Vincenzo Natali to Open Sitges Pitchbox (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety | 9/18/2019 | Jamie Lang
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Like Ron Perlman in 2018 and Guillermo del Toro the year before, Canadian writer-director Vincenzo Natali, whose new Netflix film, an adaption of Steven King’s “In the Tall Grass” will innaugurate October’s Sitges Film Festival, is lined up to open this year’s Sitges Pitchbox, organized in by Barcelona-based platform Filmarket Hub. The Sitges Pitchbox take place Oct 4.

One of Canada’s most prominent genre filmmakers, Natali hit the international scene running with 1997’s “Cube,” a bloody low-budget cult classic that broke records for a Canadian horror film and won best film at that year’s Sitges Festival. Herreturned to the main competition at the Catalan fest in 2002 with “Cypher,” and in 2010 directed Canada’s highest-grossing English-language film “Splice,” which starred Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley.

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His extensive body of work includes turns on some of the most popular genre TV series of the last two decades as well, including “Hannibal,” “Orphan Black,” “American Gods” and “Westworld.” He also helmed the pilot for the 2018 reboot of “Tremors.”

Seven projects make up this year’s Sitges Pitchbox.

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A standout at last year’s Ventana Sur Blood Window after first being announced at Cannes market, “Pulpo Negro” (“Black Octopus”) is based on the 1980s Argentine miniseries of the same name from legendary Latin horror pioneer Narciso Ibáñez.

An updated screenplay comes from Santiago Calvete, Luis Murillo and Hernán Moyano to be directed by Nicolás and Luciano Onetti. It’s produced by Roberta Sanchez, 16:9 Cine and Black Mandala.

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