British cinema garnered the top prizes in the 30th Oporto Film Festival (Fantasporto) — Portugal’s biggest film fest — which wrapped on Saturday.
“Heartless,” Philip Ridley’s magical realist chiller set in London’s East End, won the grand prize for film, best director and actor honors for Jim Sturgess in the flagship Fantasy Film section.
Actress nod went to Scot Neve McIntosh for her role in Laurence Gough’s monster horror tale “Salvage.”
Jury prize went to Danish helmer Ole Bornedal’s disturbing thriller “Deliver Us From Evil.”
Park Chan-wook’s vampire tale “Thirst” won best film in Fantasporto’s Orient Express sidebar, dedicated to Asian cinema. Pic was a joint Cannes 2009 jury prize winner with Andrea Arnold’s London-set kitchen-sink drama “Fish Tank,” which won film and screenplay honors in Fantasporto’s Director’s Week section.
Other Director’s Week awards went to Hungarian satirical film “1,” based on Stanislaw Lem’s short story “One Human Minute,” which won director for Pater Sparrow and actor for Zoltan Mucsi.
Actress kudos went to Spain’s Elena Anaya for her role in Gabe Ibanez’s debut thriller “Hierro,” about a woman searching for her missing son.
Russia’s Oscar foreign-language film nominee, Karen Shakhnazarov’s “Ward No. 6,” won the special jury prize.
Audience award went to the fest’s opening pic, Michael J. Bassett’s dark, swashbuckling epic, “Solomon Kane.”
Nine-day fest presented more than 400 features and shorts and also included workshops on fx and robotics.