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‘Jupiter’s Moon’ Tops Spain’s Sitges Festival

Supernatural thrillers, arthouse titles dominate main prizes

BARCELONA — Cannes competition entry “Jupiter’s Moon,” directed by Kornél Mundruczó, took best picture and F/X awards at Sitges’ 50th International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, which wraps Saturday.

Awarded titles suggest a balance between the author-driven, arthouse genre with supernatural elements – such as The Match Factory’s “Jupiter’s Moon,” an existential supernatural thriller with black comedy touches exploring immigrant crisis, terrorism, and the West’s loss of values –   and features closely linked to more traditional genres and sub-genres like revenge thrillers and horror Westerns. Notably, two main category awards went to movies directed or co-directed by women. French-Brazilian “As Boas Maneiras” directed by Jualiana Rojas and Marco Dutra won the Critics Award.

Sold by Paris’ Charades and premiering at Toronto’s Midnight Madness, Coralie Fargeat’s feature debut’s “Revenge,” a stylish rape-revenge horror thriller, took best director Fargeat snagged the Citizen Kane Award for an up-and-coming director.

A disturbing supernatural thriller and Norway’s entry for the foreign-language film Oscar, “Thelma” swept a Special Jury Prize, best script and Méliès d’Drgent award. Directed and written by Joachim Trier (“Louder Than Bombs”), and a fable about the power of the mind, “Thelma” is sold by Memento Films International and, echoing Brian de Palma’s “Carrie,” revolves around a young woman falling in love while discovering telekinetic powers.

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Indonesia’s Marsha Timothy (Charles Gozali’s “Nada untuk Asa”) scooped best actress for her performance in Eastern women’s revenge western “Marlina The Murderer in Four Acts,” directed by Mouly Surya (“What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love”).

The Best actor award went to Rafe Spall (Adam McKay’s “The Big Short”) for his work in “The Ritual,” helmed by David Bruckner (“V/H/S”).

Movies generating a large buzz on social networks included Takashi Miike’s “Blade of the Immortal,” –welcomed by genre fans as the best Miike in years – Martin Koolhoven’ “Brimstone,” and Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s “Laissez bronzer les cadavres.”

Barcelona-based distribution – production company A contracorriente acquired all Spanish rights to Klim Shipenko’s “Salyut-7” (sold by Indie Sales). Also based out of Barcelona, Twelve Oak Pictures nabbed Spain’s rights to “Brimston” (sold by Embankment Films) and Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s “Leatherface,” on Millennium Films sales slate.

At Coming Soon, a showcase offering projects in different stages of production to potential partners, two features sparked largest attention –”Baby,” directed by Juanma Bajo Ulloa, and produced by Frágil Zinema and Timber Films, and “El visitante,” directed by first-timer Alberto Evangelio Ramos.

Figures receiving Time Machine Awards included German actor Udo Kier (Paul Morrisey’s “Flesh for Frankenstein”; Thomas Gulamerian’s “Courier X”) and Spanish actor-director Santiago Segura, creator of the “Torrente” franchise.

Lifetime achievement Grand Honorary Awards went to Johnnie To (“Three,” “Vengeance”), Oscar winner Susan Sarandon, William Friedkin and Frank Langella (John Badham’s “Dracula”). The 51st edition Sitges Fest will pay tribute to Stanley Kubrick’s “2001, A Space Odyssey,” 50 years on.

2017 SITGES FESTIVAL PRIZES

OFFICIAL FANTASTIC COMPETITION

FILM

“Jupiter’s Moon,” (Kornél Mundruczó, Hungary, Germany)

DIRECTOR

Coralie Fargeat (“Revenge,” France)

SPECIAL JURY AWARD

“Thelma,” (Joachim Trier, Norway, Sweden, France, Denmark)

ACTRESS

Marsha Timothy (“Marlina The Murderer In Four Acts,” Indonesia, France, Malaysia, Thailand)

ACTOR

Rafe Spall (“The Ritual,” U.S. )

SCREENPLAY

Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt (“Thelma”)

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Andrew Droz Palermo (“A Ghost Story, U.S.)

F/X

Ferenc Deák, (“Jupiter’s Moon”)

YOUTH JURY AWARDS

“A Ghost Story”

BEST MIDNIGHT X-TREME

“Anna and the Apocalypse,” (John McPhail, U.K.)

JOSE LUIS GUARNER CRITICS’ AWARD

EX AEQUO:

“As Boas Maneiras,” (Juliana Rojas, Marco Dutra, Brazil, France)

“The Killing Of A Sacred Deer,” (Yorgos Lanthimos, Ireland, U.K.)

CITIZEN KANE AWARD TO AN UP-AND-COMING DIRECTOR

Coralie Fargeat

‘LA VANGUARDIA’ PUBLIC AWARD (short)

“Killing God,” (Albert Pintó & Caye Casas, Spain)

ASIA FOCUS

BEST FILM

“A Special Lady,” (Lee An-kyu, South Korea)

SPECIAL MENTION

“Marlina The Murderer In Four Acts,” (Mouly Surya)

ANIMA’T AWARDS

BEST ANIMATION FILM AWARD

“Tehran Taboo,” (Ali Soozandeh, Germany, Austria)

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

“Hybrids,” (Florian Brauch, Matthieu Pujol, Kim Tailhades, Yohan Thireau, Romain Thirion, France)

MELIES D’ARGENT

 BEST FILM

“Thelma”

MELIES D’ARGENT BEST SHORT

“Expire,” (Magalí Magistry, France)

BLOOD WINDOW (LATIN AMERICAN PRODUCTION)

“Madraza,” (Hernán Aguilar, Argentina)

SPECIAL MENTION FOR BEST ACTRESS

Isabél Zuaa (“As Boas Maneiras”)

BRIGADOON PAUL NASCHY AWARD FOR BEST SHORT

Cuerno de hueso,” (Adrián López, Spain)

NEW VISIONS AWARDS

NEW VISIONS ONE

“Dave Made a Maze,” (Bill Watterson, U.S.)

NEW VISIONS PLUS

” DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME, (Bill Morrison, U.S.)

NEW VISIONS BEST SHORT

“Hoissuru,” (Armand Rovira, Spain)

DISCOVERY BEST FEATURE AWARD

“Brigsby Bear,” (Dave McCary, U.S.)

SAMSUNG SITGES COCOON

BEST VR FEATURE

“Knives,” (Adam Cosco, U.S.)

SPECIAL MENTION:

“Ray,” (Rafael Pavón, U.S.)

BEST VR FEATURE PUBLIC AWARD

“Alteration,” (Jérôme Blanquet, France)

FANTASTIC PANORAMA /BEST FEATURE

“Creep 2,” (Patrick Brice, U.S.)

FANTASTIC PANORAMA /DOCUMENTARY

“78/52,” (Alexandre O. Philippe, U.S.)

ORBITA AWARD

“The Battleship Island: Director’s Cut,” (Seung-Wan Ryoo, South Korea)

 SGAE AWARDS – NEW CATALAN AUTHORS

SHORT

“Celebració,” Pau Cruanyes, Gerard Vidal

SCRIPT

Anna Agulló, “Una caja cerrada

MUSIC

Joan Massats (“Sesgo, una historia de prejuicios y golosinas”)

SPECIAL MENTION

“La fuga de los 45,” (Cristina Caamaño)

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