Korean title A Tale Of Two Sisters and Spain's Killing Words shared the top prizes of the official Fantasy Film competition at the 24th annual edition of Portugal's leading film festival, the Oporto International Film Festival (Feb 20-Mar 1), better known as Fantasporto.
Kim Jee-Woon's Sisters took the best film, director and actress (Im Soo-Jung) prizes, as well as a special jury prize in the parallel Orient Express section.
Laura Mana's Words (Palabras Encadenadas) walked away with the section's special jury award, best screenplay and a best actor nod for Argentinean Dario Grandinetti, as well as the festival's Melies D'Argent prize. The film's producer, Filmax president Julio Fernandez, was the recipient of a tribute.
Nicholas Winding Refn shared the best screenplay prize for Fear X, while Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani's La Fin De Notre Amour won a special mention. House Of 1,000 Corpses won a best visual effects nod. Miguel Angel Vivas' I'll See You In My Dreams was best short film and is the Fantasporto candidate for the Melies d'Or.
In the parallel Director's Week competition, Denmark's Anders Thomas Jensen won best film, director and actor (Mads Mikkelsen) for The Green Butchers, while Spanish box office hit The Other Side Of The Bed won a special jury prize and best screenplay. New Zealand's Rachel Blake won best actress for Perfect Strangers.
Julian Richards' The Last Horror Movie won the critic's award, while Pete McCormack's See Grace Fly took home the festival's audience prize.
The festival now begins gearing up for its 25th anniversary edition next February 27-March 7, 2005.