Korean action movie The roundup and American science fiction The Artificial Girl won gold medals for Best Asian Feature Film and Best International Feature Film, respectively, at the Audience Awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, which closed its 26th edition on August 3.
Featuring Eternals and To train for Busan‘s Done Lee as ‘top cop’, The roundup is directed by Lee Sang-yong and follows the 2017 one Outlaws. The Gold Winner was also a box office hit in South Korea, racking up over 12.5 million admissions (as of July 8).
July Jong’s Korean drama won the silver award for Best Asian Feature Film. Next Sohee which premiered at Cannes Critics’ Week and won Best Director at the Fantasia Jury Awards announced last week. At Baz Poonpiriya One for the road from Hong Kong and Thailand received bronze.
International Feature Winner The Artificial Girl is directed by Franklin Ritch and explores the ever-increasing role artificial intelligence plays in modern society.
Spanish-Argentine drama The Pieta by Eduardo Casanova won the silver award while American comedy-horror Deadstream by Joseph and Vanessa Winter received bronze.
Princess Dragon French directors Anthony Roux and Jean-Jacques Denis won gold for Best Animated Feature. The money went to Masaaki Yuasa Inu-Oh from Japan, which originally premiered at Venice Horizons last year and previously received Fantasia’s Axis: Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation, and bronze went to Jun-pyo Hong Chun Tae-il: a living flame which had won a Jury Distinction Award at Annecy earlier this year.
In the Best Canadian Feature Films section, The fighting machine picked up gold while Jesse T. Cook’s cult hero received the money and that of Luke Higginson Relax, I’m from the future got the bronze.
The best Quebec feature film went to Alexandre Leblanc The pace steps while Raphaël Hébert Shining star silver and bronze went to La Guêpe by Marc Beaupré.
For Best Documentary, American Comedy-Documentary The Outlaw Pez by directors Amy Bandlien Storkel and Bryan Storkel won gold, Que Le Fan Soit Avec Toi by Marc Joly-Corcoran of France won silver and Ry Levey’s Out in the ringalso from Canada, received bronze.
Previously announced jury awards saw Karim Ouelhaj’s Belgian genre title Megalomaniac win the best international feature film.