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Oshii's Sky Crawlers Picks Up 3 Awards at Sitges Fest

posted on 2008-10-12 08:56 EDT
Critics' choice, best original soundtrack, jury award for best youth film

Mamoru Oshii's The Sky Crawlers has won three separate awards at this year's Sitges film festival, which is considered to be the most important festival in the world for fantasy cinema. The film was the only anime screened in the festival's main "Official Fantàstic" program. A panel of three film critics gave The Sky Crawlers the Jose Luis Guarner Critic Award, while its score by Kenji Kawai won the award for best original soundtrack. In addition, Oshii's latest movie picked up a prize from the Carnet Jove Jury for the best motion picture for a youth audience.

Most of the anime that are shown at Sitges have run in the Anima't section of the festival. This year, the Anima't line-up included Studio 4°C's Genius Party anthology of shorts, Shuhei Morita's six-episode Freedom OAV (screened as a single feature), and Hideaki Anno's Evangelion: 1.0 You Are [Not] Alone, the first of four full-length movie remakes of the Neon Genesis Evangelion television series. However, this year, the section's Best Film award, known as the Gertie, went to Josh Bergin's From Inside.

Although its Japanese theatrical run was a commercial disappointment, The Sky Crawlers has been received warmly by critics. In addition to its recognition at Sitges, it took home the Future Film Festival Digital Award at last month's Venice Film Festival. It has been licensed for home video release in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America by Sony Pictures.

Images © Hiroshi Mori/The Sky Crawlers Project


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