'Orphanage,' 'Rec' top Portugal Film Festival
LISBON — Spanish thrillers swept the lion’s share of awards at Portugal’s 28th Fantasporto — Oporto Intl. Film Festival, which wrapped on Sunday.
Zombie movie “Rec,” by newcomers Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza, won best film and audience award following a five-minute standing ovation at the screening.
Current Spanish box-office champ “The Orphanage” won for director (Juan Antonio Bayona) and actress (Belén Rueda).
The enigmatic “La Habitacion de Fermat,” by neophyte writer-directors Luis Piedrahita and Rodrigo Sopena, won screenplay and the European Fantastic Films Federation’s Melies d’Argent.
Marc Borkowski won actor for his performance in Thomas Dunn’s serial killer tale, “The Ungodly.”
In fest’s Directors Week sidebar, helmer Janos Szasz’s “Opium — Diary of a Madwoman,” won best film and actress (Kirsti Stubo).
Roy Anderson scooped director honors for “You, the Living.” Sassom Gabai won actor laurels for “
The Special Jury Prize went to Portuguese helmer Bruno de Almeida’s Lisbon-set “The Lovebirds,” starring “Sopranos” actors Michael Imperioli and John Ventimiglia.
Max von Sydow and Portuguese helmer Fernando Lopes received lifetime achievement awards.