TrustMovies is really sorry he didn't get a review up of STIGMATA (Estigmas) sooner, before it had finished its SCN showings. On the other hand, he's happy to have seen it on the big screen rather than via DVD screener, on which a good portion of its beautiful, widescreen, black-and-white cinematography (by Pere Pueyo) would have been lost. This tale of a big bruiser named Bruno (far, far from that other Bruno who recently graced movie screens) who one morning awakes to find himself "stigmatized" by those same religious symbols that seem to invade the world's movies from time to time (didn't Patricia Arquette have them last?) offers a good deal more than either its title or subject might indicate.
Said to be based upon a graphic novel by Lorenzo Mattotti and Claudio Piersanti (who co-wrote one of the better Italian films of recent years, La giusta distanza), the movie has been directed as a work of art by Adán Aliaga (shown above), a Spanish filmmaker from Alicante whose command of technique in the service of telling a very strange story is remarkable.
Stigmata had its only two screenings during the first few days of SCN. Being an art film, and a good one, a theatrical release seem unlikely. But stick the director's and the film's names in your memory bank and pounce, should any opportunity to view it -- DVD, cable, streaming -- ever appear.