Darkness, Jaume Balaguero's highly-anticipated follow-up feature to his award-winning debut The Nameless (Los Sin Nombre), is set to inaugurate the 35th edition of the International Film Festival of Catalunya, better known as Sitges (October 3-13).

A co-production between Filmax's Fantastic Factory and Miramax, the English-language thriller stars Anna Paquin, Lena Olin and Giancarlo Giannini and was shot entirely in and around Barcelona.

Other titles confirmed for Sitges' central Fantasy section include David Cronenberg's Spider, Rob Bowman's Reign Of Fire, Alexander Sokurov's The Russian Ark, and Danny and Oxide Pang's The Eye. In the fest's parallel Gran Angular section, the following titles have been unveiled: DJ Caruso's Salton Sea, Roger Avary's Rules Of Attraction and Woody Allen's Hollywood Ending.