After informing the dates of the 37th edition of the Molins de Rei Horror Film Festival which will be held next November 9th to 18th, time has come to introduce this year’s leitmotiv for the Festival: De Palma vs De Palma
The New Hollywood generation burst on scene in the late sixties and got prominence in the seventies. The rise of an outstanding school of film makers who were mad about the cinema with which they had grown up, allowed the glorious sixties to stand out as one of the best times in the history of North-American cinema. Among the sacred names of that central movement, the name of BRIAN DE PALMA comes out written in capital letters.
With 77 years of age, De Palma is still one of the North-American directors whose work is expected around the world. It is beyond doubt that his latest film, Domino, is bound for being one of the favourites of 2018. De Palma is a synonym of respect, cinephilia, passion, skills, talent… Besides the premiere of his latest film, this year is the 40th anniversary of The Fury (1978), one of the greatest horror films that he has offered throughout a filmography which has developed for almost six decades.
De Palma has been acclaimed by the great audiences for universal titles such as Scarface (1983), The Untouchables (1987) or Mission: Impossible (1996) as well as for directing the main film-stars of the moment: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Nancy Allen, Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Sissy Spacek, Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, Amy Irving, John Travolta, Melanie Griffith, Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Bruce Willis, Tom Hanks among many others. But, beyond this all, the fascinating «depalmanian» work includes horror jewels such as Sisters (1972), Carrie (1976) or Raising Cain (1992). And, of course, the non-stopping hitchockian approach that prints De Palma’s signature, in other words, master-to-master, with irresistible titles like Obsession (1976), Dressed to Kill (1980), Blow Out (1981), Body Double (1984), Snake Eyes (1988), Femme Fatale (2002) or Passion (2012). Essential oddities like Phantom of the Paradise (1974), as well as central titles like Carlito’s Way (1993) or The Black Dahlia (2006).
Our fascination for Brian De Palma’s films, his personal and essential way of approaching horror, and his ability to seduce us again and again are the reasons why the 37th edition of the Molins de Rei Horror Film Festival is going to focus on mainly three words: Brian De Palma. This is going to be a year concerned with long sequence shots, split up screens, direct and metaphoric open-ups, provocation, desire and meddling. Now, get dressed to kill, free all your fury and get ready for a prom night bound to have amazing effects.
Albert Galera. Arts Director – Molins de Rei Horror Film Festival.