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A miniature world
The sets and characters from CONFLICTIVOS PRODUCTIONS


Exhibition of dolls and models used in work by Conflictivos Prodcutions, run by Sam the animator.

Sam began his career as a professional in the field of Plasticine animation alongside the maestro Pablo Llorens at the end of the 90s, working on very different projects, such as TV series (“Doc Franky”, “Trikets”, “Capelito”, etc.), short films (Minotauromaquia, El enigma del chico croqueta, etc.), adverts (the “los García” campaign for the Euro), etc.

He is co-founder of Conflictivos Productions along with Ati, where he has created projects such as Encarna (2003) and Hermético (2004) and produced Semántica (2005). After working for the English production company Aardman for a while as an animator and conceptual designer, he directed El ataque de los Kriters asesinos (2007), The Werepig (2008) and recently Vicenta (2009) for IB Cinema.




The Festival is turning 20. A large number of visitors, events, projections, anecdotes... have all gone down over these two decades of cinema and so much more.

This exhibition compiles 34 photos that aim to tell the short history of what has gone on in the Teatro Principal and other headquarters over all this time. These are only a few notes, portraits of places, friends and visitors, moments that have become the history of the Festival.

Robert Englund, Santiago Segura, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, Jess Franco, Tsukamoto, Naschy, M. A. and many others form part of this display.

H. R. Giger in San Sebastian

© H.R. Giger museum

H. R. Giger is a versatile Swiss artist (Chur, 1940), creator if his own imaginary, a powerful and captivating world, plagued with cyborgs, monsters, demons and satanic goddesses, fetishes and gothic landscapes. He is one of the main representatives of Fantasy Art and is considered as one of the most important artists on the modern scene. As a creator, he is difficult to pigeonhole. He has many links with symbolism and surrealism but this is a worrying, dark and horrific surrealism, projected through his visionary images which very often have nightmare qualities and make you feel distinctly uneasy.

Giger is immediately associated with his most famous creation, the monster star of the film Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979), on which so much was written when it first came out. Giger is fundamentally known as a creator of claustrophobic atmospheres and designer of monsters due to the fame that he earned with this film, which has significantly marked his career. Specialist critics claim that his work on Alien changed the look of science fiction, revolutionising it. He opened the door to new possibilities for a genre that was looked down on until the nineteen sixties. His dark and sinister look that immediately generated a disturbing effect was raised as a reference point, and his monster became one of the most famous icons in modern cinema, recognised by the general public, not only by fans of the genre

But above all Giger is a plastic artist, a draughtsman, a sculptor and more particularly a painter, as he likes to recognise, with a very personal style, which he refers to as “biomechanical”, involving synthesising natural shapes (biological) and artificial shapes (technological) with great skill. This symbiosis is tackled at an iconographic level by joining organic with inorganic, anatomies and organs with industrial objects, meat with metal although this is diseased and putrefied meat and rusty, dirty metal. This is not a pleasant union, rather more complicated and uncomfortable, generating unrest and uneasiness. This is one of his great contributions to modern art, a concept with which he creates an unmistakeable aesthetic, to tackle the problem that surrounds human beings in the contemporary age, particularly in the technological era, as man is enslaved to the machines invading his environment.


2009 - Semana de Cine Fantástico y de Terror. Unidad de Cine.
Donostia Kultura. Teatro Victoria Eugenia. Reina Regente 8, 4. 20003 Donostia - San Sebastián
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