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Sitges International Film Festival kicks off with the Catalan production ‘Eva’ starring Daniel Brühl

The 44th edition of the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia begins with the presentation of ‘Eva’, a Catalan movie about robots and artificial intelligence. It stars German-Catalan actor Daniel Brühl (‘Inglorious Basterds’, ‘Good bye Lenin’, or ‘The Edukators’) and ACN talked to him. It is the first time a Catalan movie opens this international festival that will run from October 6th until October 16th.


07 October 2011 03:00 PM


ACN / Pere Francesch / Violeta Gumà

Sitges (ACN).- The Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia started on Thursday and will run until October 16th. Sitges 2011 is the world\u2019s main film festival specialising in science fiction and horror movies. The movie \u2018Eva\u2019, with the German-Catalan actor Daniel Brühl and directed by Kike Maíllo, opened the festival. It is the first time that a Catalan movie kicks off \u2018Sitges\u2019, as it is popularly known in the industry. Other Catalan movies are \u2018Mientras Duermes\u2019 by Jaume Balagueró, showing the obsession of a gatekeeper with one of his building\u2019s neighbours, and \u2018Emergo\u2019 by Carles Torrens, showing the horrors hidden in an apartment taken over by paranormal forces. \u2018Eva\u2019 is a reflection of human imperfection, \u201Chuman\u2019s will to play as gods\u201D and artificial intelligence, explained Brühl. Actually, this edition\u2019s poster pictures the androids Geminoid H1-2 and Geminoid F, created by Hiroshi Ishiguro, professor at the University of Osaka and leader of the ATR Laboratory. This edition wants to pay tribute to Stanley Kubrick\u2019s and Steven Spielberg\u2019s \u2018A.I. Artificial Intelligence\u2019. Hiroshi Ishiguro will offer two conferences at Sitges 2011 and \u2018Eva\u2019 opens the festival. \u2018Eva\u2019 pictures the story of Alex (Daniel Brühl), a brilliant machine designer who goes back to his place of birth. There, he accepts the mission to finish a project: the creation of a robot child. The movie was shot in Catalan and Spanish in Switzerland and is produced by Catalan companies. ACN talked with Daniel Brühl on Thursday. The actor was born in Catalonia from a German father and a Catalan mother, but grew up in Cologne.

Daniel Brühl became famous with the German film Good Bye Lenin (2003). Some of the films he is also in are \u2018Ladies in Lavender\u2019 (2004), \u2018The Edukators\u2019 (2004), \u2018Salvador (Puig Antich)\u2019 (2006), and \u2018The Bourne Ultimatum (2007). However, he is mostly recognised for being the Nazi soldier Frederick Zoller in Quentin Tarantino\u2019s \u2018Inglorious Basterds\u2019 (2009). CNA talked with him in Sitges.

What relationship do you have with robots?

I\u2019m scared of robots! I wouldn\u2019t mind having a domo at home, which will tide up everything and cook for me, but I prefer real things. A world without robots.

The movie proves that humans are not imitable. However, there are robots that could be like \u2018Eva\u2019, and  we could end up quite close to robots.

We are not perfect. Humans make errors. That\u2019s why the world is in such a state. The movie shows human imperfections and the need we have to be better, to be perfect and the human will to play as gods.

And it\u2019s dangerous\u2026

Of course! And it ends up the wrong way.

What do you like the most about Alex? 

He is a strange guy, lonely, obsessive with what he\u2019s doing, and I like obsessive people, who focus on something. He is smart and has a lot of passion. And this generates a strange feeling because I\u2019m not a scientist at all! With machines and technology I am the clumsiest person in the world.

Alex is a very different character from those you have pictured until now.

Yes, I always try to find very different characters, change genres and mindsets. \u2018Eva\u2019 is a completely new experience. It is my first science fiction film. Alex is also a more introverted character, less likable, and less friendly than the rest I have portrayed. \u2018Eva\u2019 is also the first futuristic film I have done, which makes it special.

Eva\u2019s entourage is important. Why Switzerland?

[The entourage] is like another character in the movie. It is the perfect entourage because it is isolated, in a strange zone, abandoned but visually beautiful. I had never seen so many kilometres of untouched snow! It is a magical landscape that enriches the movie shots and creates a beautiful atmosphere.

In \u2018Eva\u2019 the emotion can be regulated. Have you ever felt the need to do so in any moment of your life?

Of course! I would like to have a sort of gadget enabling me to regulate emotions. My emo levels change a lot, and I could be a little bit more stable!

It's lucky that we cannot do it!


Today \u2018Eva\u2019 has been screened for the first time. Are you happy with the result?

I\u2019m extremely happy! It is very difficult to anticipate the result despite the fact of having a good script, especially with science fiction films. The film is technically perfect, and it is a strange mix of science fiction, drama but with some moments of romance. It has many nuances, many layers, and all this is what makes the movie special.



Other Catalan movies at the Festival

In Sitges 2011, many Catalan movies will be screened, such as 'Alto Sauce', by Fernando Pomares; 'Amanecidos', by Yonay Boix i Pol; 'Amor Sacro', by Javier Yañez; 'Brutal Relax 3D', by Adrián Cardona, Rafa Dengrá and David Muñoz; 'Corte', by Arnau Pons; 'Coup de Grâce', by Clara van Gool; 'Guía de supervivencia estudiantil', by Joan Marc Sastre; 'La cuerda', by Pablo Solà; 'Leyenda', by Pau Teixidor; 'Mal cuerpo', by Marc Carreté; 'REM', by Javier Ferreiro and María Sosa Betancor; 'Open 24 H', by Carles Torras; 'Rosa', by Jesús Orellana; 'Sabrina', by Sergio Colmenar; 'Sonia', by Guillermo Ruiz; 'Te i fantasmes (Tea and Ghosts)\u2019, by Sintu Amat; 'The Monk', by Dominik Moll; 'Trumpet', by Anna Petrus; 'Under the apron', by Theo Prasidis; 'Uhima-Next', by Jesús Manuel Montané and Joan Frank Charansonnet; 'Versus', by Javier Lozano; and 'Vlogger', by Ricard Gras.


  • A moment of ACN's interview with Daniel Brühl (by P. Francesch)

  • A caption from 'Eva' with Daniel Brühl (by

  • The presentation of 'Eva' at Sitges 2011 (by P. Francesch)

  • A moment of ACN's interview with Daniel Brühl (by P. Francesch)
  • A caption from 'Eva' with Daniel Brühl (by
  • The presentation of 'Eva' at Sitges 2011 (by P. Francesch)