Sitges 2011: Opening Film, Programme Preview, and More
It may be a holiday here in the States, but it’s business as usual for the rest of the world, as evidenced by the news breaking today regarding the 2011 Sitges Film Festival, held 6-16 October on the Catalan coast of Spain. We have for you info on the fest’s opening film as well as a programme preview.
SITGES 2011 delves into the concept of artificial intelligence, examining how it’s been discussed in film and what its future prospects are in regard to fiction and reality.
With the tenth anniversary of A.I. (Steven Spielberg, 2000) as a point of contact, the Festival will consider the questions that inspired Kubrick and Spielberg for this project: the emotional intelligence of machines and communication between synthetic intelligences.
China, The Festival’s advertising agency, has developed this year’s posters based on the geminoids created by Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro in Japan. According to Rafa Antón, founding partner of China: “We often take artificial intelligence as something that’s exclusive to fantasy and science fiction. But it’s actually much closer than we think. And proof of it is this year’s image: two apparently normal portraits of two ordinary people, only they aren’t people.
They are two robots. And they exist. Our intention with these posters is to arouse people’s curiosity, for them to question things that appear to be real. We thought it was a good idea to play with this ambiguity.”