The winners of the Méliès d’argent at MOTELX 2021
The Feast and O Nosso Reino win the Méliès d’argent awards at Lisbon MOTELX
SILVER MÉLIÈS FOR BEST EUROPEAN FANTASTIC FEATURE FILM @ MOTELX
The Méliès d’argent is awarded to the best European feature and short films, on behalf of the Méliès International Festivals Federation (MIFF).
The Méliès d’argent @ MOTELX 2021 goes to
The Feast(92′ UK 2021) by Lee Haven Jones
Jury: Adriana Molder (artist), Ana Moreira (director, actress), Diego López-Fernández (director, programmer)
Statement: A film that grips us from the beginning through an impactful image, highlighting the domain of time by the director and that builds an engaging and precise composition through music.
A portrait of family relationships, under the command of a mother and the changes she lives with the arrival of an unknown girl who connects with the land and seeks to deteriorate its core until she takes over everyone, with the aim to avenge nature.
The winner of the Méliès d’argent Award – Best European Feature @ MOTELX is THE FEAST.
SILVER MÉLIÈS FOR BEST FANTASTIC EUROPEAN SHORT FILM @ MOTELX
Our Kingdom / O Nosso Reino (15′ Portugal 2020) by Luís Costa.
Jury: Emily Gotto (Shudder), Josh Waller (producer, director), Sónia Balacó (actress, writer)
Statement: Our decision was made difficult by the quality of the films in this year’s MOTELX edition and I would like to first congratulate all of the directors.
The film we chose stands out impressively with its ethereal cinematography, and a writing and directing that reveal confidence, depth and grace. With him we journeyed into the shadows of childhood, the first encounters with death and that first mystery. We gave the Méliès d’argent Award – Best European Short to a director we hope to see much more of – “Our Kingdom” by Luís Costa.