1st February 2023
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‘Venus’, directed by Jaume Balagueró, to open Sitges Film Festival on 6 October

Jaume Balagueró’s latest and eagerly awaited film, Venus, will be opening the 55th edition of the Sitges Film Festival on 6 October.

The Catalan director has crafted a terrifying story inspired by American writer H.P. Lovecraft, and starring Ester Expósito. Following its screening at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival, Sitges will be hosting the film’s European premiere

Venus is the second project from The Fear Collection, the Spanish film label specialising in the horror and suspense film genre, created by Sony Pictures International Productions and Pokeepsie Films (Álex de la Iglesia and Carolina Bang’s production company), in association with Prime Video.

In the terrifying Venus, Balagueró, who also co-wrote the screenplay together with Fernando Navarro (‘Verónica’, ‘Unknown Origins’), conjures up cosmic terror inside a building in the suburbs of Madrid. 

Balagueró has opened Sitges at past editions with Darkness, [REC 2] – together with Paco Plaza – and [REC 4]. He has also been part of the Festival’s Official Selection on numerous occasions, with films like The Nameless (which garnered three awards), [REC] (together with Paco Plaza, which also picked up three awards), Fragile, Sleep Tight and Muse. In addition to having participated with his first short films and winning awards for Alicia

The film will be arriving exclusively to theatres across Spain on 2 December courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Following its theatrical run, Venus will be available on Prime Video. 

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