The Puchon InternationalFantastic Film Festival (PiFan) held its closing ceremony yesterday with thetop Puchon Choice award going to Adam'sApples from Danish director Anders Thomas Jensen.
Adam's Apples also won the best actor award, which was shared by Ulrich Thomsen andMads Mikkelsen, while best director went to Stormfrom
Although Puchon avoided thetorrential rains in the south of
But despite the weather, andthe initial threat of another boycott by the local industry following lastyear's debacle over festival politics, general opinion was that the event waswell-organised with interesting programming. This included the coup of havingthe world premiere of Christopher Smith's Severance,which is to screen at
Highlights also included10th anniversary events, such as a retrospective devoted to legendary Asianaction star Jimmy Wang.
As of July 19, the festivalsaw 34,500 admissions, with two extra days of review and surprise screeningsleft on July 21-22. "Last year we had 35,029 admissions for the entire tendays, so this year we should see an increase in ticket sales," said PiFan'shead of publicity Lim Hye-kyung.
Commemorating its 10thedition this year, PiFan screened a record 251 features and shorts from over 30countries.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
Puchon Choice Feature Film Category:
Best Film: Adam's Apples (
Dir: Anders Thomas Jensen
Best Director: Mans Marlandand Bjorn Stein
Jury Special Prize: Severance (
Dir: Christopher Smith
Best Actor: Ulrich Thomsenand Mads Mikkelsen
Adam's Apples (
Best Actress: Kazue Fukiishi
Noriko's Dinner Table (
Pruzio Award: Noriko's Dinner Table (
Dir: Sono Sion
European Fantastic Film Festival Federation's AsianFilm Award:
Puchon Choice Short Film Category:
Grand Prize: It's In The Air (France) by Yohann Gloagluenn
Best Director: Cutting Edge (
Citizen's Choice: Lock-smith (
1st Kid's Fanta Award: Tori &Rabi (