Spain takes centre stage in the awards list of the 33rd BIFFF
by Aurore Engelen
- The Silver Méliès Award has gone to Another Frontier by André Cruz Shiraiwa, while the Thriller Award was bestowed upon Alberto Rodriguez’s Marshland
The 33rd BIFFF (Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival) came to an end yesterday. In the international competition, we should highlight the Special Mention of the Jury that went to Starry Eyes, a US-Belgian co-production (Title Media is the Belgian co-producer), in which Sarah’s Hollywood dream rapidly degenerates into a nightmare when she shows herself to be – a little too literally – ready to do anything in order to succeed. The Silver Raven went to Goodnight Mommy [+see also:
interview: Severin Fiala and Veronika …
film profile], which was revealed at Venice and had already been honoured with the Silver Méliès at Sitges. Directed by Severin Fiala and Veronica Franz, Goodnight Mommy is a kind of terrifying family tale set in Austria during the summer, in which two golden-haired twin brothers decide to put the love of their mother, whom they are no longer sure they recognise, to the test – no matter the cost.
However, it was Spanish cinema that pocketed the lion’s share of the trophies, as it took home the two prizes in the European competition, as well as the Best Thriller Award. The Silver Méliès was handed to Another Frontier [+see also:
interview: André Cruz Shiraiwa
film profile] by André Cruz Shiraiwa, a dystopian film complete with Orwellian flourishes, teetering between Big Brother and The Truman Show. In order to escape the Civil War, a mother and son are “welcomed” into a refugee camp where every one of their actions and movements are filmed and broadcast. The jury also awarded a Special Mention to Shrew’s Nest [+see also:
interview: Esteban Roel and Juanfer An…
film profile] by Esteban Roel and Juanfer Andrés, an in-camera movie revolving around two sisters, produced by the star of Spanish horror, Álex de la Iglesia.
Lastly, the Best Thriller Award was given to Marshland [+see also:
interview: Alberto Rodríguez
film profile] by Alberto Rodriguez, a crime film set in an island community in southern Spain at the beginning of the 1980s. Two young girls have disappeared, and two cops who have (nearly) nothing in common and have come from Madrid to investigate in these provincial lands will have to quell their differences of opinion if they want to arrest the murderer. The film harvested the trifling sum of ten statuettes during the most recent Goyas ceremony, and it has enticed over one million viewers into Spanish theatres. It will be distributed in Belgian cinemas this summer, courtesy of Cinéart.
(Translated from French)