It was late to the party, having just been placed in competition after winning
the Méliés d'Argent at Lund this weekend, but Vanishing Waves
, the much-loved, erotic sci-fi romance from Lithuania, took home the Méliés d'Or (that's "gold" in French) award for best European fantastic film. Peter Volkart's Room 666 took the award for best short.
Obviously, I'm thrilled with the decision, not only because I really liked
the movie, but because the film once again shows how effectively high-art and genre elements can blend together, which is a truth that that always bears repeating. Also, I'm pretty sure it's been a while since a film from Lithuania was honored with a prestigious genre prize.
And just so your clear about the organization and the timeline involved in choosing this prize, here's the official rundown. Congratulations to all!
In existence since 1996, the Méliès d'Or Award is a unique competition:
it is the only competition organised between collaborating festivals in
Europe. The competition is open to both features and short films.
Méliès d'Or Competition for features is organised by all the affiliated
members of the Federation. Each Competition cycle takes approximately
one year and is organised in two stages.
In the first stage, each
participating festival organises a Competition during its event, at the
end of which a European film is awarded with a Méliès d'Argent. This
film is automatically nominated to take part in the Méliès d'Or
Once all the affiliated members have awarded their
own Méliès d'Argent, the next festival on the calendar organises the
Méliès d'Or Competition and Ceremony. A jury is gathered, their task is
to decide which of the Méliès d'Argent will be awarded with the Méliès
The Méliès d'Or Competition for shorts is organised in the
same way as the Competition for features, but is open to all the
European members of the Federation. The films selected by each festival
are called "Méliès d'Or Nominees". The Méliès d'Or for shorts is awarded
by the same jury as for the features.
With the organisation of a
Méliès d'Or competition, the Federation intends to highlight the
quality and originality of European cinema and to guide the renewal of
the genre film on the entire continent, whether in Spain, France, the
Scandinavian countries, England,...
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