Announcement of the 2020 Méliès d’argent winners at
Lund Fantastic Film Festival
The Méliès d’argent feature film goes to: TEDDY
Motivation: Playful interpretation on the well loved werewolf genre, this brings charming quirkiness to tell a coming of age story in a precise and compelling way. We honor this special kind of weirdness that addresses the dilemma of ‘not belonging’ in a film that represents the arrival of an inventive and talented filmmaker.
Special mention: MARYGOROUND, Poland, directed by Daria Woszek
Motivation: We loved this inventive and courageous portrait of a woman who breaks free of what binds her, be it the ever watching eyes of christianity or patriarchy or even herself and her own suppressed sexuality. Such an Imaginative take on taboos like menopause and loneliness. A timely portrait, especially considering the current social climate of Poland.
The Méliès d’argent short film goes to HUNGRY JOE
The Méliès d’argent short film goes to: HUNGRY JOE, United Kingdom, Directed by Paul Nicholas Holbrook, Sam Dawe
Motivation: Powerful claustrophobia delivered with sharp cinematography and incisive sound design. Explores the shame of not loving your own child – while managing to be both genuinely disgusting and a nightmarish vision delivered almost like a greek tragedy. Amazing interpretation of both the horrors of parenthood, post partum depression and consumer society.
Special mention: MIGRANTS, France, Directed by Hugo Caby, Antoine Dupriez, Aubin Kubiak, Lucas Lermytte and Zoé Devise
Motivation: A very well crafted mark against the migration politics in Europe. Especially vital use of imagery, reminding us of a drowned boy washed up on Europe’s shores recently. Gorgeous animation combines huge themes of climate change and migration, bringing them to life through the perspective of a cub. We honor this film for its near flawless storytelling and committed sense of style.
Congratulations to the winners!