Ángel Sala (born 1964) is the director of the Sitges Film Festival.[1]

Ángel Sala
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Ángel Sala during the Sitges Film Festival of 2017
Àngel Sala

1964 (age 58–59)
Occupation(s)Writer, screenwriter and film critic

A Serbian Film was banned by a court in San Sebastián, Spain for "threatening sexual freedom" and thus could not be shown in the XXI Semana de Cine Fantástico y de Terror (21st Horror and Fantasy Film Festival).[2] The film was shown at an adults-only screening at the Spanish Sitges Film Festival during October 2010. As a result, the festival's director Ángel Sala was charged with exhibiting child pornography by the Spanish prosecutor who decided to take action in May 2011 after receiving a complaint from a Roman Catholic organization over a pair of scenes involving the rapes of a young child and a newborn.[3] The charges were later dropped.[4]

Paradoxically, film was awarded in others festivals like the Fantasporto in Porto, Portugal.[5][6] Film was presented in 40 countries, and only in Spain had this problem.[7]

Several directors of different film festivals (Sevilla, San Sebastián, Valladolid, Málaga, Pamplona, Huelva and Granada, etc.) sent letters to Salas showing their support.[8]

He has written several books about films.[9] It includes Tiburón: Vas a necesitar un barco más grande!: el filme que cambió Hollywood (2005), about the film Jaws (1975);[10][11] Profanando el sueño de los muertos: la historia jamás contada del cine fantástico español (2010), about Spanish cinema;[12][13] and Just imagine: 50 títulos esenciales del cine de ciencia ficción (2017), about science fiction films.[14][15]



  1. ^ "Programado por Ángel Sala". Canal TCM (in Spanish). Turner Broadcasting System Europe Limited. WarnerMedia. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Zabrana za "Srpski film"". B92. 5 November 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  3. ^ Pape, Eric (12 May 2011). "So Scandalous a Prosecutor Took Notice". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Angel Sala, Director of the Festival, exonerated of charges derived from the screening of 'A Serbian Film' in October 2010". Sitges Film Festival. 23 February 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2012.
  5. ^ García, Jesús (9 March 2011). "Imputado el director del Festival de Sitges por exhibición de pornografía infantil". El País (in Spanish). Barcelona. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  6. ^ Ríos, Pere (5 March 2011). "El fiscal denuncia al director del Festival de Sitges". El País (in Spanish). Barcelona. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  7. ^ Agencias (5 May 2011). "El director del festival de Sitges declara ante el juez". El País (in Spanish). Barcelona. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  8. ^ Aldarondo, Ricardo (9 March 2011). "Los festivales de cine apoyan a Ángel Sala, acusado por proyectar 'A Serbian Film'". Diario Vasco (in Spanish). San Sebastián. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
  9. ^ Callero, Carlos (22 April 2009). "Directores de festivales II: José Luis Rebordinos del Festival de Donosti y Angel Sala del Festival de Sitges". Tucamon (in Spanish). Comisariado de Cine y Fotografía. Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  10. ^ "2005 38ED. FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINEMA DE CATALUNYA (9/10 - 18/10)". Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya (in Spanish). 2005. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  11. ^ Martín Hernández, Tomás (11 December 2013). "Biodiversidad imaginaria en el cine. De la Monster Movie a la taxonomía de ficción" (PDF). Revista Latente (in Spanish): 85–113. ISSN 1697-459X.
  12. ^ Hgarza (28 September 2010). "Profanando el Sueño de los Muertos, nuevo libro de cine español". Super Luchas (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  13. ^ ""Profanando el sueño de los muertos", de Ángel Sala, en Scifiworld". Axxon.com (in Spanish). 18 September 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  14. ^ "PRE-FANT Conversación Ángel Sala-Juan Zapater "Just imagine"". Guggenheim Bilbao (in Basque). Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  15. ^ Santamaría, Jaime (26 April 2018). "Ángel Sala habla de "Just imagine. 50 títulos esenciales del cine de ciencia ficción"". Fantasymundo (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 January 2019.

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