Brandon Cronenberg has confirmed to be an inheritor to his father, David, along with his grisly sophomore function, “Possessor Uncut,” which took house finest movie and director at Spain’s 53rd Sitges Film Festival on Saturday.

Running Oct.8-18, the fantasticfilm fest, Europe’s largest, wrapped yesterday in Sitges, a picturesque seaside resort simply south of Barcelona.

With these new honors, Brandon Cronenberg additionally means that his finest new director award at 2012’s Sitges for debut function, “Antiviral,” was no fluke.

A sci fi-horror hybrid, “Possessor Uncut” tracks an elite company murderer who makes use of brain-implant expertise to take possession of different folks’s our bodies and slay outstanding targets. The movie first premiered at Sundance the place Variety’s Peter Debruge described it as a “good sci-fi puzzle” that was “extra than simply one other bracingly excessive psychological thriller.”

Just Philippot’s “The Swarm” additionally snagged two awards: the Special Jury Prize and finest actress plaudit for Suliane Brahim for her efficiency as a single mom who breeds edible grasshoppers to save lots of her farm from destroy. The plan goes pear-shaped when she develops an odd, obsessive bond with them. The horror thriller was picked up by Netflix in a deal brokered by Wild Bunch simply earlier than Sitges. “The Swarm” was amongst 5 options and 10 brief movies chosen for Cannes Critics’ Week’s particular 2020 label.

Thesps Grégoire Ludig and David Marsais shared the Best Actor award for his or her flip in French-Belgian comedy “Mandibules” the place they play two feckless buddies who try to coach and exploit a super-sized mutant fly they discover of their automotive trunk.

Among different trophies, finest screenplay went to Márk Bodzsár, Juli Jakab and István Tasnádi for Hungarian spy-vampire satire, “Comrade Drakulich.” Set throughout the Cold War, Hungary organizes a blood drive and a vampire arrives as its visitor of honor. A younger couple who work for the Hungarian secret police are assigned to control him.

Miami-born Jonathan Cuartas nabbed two nods for debut function “My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To” – Sitges’ Citizen Kane Award for brand new director and a finest movie winner at its New Visions part – cementing his standing as most undoubtedly a expertise to observe. Argentina’s Alejandro Fadel snagged a New Visions particular point out for his experimental movie, “The Enigmatic Element.”

In an unlucky flip of occasions, an upsurge of COVID-19 circumstances in native area Catalonia sparked new well being and security measures that compelled the competition to cancel or reschedule some screenings from Oct. 15. Double payments had been decreased to screenings of single movies. Some cancelled movies had been made obtainable on the competition’s web site and tickets had been refunded. Following the lead of different in-person festivals like Venice and San Sebastian, Sitges had decreased seating capability in the entire competition’s cinema theaters.


Best Film

“Possessor Uncut,”(Brandon Cronenberg, Canada)

Special Jury Prize

“The Swarm,” (Just Philippot, France)

Best Director

Brandon Cronenberg

Special Mention, Director:

Natalie Erika James, “Relic” (Australia)

Best Actor

Grégoire Ludig & David Marsais, (“Mandibules,” France)

Best Actress

Suliane Brahim, “The Swarm”

Special Mention: Best Actress

Marin Ireland,(“The Dark and The Wicked” U.S.)

Best Screenplay

Márk Bodzsár, Juli Jakab & István Tasnádi, (“Comrade Drakulich,” Hungary)

Best Special Effects

Maks Naporowski, Filip Jan Rymsza, Dariush Derakhshani,(“Mosquito State,” Poland, U.S.)

Best Photography:

Tristan Nyby, “The Dark and The Wicked”

Best Music:

Bingen Mendizábal & Koldo Uriarte, (“Baby,” Spain)

Audience Award for Best Film:

“La Vampira de Barcelona,”(Lluís Danés, Spain)

Best Fantastic Genre Short Film

“The Luggage,”(Tsai Yi-fen, Taiwan)

Special Mention, Short Film

“Rutina: La prohibición,”(Sam, Spain)


Best Feature Film

“My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To,”(Jonathan Cuartas, U.S.)

Special Mention

“The Enigmatic Element,” (Alejandro Fadel, Argentina)

Best Director:

Laura Casabé, (“Los Que Vuelven,” Argentina)

Best Short

“Luz Distante – Parte 1, Les Desventurades,”(Santiago Reale, Argentina)

X-Treme Midnight Audience Award

“The Queen of Black Magic,”Kimo Stamboel (Indonesia)

Best Documentary

“Ivan, O Terrível,”(Mario Abbade, Brazil)

Blood Window Award

“High Tide,”(Verónica Chen, Argentina)

José Luis Guarner Critic’s Award:

“Teddy” (Ludovic Boukherma, Zoran Boukherma, France)

Citizen Kane Award for Best New Director

Jonathan Cuartas,”My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To”

Carnet Jove Award for Best Fantasy Genre Feature Film

“She Dies Tomorrow,”(Amy Seimetz, U.S.)

Best Animated Feature Film:

“Seven Days War,”(Yuta Murano, Japan)

Best Animated Short Film

“Red Rover,”(Astrid Goldsmith, U.Okay.)

Paul Naschy Brigadoon Award

“Horrorscope,”(Pol Diggler, Spain)

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