The exciting and provocative 'Climax' wins at Sitges 2018
The Special Jury Award goes to ‘Lazzaro Felice’, which also wins the Critics’ Awards, while Panos Cosmatos picks up the Award for Best Director for ‘Mandy’
The list of award winners at the 51st Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia was very widely dispersed. Filmmaker Gaspar Noé and Climax convinced the jury of the Official Selection, which presented it with the award for Best Feature Length Film. The Special Jury Award was for the fantastic fable Lazzaro Felice, which picked up two more prizes, the Critics’ Award and the Carnet Jove Jury Award. Meanwhile, filmmaker Panos Cosmatos was proclaimed best director for Mandy.
The Argentinean director residing in France, Gaspar Noé, after winning the Golden Méliès Award a few days ago for the year’s best European fantastic production, obtained the Award for Best Feature Length Film at Sitges 2018. Climax is a sensorial and lysergic festival to the rhythm of urban dance, with the dose of perturbation that characterizes Gaspar Noé. In this new film, Noé locks viewers up, along with a group of dancer, in a large house in the middle of the snow to rehearse the choreographies for their new show.
From Italy comes Lazzaro Felice, the third movie by the screenwriter and filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher, which thrilled Cannes, where it picked up the award for best screenplay. It’s a film that’s hallway between a tale, magical realism, social drama and science fiction, which was presented by actor Sergi López at a packed Retiro theater. The film picked up three prizes: the Special Jury Award, the Critics’ Award and the Carnet Jove Jury Award.
Meanwhile, Mandy, a powerful action and vengeance film with dazzling aesthetics was acknowledged by the Official Selection Jury that rewarded the work of its director, Panos Cosmatos.