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TORONTO – The South Korean horror sci-fi anthology film series Doomsday Book by Kim Jee-woon and Yim Pil-sung picked up the top Cheval Noir Award at the Fantasia International Film Festival on Wednesday.
The Canadian genre festival’s other big winner was Jason Banker’s Toad Road, which won for best director and best actor for James Davidson.
The top Fantasia jury was led by Gabriel Pelletier, with Jay Baruchel, Sylvain Krief and Maggie Lee also sitting in judgement.
Korean films shined elsewhere in Montreal as the Satoshi Kon Award for achievement in animation went to The King of Pigs, by Yeon Sang-ho, which also received a special mention from the first feature jury.
Other Fantasia award winners included the best screenplay award going to Alberto Marini for Sleep Tight, while the best actress prize went to Majiana Jankovic for her star-turn in the Danish film Beast by director Christoffer Boe.
And the New Flesh Award for best first feature went to Charles de Lauzirika’s crime thriller Crave, and the best animated short film was snagged by Don Hertzfeldt’s It’s Such a Beautiful Day.
Elsewhere, the best international short trophy went to Videoboy, by director Stian Kristiansen, a coming-of-age story that pays homage to 1980s horror films.
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