Magazine article Screen International

Leos Carax's Holy Motors Wins Big at Sitges Film Festival

Magazine article Screen International

Leos Carax's Holy Motors Wins Big at Sitges Film Festival

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Ben Wheatley's Sightseers picks up two awards, including Best Actress for Alice Lowe, while Jennifer Lynch's Chained wins Special Jury Award.

Leos Carax's Holy Motors [pictured] was the big winner at the 45th Sitges Film Festival, also known as International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, which ran Oct 4-14.

The film won four awards including the best in competition fantastic feature film and best director for Carax. It also received the José Luis Guarner critics' award and the Silver Meliès award which will see it compete for the Méliès d'Or along with Silver Meliès award winners from other genre festivals in Europe.

Holy Motors will open in Spain on Nov 16 and will be distributed by Avalon. It portrays the different lives of Oscar (Denis Lavant) through history as a family chief, homeless and assassin among others. Local critics have strongly praised the cinematic skills and originality of the film creating a big buzz in social networks.

Ben Wheatley's black comedy Sightseers also picked up two awards with Alice Lowe winning best actress and Lowe, co-star Steve Oram and Amy Jump winning best screenplay.

Jennifer Lynch received the Special Jury Award for Chained, a psychological horror about a serial killer (played by Vincent D'Onofrio) who kidnaps and chains people in his house, with D'Onofrio also winning best actor. …

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