Gaspar Noé’s ‘Climax’ Takes Top Honors at Sitges

Variety | 10/15/2018 | Emilio Mayorga
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BARCELONA— A take on physical joy and hellish pain, Gaspar Noé‘s “Climax” took best film at the 51st Sitges’ Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia.

Among other main awards, Panos Cosmatos (“Mandy“), Quentin Dupieux (“Keep An Eye Out”) and “Atsushi Doi” snagged director, script and FX respectively.

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Produced by Germany’s Wild Bunch and Rectangle Productions,”Climax” took Cannes’ 2018 Directors’ Fortnight top unofficial prize, the CICAE Art Cinema Award. selling to a24 for the U.S., it sparked maybe the biggest consensus thumbs-up in the director’s career for its early going, chronicling a dance troupe performance. After that, as is typical with Noe, the feature sparked mixed radically mixed reactions.

Italian-Canadian filmmaker Panos Cosmatos scooped best director for his sophomore effort “Mandy,” starring Nicolas Cage and Andrea Riseborough, a stylized romance between two misfits involving Messianic members of a biker gang.

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Sold by XYZ Films, “Mandy” is produced by Belgium’s UMedia and U.S.’ SpectreVision, and was also an entry at Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight, having premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

This year’s festival also screened the first three episodes of the much-awaited “Virtual Hero,” an original anime series from Movistar + in co-production with Zeppelin and Grupo Planeta. Show is created by Ruben Doblas, a.k.a. El Rubius, a renown YouTuber with 31.7 million subscribers, who has described his series as Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” meets “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The series is directed by Alexis Barroso who adapted it from the same-titled comic book from El Rubius.

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Thousands of fans convened at the Melia Hotel all night waiting to watch the new series, which registered an upbeat reaction on social media networks.

Movistar + also staged the Spanish premiere of the first episode of “Castle Rock,” produced by J. J. Abrams. Two original Netflix productions – Mike Flanagan’s “The Haunting of Hill House” and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”–...
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