Golden Raven lands on 'Host'


BRUSSELS -- South Korean monster movie "The Host" won the jury's Golden Raven award Tuesday at the 25th annual Brussels International Festival of Fantastic Film.

Written and directed by Boon Joon-ho, "The Host" is the highest-grossing Korean film of all time, having sold 13 million tickets.

The two runners-up -- awarded Silver Ravens -- were the New Zealand horror comedy "Black Sheep," directed by Jonathan King, and Cho Dong-Ho's South Korean fantasy horror entry "The Restless."

The Pegasus public prize was won by Shusuke Kaneko's "Death Note," which is based on the Japanese manga comic series. The top prize for a European film, the Silver Melies, was awarded to mystery thriller "Dead In Three Days," from Austria's Andreas Prochaska.

The fest, which screened about 76 movies from 27 countries from April 5-17, hosted the world premieres of Lloyd Kaufman's "Poultrygeist," Michael Winnick's "Shadow Puppets" and Uwe Boll's "In the Name of the King" as well as the European premieres of Wisit Sasanatieng's "The Unseeable," Byeong-ki Ahn's "Apt" and Keita Amemiya's "Unholy Women."