Sitges productions continue to chalk up international awards
The long shadow of Sitges 2014 is constantly chalking up awards, prizes and nominations at diverse festivals and gala ceremonies. Both Golden Globe and Feroz Awards have gone to productions includes in the Festival’s lineup, while Sitges 2014 is also in the air among the nominees for Gaudí, Goya and Academy Awards.
Among the nominees at the Gaudí Awards, to be held next Sunday, are Jaume Balagueró’s REC4, with nine nominations; and Magical Girl for best European film.
The Goya Awards, to be held on February 7th, will be full of nominees from among some of the films that attracted considerable attention at the Festival: Musarañas (Shrew’s Nest), by Juanfer Andrés and Esteban Roel, is up for 22 nominations; Relatos Salvajes (Wild Tales), by Damián Szifrón, 19; Carlos Vermut’s big hit Magical Girl, 17 and Gabe Ibáñez’s Autómata, 11. Precisely Antonio Banderas, who was in Sitges to present his latest movie and pick up the Festival’s Grand Honorary Award, will be receiving the Honorary Goya for his life achievement.
And there will even be memories of Sitges at the Academy Awards with Relatos Salvajes (Wild Tales), up for best foreign language film.
The precursor to the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes, was an excellent acknowledgement for Sitges, giving two different awards to Fargo –which premiered in the Serial Sitges category– with a Golden Globe for best miniseries and best actor in a miniseries for Billy Bob Thornton. Fargo was already a big winner last year at the Emmy Awards with awards for best miniseries and best direction.
The European film awards were the first scenario for acknowledgement of productions programmed at the Festival: Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, screened as part of the Official Fantàstic Selection, picked up the award for best musical composition, which went to Mica Levi.
In addition, the Blue Dragons –the annual awards for Korean productions, held this past December– included three titles from Sitges among the award-winning films. Han Gung-jo –that received the award for best fiction film in the Noves Visions category at Sitges 2014–, picked up Blue Dragons for best actress, that went to Chun Woo Hee, and best new director for Lee Soo Jin. Likewise, Kim Seong-Hun’s A Hard Day picked up the award for best supporting actor for Jo Jin Woong. And finally, Yoon Jong-bin’s film Kun –do: Age of the Rampant received the awards for best lighting and soundtrack.
The Feroz Awards, held last Sunday, honored Magical Girl with the award for best actress that went to Bárbara Lennie; best supporting actor for José Sacristán, and the prize for best poster. Lennie had just recently also won the José María Forqué Award for best actress. Magical Girl had also picked up the Golden Shell Award at the latest San Sebastian Film Festival.
In addition, this past December the Mórbido Fest in Puebla (Mexico) gave awards to two different Sitges brand productions: REC 4, by Jaume Balagueró, and Capa Caída, by Santiago Alvarado.