Sitges International Film Festival celebrates 50 years with a fantastic exhibition commemorating 50 years of the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival, which opened on Thursday 22nd of June at the Catalan Film Archive.

The exhibit covers the festival’s history, showing how it has evolved with different films and guests summarizing the past five decades. ‘Cinema is Fantastic’ is the title of the retrospective which includes all 50 posters from previous editions.

There were also pictures of the celebrity guests invited to the festival over the years and images from some of the films that have been screened in Sitges. “We are celebrating 50 years of the festival and are at a high point.

We wanted to show the entire journey from the 1960s up until now,” said curator, Diego López. The exhibition can be visited in Barcelona until September 17, after which it will be moved to Sitges to coincide with this year’s edition of the festival.

According to toLópez, the exhibition “is a reflection” of the festival’s evolution, a journey through the changes to different aspects of the festival as it became a landmark event, not only among genre specialists but also on the global international film scene in general.

The free exhibition presents the festival’s history and the evolution of the genre through four thematic areas: animation, zombies, Spanish cinema and Asian film.

During summer and until October, to go along with the exhibit, the Catalan Film Archive has programmed a retrospective of 50 movies that have played a significant role in turning the festival into one of the most important in the film genre.

The films to be screened in this initiative include big hits, such as:

  • The Evil Dead (Sam Raimi, 1981),
  • The Exorcist (William Friedkin, 1973),
  • The Thing (John Carpenter, 1982),
  • Streets of Fire (Walter Hill, 1984),
  • Hostel (Eli Roth, 2005),
  • The Pillow Book (Peter Greenaway 1996),
  • Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino, 1992)
  • Ringu (Hideo Nakata, 1998),