Magazine article Screen International

Fantasia Win for Big Bad Wolves

Magazine article Screen International

Fantasia Win for Big Bad Wolves

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Revenge horror Big Bad Wolves has won the best film prize at the Fantasia International Film Festival, which has revealed record attendance figures for its 17th edition.

Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado's Big Bad Wolves picked up the Cheval Noir Award for Best Film.

A statement from the jury said: "With elements of horror, crime thriller, revenge drama, and wicked black comedy, Big Bad Wolves takes genre-bending to bold new levels. This sense of originality, along with its subversive political subtext, assured visual style, and impeccable ensemble cast, is what separates the film from the rest of the pack."

Directing duo Keshales and Papushado also picked up the award for best screenplay. The UCM-produced film tells the story of a series of brutal murders, and how they impact on the lives of a vigilante police detective, the main suspect and the father of a victim.

Metrodome Distribution previously secured all UK rights from 6 Sales while Magnet Releasing acquired all North American rights from XYZ Films.

REVIEW: Big Bad Wolves

INTERVIEW: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado

Other awards went to Hou Chi-Jan, who won Best Director for When a Wolf Falls in Love With a Sheep, while Cho Jae-hyun won best actor for his role in The Weight, and Nathalie Boutefeu won best actress for her performance in Les Gouffres.

Special mentions were given to Lorenzo Bianchini's Across the River and Antoine Barraud's Les Gouffres.

As previously announced, the New Flesh Award for best first feature went to EL Katz's Cheap Thrills. A full list of audience awards is listed below.

Record figures

Fantasia closed with the Canadian premiere of The World's End, presented by director Edgar Wright and actor Nick Frost.

Following the screening, organisers reported record attendance numbers of more than 125,000 festival-goers for its 17th edition, surpassing last year's record of 109,000 (a 15% increase). …

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