'Sightseers' and 'On The Job' Win Big At PiFan


BUCHEON, South Korea – This year's Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival closed on Friday with serial-killer movie Sightseers and Philippine mob thriller On the Job each winning two major awards.

Ben Wheatley's Sightseers, which revolves around a murderous couple running amok in the British countryside, won Best of Puchon and a best actress award for Alice Lowe's performance.

Erik Matti's dark hitman drama On the Job, meanwhile, snagged a best actor prize for its star Joel Torre and grabbed the Jury's Choice prize. India's Anurag Kashyap was named best director for his latest film, Ugly

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The NH Nonghyup Citizen's Choice award, voted on by a mostly local audience, went to South Korean director Jang Cheol-soo's Secretly Greatly, which stars Kim Soo-hyun, the festival's spokesman this year.

Sightseers, On the Job and Ugly were all entries in Cannes' Director's Fortnight program. Jang's first feature, Bedevilled, bowed at Cannes' Critics' Week sidebar.

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The jury for the PiFan competition -- officially called Puchon Choice: Feature -- includes Singapore director Eric Khoo, Japanese filmmaker Shinji Higuchi, Director's Fortnight programmer Benjamin Illos, South Korean producer Choi Yong-hae and Paris-based actor Brontis Jodorowsky, the son of director Alejandro Jodorowsky, who was honored at Bucheon this year with a retrospective.

The awards ceremony was followed by a screening of the South Korean thriller The Terror Live, which stars Ha Jung-woo (Yellow Sea) as a news anchor struggling with a man who calls into his program to reveal his plans to blow up bridges and buildings in Seoul.

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