SITGES, Spain – “Jupiter’s Moon,” a film about a Syrian undocumented migrant who acquires the ability to levitate and perform miracles after being shot and wounded, won the award for best feature-length film Saturday at Sitges, the International Fantastic Film Festival of Spain’s Catalonia region.
The jury in the Official Fantastic Selection voted unanimously for the winning film, which was directed by Hungarian Kornel Mundruczo and was one of the last to be screened at Sitges, a town outside Barcelona.
One of the jury members, American producer Gary Sherman, said he and his colleagues were impressed by the story’s visual narration and the filmmaker’s courage in using the fantastic-film genre to address a key social issue.
Mundruczo hails from a country that has taken one of the hardest lines against the recent migrant influx into Europe.
The director said the film was neither science fiction nor a realist drama, adding that there is a fantastical and supernatural element because the main character could be an angel but that there is also social criticism.
“Jupiter’s Moon” also won the award for best special effects.
“Thelma,” a film directed by Norway’s Joachim Trier about a woman who discovers that she possesses fantastic powers, won the special jury award.
France’s Coralie Fargeat won the best director honor for “Revenge,” which tells the story of a philandering husband whose mistress takes revenge on him and his hunting buddies after being left for dead.
Indonesia’s Marsha Timothy, the star of “Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts,” won the best actress award for her role as a woman who is deeply affected after killing a robber, while England’s Rafe Spall won the best actor prize for his performance in “The Ritual,” which tells about a menacing presence that stalks a group of college friends during their trip to the forest.