'The Fall' takes top honor at Sitges


MADRID - Tarsem Singh's fantastical epic "The Fall" won the top honor for best film at Sitges' International Film Festival of Catalonia, an important fantasy film event, organizers announced Saturday.

The Indian/US/U.K. co-production tells of the relationship between a little girl with a broken collar bone who meets a bedridden man in a hospital. The man starts telling her a story that intertwines fiction and reality.

Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza's horror film "REC" did well at the festival, earning its directorial team the best director nod and seeing its Manuela Velasco take the best actress award.

Sam Rockwell won the best actor award for his role in George Ratliff's horror film "Joshua," featuring the traumatic arrival of a newborn sister for a nine-year-old boy.

Chung Seo-Kyung and Park Chan-Wook took the best script award for "I'm a Cyborg but That's OK," while Esmir Filho's "Saliva" won the best short.

Japanese films took a handful of awards. Takashi Miike's "Sukiyaki Western Django" won best cinematography (Toyomichi Kurita) and production design (Takashi Sasaki), while Katsuhiro Otomo's "Mushishi" won the special effects and soundtrack (Kuniaki Haishima).

The Sitges festival, held on Spain's Mediterranean coast just south of Barcelona from Oct. 4-14, reported an increase in ticket sales.