Asia dominates Fantasia prize list
By Patrick Frater
Tue, 09 August 2011, 17:39 PM (HKT)
Although the top prize escaped them, Asian films were prominent winners at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Canada which wrapped this weekend.
Top prize went to Denmark's Clown. But all the other jury-awarded prizes went to Asian films and talent. These included best director to ISHIBASHI Yoshimasa 石橋義正 for Milocrorze: A Love Story ミロクローゼ (2011) (pictured); best screenplay to PARK Hun-jeong 박훈정 | 朴勳正 for The Unjust 부당거래 (2010); best actors to HWANG Jeong-min 황정민 | 黃晸玟 and RYU Seung-beom 류승범 | 柳昇範 for The Unjust and best actress to YASUI Norie 安井紀絵 for Love & Loathing & Lulu & Ayano 名前のない女たち (2010). There was also a special mention for IWAI Shunji 岩井俊二's Vampire (2011).
The Séquences Prize reserved only for Asian films went to ZEZE Takahisa 瀬々敬久's Heaven's Story ヘヴンズ・ストーリー (2010) "for the density of the universal themes it explores, for its singular approach to vengeance for its structured mise-en-scène and its carefully captured images."
The top audience awards were shared by Thirteen Assassins 十三人の刺客 (2010) and Cold Fish 冷たい熱帯魚 (2010) with Milocrorze taking the silver prize and Johnnie TO 杜琪峰's Don't Go Breaking My Heart 單身男女 (2010) taking the bronze award. Japan's REDLINE レッドライン (2009) claimed the audience award for best animation feature.
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