Cooties / U.S.A. (Directors: Jonathan Millott, Cary Murnion, Screenwriters: Leigh Whannell, Ian Brennan) — A mysterious virus hits an isolated elementary school and transforms the students into a feral swarm of mass savages; then an unlikely hero must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives. Cast: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, Nasim Pedrad.
Sitges 2013 kicks off with Grand Piano and anticipation for the arrival of Terry Gilliam
Sitges 2013 has already started and it has accentuated the excitement aroused by figures such as Elijah Wood, Terry Gilliam and Eli Roth, who walked the red carpet at the opening session this evening. Grand Piano, directed by Eugenio Mira , opens the festival, which this first day was also played by the War of the Worlds exhibition, sponsored by Gas Natural Fenosa and honors the legendary novel, radio broadcasts and films.
The 46th edition of the Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia opened today with the presentation of the film by Eugenio Mira Grand Piano. Angel Sala, director of the festival, said the festival focuses on film Catalan and Spanish, and he believes that there are plenty of good ideas, alluding to Grand Piano as well as other productions of Catalonia and the rest of State that pass through the screens of Sitges 2013. Meanwhile, Elijah Wood, who repeats the festival, said that it found “at home.” He also mentioned the value of his experience filming in Barcelona, despite the challenge has been starring in a film like Grand Piano. The director Eugenio Mira, spoke of the importance of the role of producer for potential film projects, and Rodrigo Cortes thanked the commitment made by his figure as a filmmaker.
The red carpet of the Festival saw other faces expected, like Eli Roth or Terry Gilliam. Indeed, several events tomorrow Gilliam star in Sitges. In addition to being the latest, The Zero Theorem, the former Monty Python will give a press conference and master classes open to the public.
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Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired US rights to Grand Piano in advance of its world premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin.
Starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack, the film was directed by Eugenio Mira (Agnosia) and produced by Adrián Guerra and Rodrigo Cortés (producers of Buried, Red Lights).
Wood plays Tom Selznick, the most talented pianist of his generation, who has stopped performing in public because of his stage fright. Years after a catastrophic performance, he reappears in public for a long awaited concert in Chicago. In a packed theater, in front of an expectant audience, Tom finds a message written on the score: “Play one wrong note and you die.” In the sights of an anonymous sniper (Cusack), Tom must get through the most difficult performance of his life and look for help without being detected.