Vanishing Waves picks up Méliès d'Or at Sitges
- Lithuanian sci-fi love story adds the prestigious award for Best European Fantasy Feature and goes from strength to strength
After premiering at the 47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Kristina Buozyte's Vanishing Waves [+see also:
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film profile] (review) has slowly been garnering an impressive reputation. Since its very first screening - where the Lithuanian sci-fi/romance walked away with a Special Jury Mention at Karlovy Vary - the film has also won the Jury Award at the Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival, The Jury Award at the Palic International Film Festival, the Emeric Pressburger Prize at the 9th Jameson CineFest in Hungary and a sweep of awards at the Austin Fantastic Fest.
After winning a Méliès d'Argent at the Lund Fantastic Film Festival in Sweden, Vanishing Waves went on to win the Méliès d'Or (Best European Fantastic Film Festival) at this year's Sitges Fantastic Film Festival (beating off competition from the likes of the massively popular Sleep Tight [+see also:
film profile] by Jaume Balagueró). The award cements its status as one of the most popular European genre films of the year. It's even more impressive when one considers the fact that genre films (especially good genre films) from the Baltics are few and far between.
Screenings at Love and Anarchy in Finland and Busan in Korea have also shown that the film is transcending genre audiences. Currently under negotiation for sales in France, the UK, Brazil, Italy and Spain, the film has already been sold to art-house distributor New Select Co in Japan.
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