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 itâ€™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 Festivalâ€™s advertising agency, has developed this yearâ€™s posters based on the geminoids created by Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro in Japan. According to Rafa AntÃ³n, founding partner of China: â€œWe often take artificial intelligence as something thatâ€™s exclusive to fantasy and science fiction. But itâ€™s actually much closer than we think. And proof of it is this yearâ€™s image: two apparently normal portraits of two ordinary people, only they arenâ€™t people.
They are two robots. And they exist. Our intention with these posters is to arouse peopleâ€™s curiosity, for them to question things that appear to be real. We thought it was a good idea to play with this ambiguity.â€