Sitges festival scares up entries

'2001' getting a 40th anniversary tribute

MADRID -- Classic sci-fi and fantasy films will be feted at October's Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia, but it's "pure horror" movies that will compete in the official selection, organizers said Wednesday.

Receiving a special homage on its 40th anniversary will be "2001: A Space Odyssey," with appearances by stars Gary Lockwood and Keir Dullea, and special effects supervisor Douglas Trumball. Other films to be honored include "King Kong," "Planet of the Apes" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

Among the contemporary films competing for the fest's top prize are Fabrice Du Weiz' "Vinyan," Jennifer Lynch's Cannes entry "Surveillance," "Let the Right One In" by Tomas Alfredson and several titles from Asia.

The Sitges festival, held on Spain's Mediterranean coast, runs Oct. 2-12.