The 18th edition of the Lund International Fantastic Film Festival drew to a close yesterday and the winners of the competition awards were announced during the closing ceremony.
The Lithuanian sci fi romantic thriller
Vanishing Waves took home the award for best feature film in the
competition line up, the Méliès d'Argent! This is of course very
important for the film as the win also means it will be part of the
competition line up at Sitges and will vie for an even bigger honor
of Best European Film.
Our own Brian Clark had this to say in his review of the film, "Vanishing Waves is an exquisite sci-fi head trip in the vein of Solaris and 2001: A Space Odyssey, one which takes pleasure in ideas and exploration rather than cheap thrills. As a bonus, it's also sexier than either of those movies".
Below is the press release from the festival organizers.
The 18th edition of Lund International Fantastic Film Festival ended yesterday, Saturday September 29th, with the traditional closing ceremony at which our two juries announced the 2012 awards.
In the international competition line up, the award THE SIREN, was given to the Irish film DOLLHOUSE directed by Kirsten Sheridan. The 2012 International Jury consisted of Hélène Cattet, Timo Vuorensola and our guest of honor Mr. George A. Romero. Their motivation was very simple: "Dollhouse was simply put the best film!"
In our European competition line up for the Méliès d'Argent award for both short film and feature film, the Jury made up of Amanda Svensson, Martin Frostberg and Petra Revenue chose the following films.
The 2012 short film Méliès d'Argent at Lund International Fantastic Film Festival is given out to the Polish short film NOISE by Przemyslaw Adamski, with the following motivation:
"An imaginative mix of realism and animation, visualizing the unseen in a playful manner. A cinematic pop-up book for people tired of urban noise."
Lithuanian VANISHING WAVES took home the feature film Méliès d'Argent, with both director Kristina Buozyte and creative director Bruno Samper present in Lund to accept the award. And the motivation from the Jury:
"A sci-fi romance and an ambivalent love story, combining visionary settings with psychological insight. A beautiful and brave take on our brave new world where technology dictates the rules on human relations. A poetorotic journey through the most claustrophobic place of all - the human mind."
The audience award for best feature went to ERNEST & CELESTINE by Benjamin Renner, Stéphan Aubier & Vincent Patar! And the short film MR BEAR by AndrésRosende.
Congratulations to all the winners!
This concludes the 18th edition of Lund International Fantastic Film Festival!