Guillermo del Toro's Cannespremiere Pan's Labyrinth will openthe 39th annual edition of the International Film Festival of Catalonia, betterknown as Sitges, which has unveiled the first details of its 2006 lineup. Thefestival takes place from Oct 6 to 15.
Labyrinth (El Laberinto Del Fauno) will form part of a Special Focus on thefilmography of del Toro, a Sitges regular.
The Spanish premiereof Inland Empire by fellow Sitgesregular David Lynch will also take place at the festival, where the directorwill be honoured with a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Blue Velvet and a presentation of his artistic works rangingfrom comics to paintings, video clips and TV series.
Other titles to be screenedat the festival this year include Official Premiere competitors The Wicker Manby Neil LaBute, Richard Linklater's AScanner Darkly and Daniel Monzon's TheKovak Box, a Filmax productionstarring Timothy Hutton.
Located in a coastaltown just outside Barcelona, Sitges has done a top notch job of expanding ts breadth beyond its core fantasygenre remit. Last year saw high profile guests such as Jodie Foster and QuentinTarantino grace Sitges' shores.
The Official FantasticSelection, the biggest of a half-dozen other sections at Sitges, includessidebars dedicated to European genre films, such as Michael Gondry's The ScienceOf Sleep; Asian films, such as KimKi-Duk's Time; animated films,like Aders Morgentahler's Princess;national titles, like Nacho Cerda's Los Abandonados; and the fantasy genre for television.
Sitges also runs a fledglingsales office for the industry, running this year form October 6-8.