Spain's Fausto 5.0 and South Korea's Sorum walked away the big winners of the 22nd annual edition of Portugal's fantasy and sci-fi oriented Oporto International Film Festival (Feb 22-Mar 3), better known as Fantasporto.
Fausto 5.0, directed by Isidro Ortiz, Allex Olle and Carlos Padrissa, took home the official Fantasy section's top prize for best film while lead Eduard Fernandez, whose performance earned him Spain's top Goya award last month, grabbed the fest's best actor prize.
Youn Jong Chan's Sorum won best director, best actress (Jin-yeong Jeong) and the special jury prize. Mario Giordano, Christoph Darstaedt and Don Bohlinger took home the best screenplay award for Germany's Das Experiment. Pitof's Vidocq, Fantasporto's selection for the Europe-wide Melies d'Or fantasy film competition, won best visual effects. Spain's Sergio Sanchez won best short film for 7337.
In the parallel new directors' competition, Berlin and Sundance prizewinner Bloody Sunday won best film, best actor (Tim Pigott-Smith) and the audience award; Austria's Ulrich Seidl won the jury's special prize for Dog Days (Hundstage); Germany's Christoph Stark took home best director for Julietta; New Zealand's Sarah Peirse won best actress for Rain; and Argentina's Fabian Bielinsky won best screenplay for box office hit Nine Queens (Nueve Reinas).
Finally, the critics jury split its prize for Spanish animated feature The Living Forest (El Bosque Animado) and China's Suzhou River (Suzhou He).
The popular Fantasporto festival, which this year welcomed close to 140,000 spectators to screenings of some 170 films, also paid tribute to four filmmakers - Spain's Carlos Saura, Brazil's Oswaldo Caldeira and the UK's Julien Temple and Alex Cox - and hosted a retrospective to Argentinean cinema.