Eclosion triumphs at the 29th Gérardmer International Fantastic Film Festival

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– Hanna Bergholm’s film won the festival’s Grand Prix, while Eskil Vogt’s Innocents wins audience and critics awards

Hatching by Hanna Bergholm

Scandinavian production dominated the debates of the 29th International Fantastic Film Festival, a breathtaking event from January 26 to 30 which took place in the flesh in the Vosges city, with the English filmmaker Edgar Wright as his guest of honour.

Chaired by Julie Gayet (with the support of Alexandre Aja, Suliane Brahim, Valerie Donzelli, Melanie Doutey, Bertrand Mandico, Gregory Montel and Pascal-Alex Vincent), the jury awarded the 2022 Grand Prize to Hatching [+see also:
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by Finland Hanna Bergholm. This first feature film by the director – which also won over the Youth Jury and which has just been presented at the Sundance Film Festival – will be distributed in France from March 2 by The Jokers Films, whose sales will be entrusted to Wild Bunch International.

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The Jury Prize was awarded jointly to you are not my mother by Ireland Kate Dolan (whose French release is scheduled for August 10, 2022 via Star Invest) and Grandmother [+see also:
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by Spain Paco Square (released in national theaters last Friday by Sony Pictures Releasing and which will be distributed in France by Wild Bunch), while the trophy for best original music went to the Italian Daniele Luppi for his work on Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon by American director Ana Lily Amirpour.

The other big winner of the Gérardmer festival this year was Innocents [+see also:
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interview: Eskil Vogt
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by Norway Eskil Vogt, which won the audience award as well as the critics award. Discovered in the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes, this feature film (which is the second directed by Joachim Trier’s faithful co-screenwriter) will be released in French cinemas on February 9, thanks to Boomakers and Kinovista.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Grand Prize
Hatching [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Hanna Bergholm
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]
– Hanna Bergholm (Finland/Sweden)

Jury Prize (ex aequo)
you are not my mother – Kate Dolan (Ireland)
Grandmother [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Paco Plaza
film profile
]
– Paco Plaza (Spain/France)

Best Original Score
Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon – Ana Lily Amirpour (USA)

Audience Award
Innocents [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Eskil Vogt
film profile
]
– Eskil Vogt (Norway/Sweden/Denmark/Finland/France)

Critics’ Award
Innocents – Eskil Vogt

Youth Jury Prize
Hatching – Hanna Bergholm

Grand Prize for Best Short Film
mental load -Benjamin Malherbe (France)

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(Translated from French)

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