'Buried' awarded Melies d'Or at Sitges fest

Spanish director Rodrigo Cortes Ryan Reynolds-starrer

SITGES, Spain -- Ryan Reynolds-starrer "Buried," the new film from Spanish director Rodrigo Cortes, picked up the Melies d'Or for best film at the 43rd Sitges Fantastic Film Festival late Thursday.

"I'd like to thank the jury for their good judgment in choosing the winner," Cortes joked as he picked up the award to a packed auditorium.

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The European Fantastic Film Festival Federation (EFFFF) chooses one of the films that has earned the Melies d'Argent honor at each of the nine fantastic film festivals from all of Europe and awards the Melies d´Or to the best film screened.

"Buried" won at the Strasbourg Festival. The other nominated movies were: Anna Saul's "The Door," Philip Ridley's "Heartless" Roland Vranik's "Transmission," Faye Jackson's "Strigoi," Conor McPherson's "The Eclipse," Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani's"Amur" Tom Shankland's "The Children" and Simon Rumley's "Red White & Blue."

Cortes' follow-up is already in the works, with Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver attached to star in "Red Lights," a psychological thriller from an original screenplay by the Spanish director. Barcelona-based Versus Entertainment will produce the film, with L.A.-based Parlay Films handling international rights.

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