Gore glories celebrated at festival
“The Call of Cthulhu,” Andrew Leman and Sean Branney’s silent 1920s-style telling of H.P. Lovecraft’s eponymous gothic horror tale, took the Prix Tournage for American film at the 23rd Avignon Film Festival on Sunday.
Tour de force tribute to the glories of scary movies before the advent of synchronized sound has been burning up the festival trail with title cards in 24 languages.
California-based team made the self-financed spookfest in a garage in 18 months, transforming color video footage into an affectionate replica of vintage black and white celluloid.
The Prix Tournage for European film went to French helmer Franck Guerin’s “Un jour d’ete” (A Summer Day), about the painful aftermath of a soccer accident in a small town.
Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine’s “Ballets Russes” won the new Pierre Salinger Prize for doc.
The French Union of Film Composers prize honored Greek musician Nikos Kypourgos’ score to American Elizabeth Puccini’s indie drama “The Four Corners of Suburbia.”
Panavision Prizes for shorts went to Florida-based Laurence Walsh for “Cold Kenya” and to Germany’s Oliver Frohnauer for “The Last Days.”
Hungarian-born French New Wave thesp Laslo Szabo attended for a mini-retrospective at the four-day fest.
Manhattan’s Hunter College will host the Avignon/New York fest Nov. 15-19.