Melies d’argent winners at the Trieste Science+Fiction Festival 2020

3 November 2019, Trieste, Italy

Méliès d’argent Award – Feature Films

The competition, which is organized in collaboration with the Méliès International Festivals Federation (MIFF), awards the best European fantastic feature film. The prize is awarded by an international jury composed of cinema professional and also counts as a nomination to take part in the annual competition for the Méliès d’or Award. Members of the 2019 Méliès d’argent jury were composer and orchestra leader Fabio Frizzi, the CEO of CG Entertainment Lorenzo Ferrari Ardicini, and journalist and president of the Bruges Razor Reel Flanders Film Festival Thierry Phlips

TS+FF 19 Méliès d’argent Award winner – Feature Films“Extra Ordinary” by Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman (Ireland, Belgium, 2019)

Motivation
A delicious ghost story that owes a lot to a great cast, the script, and the direction. A universal story that remains grounded in European and Irish culture and folklore. In the end, it’s a classic story reinvented with modern rhythm and style.

Synopsis
What a palaver having superpowers. People ask you to exorcise the bewitched toaster or free them from the ghosts hidden under the carpet. But Rose is docile and patient and ready to help everyone. If there’s something more serious to face, like a possessed girl because of a pact with the devil by a rock singer, then she really cannot pull out. With stars like Will Forte and Maeve Higgins, the festival’s comic relief is guaranteed.

Special Mention
A special mention to Marta Król, the leading actress of “I am REN”, for her outstanding talent to create empathy with the audience since the very beginning of the film, conveying great strength to the film message.

Synopsis
What if one day you discover your wife is an android? And not working properly, either. You may lose everything you’ve got, everything you know.


Méliès d’argent Award – Short Films

The competition, which is organized in collaboration with the Méliès International Festivals Federation (MIFF), awards the best European fantastic short film. The prize is awarded to the film that gets the most votes from the audience and also counts as a nomination to take part in the annual competition for the Méliès d’or Award.

TS+FF 19 Méliès d’argent Award winner – Short Films“This Time Away” by Magali Barbé (UK, 2019)

Synopsis
Nigel is an elderly man living as a recluse, haunted by his past and by the memory of the family he once had… until an unexpected visitor arrives and disrupts his lonely routine.