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'Holy Motors', the big winner at Sitges 2012

13-10-2012

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The game of masks in Holy Motors, the latest film by the unclassifiable Leos Carax, won the awards for best in competition fantastic feature film and best director, as announced this afternoon at a press conference by Festival Director Ángel Sala. The film also picked up the José Luis Guarner critics’ Award. Alice Lowe, the lead actress in the black comedy Sightseers, by Ben Wheatley, won the award for Best Actress, while the psychopath from Chained, Vincent D'Onofrio, was the winner in the male category. Jennifer Lynch’s film was awarded the Special Jury Prize and Wheatley’s picked up the award for best screenplay. The Asian Films Viral Factor and Headshot obtained, respectively, the awards for best special effects and best cinematography.

 

The jury of the 45th Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia’s Official In-Competition Fantàstic Selection, consisting of Judith Colell, Denise Crosby, Lamberto Bava, Nacho Cerdà and William Lustig, decided on the following awards:

 

Best in competition fantastic feature film:

Holy Motors, by Léos Carax

 

Special jury award:

Chained, by Jennifer Lynch

 

Best director:

Holy Motors, by Léos Carax

 

Best actress:

Sightseers, Alice Lowe

 

Best actor:

Chained, Vincent D’Onofrio

 

Best screenplay:

Sightseers, by Amy Jump, Alice Lowe and Steve Oram

 

Best special effects:

The Viral Factor, by Yee Kwok-leung, Garrett Lam, Ho Kwan-yeung

 

Best cinematography:

Headshot, by Chankit Chamnivikaipong

 

 

The 45th Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia Official Fantàstic Selection’s El Periódico de Catalunya - Great Audience Appreciation Award, decided on by popular audience vote, goes to:

Robot & Frank, by Jake Schreier

 

 

The 45th Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia’s Critics’ jury, consisting of Eulàlia Iglesias, Beatriz Martínez and Juan Manuel Freire, decided on the following awards:

 

José Luis Guarner award:

Holy Motors, de Léos Carax

 

Critics’ jury Special Mention:

Berberian Sound Studio, by Peter Strickland

 

Citizen Kane award to the best debut director:

Antiviral, by Brandon Cronenberg

 

 

The 45th Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia’s Noves Visions Section jury, consisting of Jaume Ripoll, Carlos Vermut and Julian Richards, decided on the following awards:

 

Noves Visions Award

Rebelle, by Kim Nguyen

 

No-Ficció” Award

Me @ the Zoo, by Chris Moukarbel, Valerie Veatch

 

Petit Format Award

Crazy & Thief, by Cory McAbee

 

 

The 45th Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia’s Casa Asia – Anima’t Section jury, made up by Eduard Terrades, Frédéric Ambroisine and Ricardo Reparaz, decided on the following awards:

 

Best feature film in the Casa Àsia Section

Wu Xia (Dragon), by Peter Ho-sun Chan

 

Best animated feature film

Okami kodomo no ame to yuki (Wolf Children), by Mamoru Hosoda

 

Best animated short

Fuga, by Juan Antonio Espigares

 

 

The 45th Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia’s Silver Méliès jury, consisting of Blai Morell, Shelagh Rowan-Legg and Garrick Dion decided on the following awards:

 

 

Award for best in competition feature film in the Official European Fantàstic Selection

Holy Motors, by Léos Carax

 

Award for best in competition short film in the Official European Fantàstic Selection

Eat, by Moritz Krämer

 

Award for best in competition feature film in the Official Fantàstic Panorama Selection

Tower Black, by James Nunn, Ronnie Thompson

 

Award for best in competition short film in the Official Fantàstic Selection

Elefante, by Pablo Larcuen

 

 

The 45th Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia’s Brigadoon Section jury, consisting of Denise Castro, Celia Novis and Sergi Vizcaíno, decided to give the Paul Naschy - Brigadoon Award to:

 

Best Brigadoon short film:

Zona de caza, by Jordi O. Romero

 

Special mention to the short film La Cruz, directed by Alberto Evangelio, for its ability to take domestic terror to the limits.

 

 

The 45th Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia’s Carnet Jove jury, consisting of Sandra Astor (president), Meritxell Meya, Jaime A. Herrera, Joan Ruiz and Hèctor Prats, decided on the following awards:

 

Carnet Jove Jury Award for best Sitges 45 In Competition Official Fantàstic feature film:

Antiviral, by Brandon Cronenberg

 

Best feature film in the Midnight X-Treme section:

Stitches, by Conor McMahon

 

 

The 45th Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia’s SGAE - Nova Autoria jury, consisting of Inés París, Sílvia Munt and Arnau Bataller, decided on the following awards:

 

Best director:

Carles Harillo Magnet, for El mal menor, presented by the CECC

 

Best screenplay:

Carles Harillo Magnet, for El mal menor, presented by the CECC

 

Best original music:

Gonzalo Perales, composer of the soundtrack for Big red sour apple, presented by the ECIB

 

Special mantions go out to:

Stephan Hofmann, for El crimen desorganizado, presented by the Bande à Part school

Javier Sanz and Gisela Remolins, for Desvísteme, presented by the ESCAC

Fran Ramírez, for 1H92, presented by Rovira i Virgili University


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