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Oporto festival closes with 112 000 spectators

24th edition of the Oporto International Film Festival ­ Fantasporto has
closed its doors on Saturday, again with more than 100,000 spectators.

SOUTH KOREA, DANEMARK AND SPAIN SHARE THE AWARDS LIST IN FANTASPORTO 2004

Spanish cinema with KILLING WORDS and EL OUTRO LADO DE LA CAMA, and South
Korean cinema with A TALE OF TWO SISTERS and ACACIA are on the path to
success in Fantasporto. Also the Danish cinema, a frequent visit at Oporto
(which presented and awarded in past editions the first films to come from
celebrated director Lars von Trier such as The Element of Crime and
Europa, has won with the film THE GREEN BUTCHERS, the Best Film Award of
the Directors Week. Portuguese cinema with the film I´LL SEE YOU IN MY
DREAMS was also awarded in the final list, winning the Best Short Film Award
and also the Silver Méliès (short film) as the best European short in
competion

After last year's winner, "Intacto", the Directors Week juri has decided to
give its main prize, the Best Film Award, to the Danish production THE GREEN
BUTCHERS by Anders Thomas Jensen, a film which also won the Best Director
and the Best Actor of this Official Competitive Section.


In the Official Fantasy Cinema Competition, the Korean A Tale of Two Sisters
by Kim Jee-Woon was a clear winner, taking home the Best Film Award, Best
Director Award and the Best Actress Award for Im Soo-Yung (third year win
for an Asian actress). The director Kim Jee-Woon had already won before in
the Oporto Festival with "The Quiet Family"


Spanish KILLING WORDS by actress-director LAURA MAÑA, stands as well as a
winner, having received the Special Award of the Jury, Best Actor Award
(Dario Grandinetti) and the Screenplay Award (ex-aequo). This film also won
the Silver Méliès (for features), that is, the best European film in
competition and will be Fantasporto representative in the European Mélies
d'Or Award to take place in Amsterdam next April 16th.

The juries also primed Danish "FEAR X" (Screenplay Award, ex-aequo with
Killing Words, American HOUSE OF A 1,000 CORPSES by Rob Zombie, the
Special Effects winner and PERFECT STRANGERS from New Zeland, with the Best
Actress Award of the Directors Week (Rachel Blake) .



Other Prizes

ACACIA (South Korea) won the Orient Express Best Film Award for Asian films,
with A TALE OF TWO SISTERS as the Special Jury's Award.

The Critics Award went to Julian Richards' serial killer story in THE LAST
HORROR MOVIE (UK)

The Audience Award went to SEE GRACE FLY ­ Pete McCormack (CAN)

FANTASPORTO' 2004 AWARDS



FANTASY CINEMA (OFFICIAL COMPETITION)



Grand Prix BEST FILM AWARD FANTASPORTO 04: A TALE OF TWO SISTERS -Kim
Jee-Woon- (Kor)

SPECIAL AWARD OF THE JURY: KILLING WORDS - Laura Maña (Spain)

Special Mention: LA FIN DE NOTRE AMOUR - Heléne Cattet and Bruno Forzani
(Belg)

BEST DIRECTOR: Kim Jee-Woon - A Tale of Two Sisters (Kor)

BEST ACTOR: DARIO GRANDINETTI -Killing Words (Spain)

BEST ACTRESS : IM SOO-JUNG - A Tale of Two Sisters- (Kor)

BEST SCREENPLAY: (Ex-aequo) Fernando de Felipe and Jordi Galcerán - Killing
Words (Spain) and HUBERT SELBY JR. and NICHOLAS WINDING REFN - Fear X (Dan)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: MICHAEL O¹BRIEN and WAYNE TOTH - House of the 1000
Corpses (USA)

BEST SHORT : I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS ­ Miguel Angel Vivas (Portugal)



DIRECTOR´S WEEK (Competitive section)


BEST FILM AWARD DIRECTORS WEEK FANTASPORTO 2004: THE GREEN BUTCHERS by
Anders Thomas Jensen (Din/Dan)

SPECIAL AWARD OF THE JURY DIRECTORS WEEK: EL OTRO LADO DE LA CAMA by
Emilio Martinez ­ Lazaro (Spain)

BEST DIRECTOR : Anders Thomas Jensen -The Green Butchers (Dan)

BEST ACTOR - Mads Mikkelsen -The Green Butchers (Dan)

BEST ACTRESS : RACHAEL BLAKE -Perfect Strangers (N.Zealand)

BEST SCREENPLAY: DAVID SERRANO -El Otro Lado de la Cama (Spain)



ORIENT EXPRESS (COMPETITIVE SECTION)

GRANDE PRÉMIO ORIENT EXPRESS/BEST FILM AWARD ORIENT EXPRESS OFFICIAL SECTION
ACACIA (Park Ki-hyeong) Kor/Cor

SPECIAL AWARD OF THE JURY ORIENT EXPRESS- A TALE OF TWO SISTERS- Kim
Jee-Woon (Kor)


MÉLIÈS AWARDS
MÉLIÈS D¹ARGENT/FEATURE­ KILLING WORDS ­ Laura Maña (Spain)
Feature film representative of Fantasporto for the Mèliès d'Or Award
MÉLIÈS d¹ARGENT /SHORT FILM ­ I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS ­ Miguel Angel Vivas
(Portugal)
Short Film Candidate of Fantasporto to the Méliès d'Or Competition

CRITICS AWARD
THE LAST HORROR MOVIE (Julian Richards) (UK)


AUDIENCE AWARD
SEE GRACE FLY ­ Pete McCormack (CAN)

In a year of financial cuts, Fantasporto had a budget of 885,000 euros
(500,000 in exchanged services and 385,000 in sponsorships, subsidies and
box office entries). For 16 days, the festival had nearly 200 screenings, in
4 theatres in Oporto. Over 150 features were presented along with 50 shorts
films.

The final audience estimate is about 112,500 spectators (for an average of
100,000 in the the latest editions) with 72,000 tickets sold, a record
cultural event in Portugal.


The screenings of the Official sections have digital translation in
Portuguese with a team of five professional translators and six others
inserting the subtiles during the screenings. About 400 guests, both foreign
and nationals, complete the picture, with 236 accredited media
representatives and nearly 140 people garanteeing the organization of the
event. Three four and five star hotels are used in Fantasporto.

25 YEARS OF LOVE AND FILMS
The 25th Edition of the Oporto International Film Festival- Fantasporto will
be held the 21st February- 7th March 2005.

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