Suspiria, the re-imaging of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic directed by Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino (Call Me by Your Name), and Tilda Swinton were the big stars of the day. The movie, which officially opened the 51th Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, is an exercise in style that stands out thanks to its great visual strength. A touched Tilda Swinton, present in Sitges’ fantastic imaginary since she starred in Orlando, received the Festival’s maximum prize, the Grand Honorary Award, from the hands of film director J.A. Bayona. And she confessed: “This is a very special day for me and I’m warning you, I might cry. I spent this last week by my father’s side because he was dying. He couldn’t talk, so as I sat there, I imagined what he might be thinking or fantasizing about. And I wondered if I would be able to come to this fantastic Festival I was invited to. And then it happened, he died this morning. I doubted whether to come or not, but I decided to go ahead because Sitges is Fantasy”.
Source: Sitges Film Festival.