'Rare Exports' takes top honors at Sitges Festival
Jalmari Helander wins for Best Film and for directing
SITGES, Spain -- Jalmari Helander's dark, Scandanavian film "Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale" walked away with the top honors at the 43rd Sitges Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia Saturday, winning the Maria for Best Film.
Helander snagged the best directing award, while cinematographer Mika Orasmaa took a nod for his work on the yuletide tale, set for release in Finland in December.
Produced by Finland's Cinet and France's Love Streams Agnes B. Productions, the story about scientists in northern Finland discovering the terrifying origin of Christmas' most popular character. Kinology handles international sales.
Patrick Fabian won the acting honor for his part in "The Last Excorcism," while Josie Ho won the actress award for "Dream Home."
Dennis Gansel's "We are the Night," featuring lady vampires took the Special Jury Award.
Eli Craig's "Tucker & Dale vs. Evil" won the Fantastic Panorama section.
The Sitges festival, one of Europe's top genre events, wraps Sunday after 10 days in Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia.