The Basque-Catalan production 'El hoyo' ('The Platform') conquers Sitges 2019
A film produced in Spain picks up the award for best feature film at the Sitges Festival
The Special Jury Award and the Méliès d'Argent for best film are for Adoration, while the creative couple Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles walk away with the Award for best directors and the José Luis Guarner Critics Award for 'Bacurau'
The list of award winners at the 52nd edition of the Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia was widely spread around. The debut feature directed by Basque filmmaker Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia, El Hoyo (The Platform), convinced the jury of the Official Fantàstic Selection, who honored it with the award for best feature film and also the critics jury and the audience, with the Citizen Kane Award to the best new director and the Grand Audience Appreciation Award for best film. Filmmaker Fabrice du Welz and his suggestive Adoration also won two awards, the Special Jury Award and the Méliès d'Argent for best feature film. The other big double winners this year were the filmmakers Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles who also convinced the jury and the critics, with two awards for Bacurau.
Two people per level. An unknown number of levels. And a platform with food for all of them. Under this extremely disturbing premise, the thriller El hoyo (The Platform), Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia’s feature debut was presented this Tuesday in Sitges, one of this year’s big Spanish production surprises and one of the five feature film debuts presented in the in-competition official selection at Sitges 2019. Gaztelu-Urrutia makes a rocky and very powerful social critique opting for a dystopian but also graphic and violent science fiction that has seduced festivals such as Toronto or the Fantastic Fest and, as of today, will go down in history as the first Basque-Catalan production to win the award for best feature film in Sitges.
The return to the Ardennes woods, where he filmed Calvaire and Allelui, brought very good news to the Belgian filmmaker who is so well-known in Sitges, Fabrice Du Welz. With his suggestive Adoration, where he tells the story of a youthful odyssey of freedom, love and madness, and where emotions are so pure that they hurt, Du Weiz picks up the Special Jury Award and the Méliés d'Argent at best feature film.
Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles, responsible for Bacurau, winner of the Jury Award at the recent Cannes Film Festival, are also leaving Sitges with the recognition of the official jury for best direction and a Critics' Award with this deeply ironic, brutal dystonia that is so critical of the times we are living in and which filled the Meliá Auditori at both of its screenings.