Awards for 2016

Best of Puchon

WINNER

Gok-seong: Hong-jin Na
The Jury is proud to bestow the Best of Bucheon award to Director Na Hong-jin for The Wailing, a film that weaves together elements of crime thriller, family drama and occult horror while making exquisite use of the fundamental tools of cinema - including evocative photography and sharp editing, highlighted in a centerpiece exorcism sequence that ranks among the most memorably harrowing sequences of pure horror in cinema history. The result: a masterful, complex film that builds to a shattering climax and which favorably echoes such genre-transcending classics as The Exorcist and Seven. Like Friedkin and Fincher, Director Na Hong-jin has crafted a hugely entertaining cinematic experience that resonates with enough subtleties and layers to inspire repeat viewings.

Best Film

IN-COMPETITION

Autohead: Rohit Mittal (Rohit Mittal) (Amit Verma Films (Amit Verma Films))

Grand Prize for Short Film

Best Short Film

WINNER

IN-COMPETITION

L'appel: Alban Ravassard (director) (La Casquette Productions (production company), L'Atelier 321 (co-production))

Däwit: David Jansen (director) (Fabian & Fred (production company))

Bad Throttle: J.D. Chua (director)

Best Actor

Best Actor

WINNER

Autohead: Deepak Sampat (Deepak Sampat) (Stalker Films (Stalker films))

Bucheon's Choice

WINNER

Autohead: Deepak Sampat
"A thought-provoking debut that transcends use of the familiar "mockumentary" format, Autohead concerns a film crew as it follows auto rickshaw driver Narayan on an increasingly dark and disturbing journey through the streets of Mumbai. As the troubled, Travis Bickle-like Narayan, actor Deepak Sampat's thoroughly convincing, charismatic and ultimately unsettling performance proves essential to director Rohit Mittal's seamless melding of genre thriller and social critique."

Best Actress

Korean Fantastic Features

WINNER

Bucheon's Choice

WINNER

Vingt et une nuits avec Pattie: Karin Viard
"Karin Viard's performance as the titular - and very happily and comfortably sex-positive - Pattie in 21 Nights with Pattie is a sheer delight. The film's central conceit of letting go in order to find one's self is memorably embodied by Pattie, a funny and sexy role that Miss Viard makes her own in a way that perfectly captures the film's consistent balance of effervescent comedy and spiritual profundity."

Jury's Choice Award

Short Film

WINNER

Feature Film

WINNER

Under the Shadow: Babak Anvari
Haunting in a manner that owes as much to the tangible dangers of its setting (Tehran during the Iran-Iraq conflict, circa 1988) as its supernatural and psychological elements, Under the Shadow is both a terrific film and a terrifically scary one. Galvanized by Narges Rashidi's performance as Shideh, a sympathetic, strong-willed mother desperate to protect her daughter from dark forces spiritual and political in nature, the 2016 Bucheon Choice Jury awards its Jury's Choice to writer-director Babak Anvari for elevating the art of horror with this atmospheric, sharply realized debut.

IN-COMPETITION

European Fantastic Film Festival Federation Asian Award

WINNER

NETPAC Award

WINNER

LG Hi-Entech Award

Best Film

WINNER

Save Energy, Save Earth Film Award

WINNER

Audience Award

Bucheon's Choice - Short

WINNER

Bucheon's Choice - Feature

WINNER

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