Feature Film Méliès d'Argent Winners

2014

Enemy

Director: Denis Villeneuve / Country: Spain, Canada / Year: 2013 / Type: Feature / Duration: 95 mins / Festivals & Awards: Sitges - Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

Adam is an apathetic history teacher who, while watching a movie, discovers Anthony, an actor who looks exactly like him. These two identical men’s encounter will completely change their lives. Based on The Double by José Saramago, Enemy stars a Jake... Read more »

The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears

Director: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani / Country: France, Belgium, Luxembourg / Year: 2013 / Type: Feature / Duration: 102 mins / Festivals & Awards: ScienceplusFiction - Trieste International Science Fiction Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

A woman disappears. Her husband investigates the strange circumstances surrounding her disappearance. Has she left him? Is she dead? As he proceeds with his inquiries, his apartment becomes more and more of an abyss which seems to have no way out... Read more »

2013

Eddie the Sleepwalking Cannibal

Director: Boris Rodriguez / Country: Denmark, Canada / Year: 2012 / Type: Feature / Duration: 90 mins / Festivals & Awards: Fanomenon - Leeds International Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

A painter struggling for inspiration finds an unexpected muse after he accepts a teaching position in a small town and becomes the caregiver to Eddie, a seemingly docile art student with a rare sleepwalking condition. Read more »

Thale

Director: Aleksander Nordaas / Country: Norway / Year: 2012 / Type: Feature / Duration: 78 mins / Festivals & Awards: Espoo Ciné International Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

Based on Norwegian folklore, Thale takes its cue from a mythical creature called a huldra, female in appearance in all respects, with the addition of a long tail. Written, directed, photographed, and edited by Aleksander Nordaas, Thale falls somewhere... Read more »

Borgman

Director: Alex van Warmerdam / Country: The Netherlands / Year: 2013 / Type: Feature / Duration: 113 mins / Festivals & Awards: Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

BORGMAN is the central character in Alex van Warmerdam’s dark, malevolent fable. Is he a dream or a demon, a twisted allegory or an all-too-real embodiment of our fears?  BORGMAN is a sinister arrival in the sealed-off streets of modern suburbia. His... Read more »

May I Kill U?

Director: Stuart Urban / Country: England / Year: 2012 / Type: Feature / Duration: 87 mins / Festivals & Awards: Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

Baz is one of Britain's new breed of police, a cycle cop. Although he appears to be a figure of fun, a freak accident turns him into a psychopath. As riots break out in London, a head injury changes Baz from an everyday police officer into a mad... Read more »

Stalled

Director: Christian James / Country: England / Year: 2013 / Type: Feature / Duration: 80 mins / Festivals & Awards: Lund International Fantastic Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

Where would you hide during a zombie apocalypse? The down-on-his-luck janitor W.C was never invited to the company Christmas party and instead gets to spend Christmas Eve switching light bulbs in the ladies room. But the celebrations get even crazier... Read more »

Cockneys Vs. Zombies

Director: Matthias Hoene / Country: England / Year: 2012 / Type: Feature / Duration: 85 mins / Festivals & Awards: ScienceplusFiction - Trieste International Science Fiction Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

This British movie is about a group of inept criminals who decide to rob a bank so they can save their grandfather's retirement home from being demolished by developers. Meanwhile on another building site some workers dig up an old graveyard and they... Read more »

In the name of the son

Director: Vincent Lannoo / Country: France, Belgium / Year: 2012 / Type: Feature / Duration: 80 mins / Festivals & Awards: Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent, Sitges - Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya / Feature Film Méliès d'Or

Catholic fundamentalist Elizabeth doubts nothing, which is why her loss of faith is going to hurt. The comedy of the year. (NIFFF) Read more »

Holy Motors

Director: Leos Carax / Country: France / Year: 2012 / Type: Feature / Duration: 115 mins / Festivals & Awards: Sitges - Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. He is, in turn, captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, family man... He seems to be playing roles, plunging headlong into... Read more »

The End

Director: Jorge Torregrossa / Country: Spain / Year: 2012 / Type: Feature / Duration: 90 mins / Festivals & Awards: Imagine Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

A group of old friends gets together for a weekend in a mountain cabin. Years have gone by and yet nothing seems to have changed between them. But lurking behind the laughter and stories is a murky episode from the past that continues to haunt them. A... Read more »

2012

The Divide

Director: Xavier Gens / Country: Germany / Year: 2011 / Type: Feature / Duration: 112 mins / Festivals & Awards: Fanomenon - Leeds International Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

Survivors of a nuclear attack are grouped together for days in the basement of their apartment building, where fear and dwindling supplies wear away at their dynamic. (Source: IMDB) Read more »

Vanishing Waves

Director: Kristina Buozyte / Country: Lithuania / Year: 2012 / Type: Feature / Duration: 124 mins / Festivals & Awards: Lund International Fantastic Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent, Sitges - Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya / Feature Film Méliès d'Or

In a research facility at a hospital, an international group of scientists are testing a new method of looking into the minds of coma patients. Do they dream? About what? Can contact be made, somehow? (Source: LIFFF) Read more »

Kill List

Director: Ben Wheatley / Country: United Kingdom / Year: 2011 / Type: Feature / Duration: 95 mins / Festivals & Awards: Sitges - Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

Nearly a year after a botched job, a hitman takes a new assignment with the promise of a big payoff for three killings. What starts off as an easy task soon unravels, sending the killer into the heart of darkness. (Source: IMDB) Read more »

The Arrival of Wang

Director: Antonio Manetti, Marco Manetti / Country: Italy / Year: 2011 / Type: Feature / Duration: 80 mins / Festivals & Awards: ScienceplusFiction - Trieste International Science Fiction Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

Gaia (Francesca Cuttica) is an Italian interpreter who's persuaded by a shady government agent (Ennio Fantastichini) to translate a top-secret examination of an enigmatic gentleman known only as Mr. Wang. (Source: cine-vue) Read more »

Sleep Tight

Director: Juame Balagueró / Country: Spain / Year: 2011 / Type: Feature / Duration: 102 mins / Festivals & Awards: Imagine Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

You wake day after day to the comfort and security of your home. But how safe is it really? (Source: IMDB) Read more »

Citadel

Director: Ciaran Foy / Country: United Kingdom, Ireland / Year: 2012 / Type: Feature / Duration: 84 mins / Festivals & Awards: Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

An agoraphobic father teams up with a renegade priest to save his daughter from the clutches of a gang of twisted feral children who committed an act of violence against his family years earlier. (Source: IMDB) Read more »

Iron Sky

Director: Timo Vuorensola / Country: Germany, Finland, Australia, USA / Year: 2012 / Type: Feature / Duration: 93 mins / Festivals & Awards: Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

In the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program evaded destruction by fleeing to the Dark Side of the Moon. During 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis construct a gigantic space fortress with a massive armada of flying saucers.... Read more »

Painless

Director: Juan Carlos Medina / Country: Spain, France, Portugal / Year: 2012 / Type: Feature / Duration: 100 mins / Festivals & Awards: Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

Set in Catalonia, Painless weaves two stories: in one, starting during the Spanish Civil War and running through to the '60s, an asylum attempts to rehabilitate children who feel no pain, by teaching them physical suffering. In the second, in the... Read more »

Livid

Director: Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury / Country: France / Year: 2011 / Type: Feature / Duration: 88 mins / Festivals & Awards: Espoo Ciné International Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

"It's young Lucy's first day as a trainee in-house caregiver. She visits Mrs Jessel, an old woman who lies in cerebral coma, by herself, in her large desolate house. Learning by accident that Mrs Jessel, a former dance teacher of repute, supposedly... Read more »

2011

Hideaways

Director: Agnès Merlet / Country: France / Year: 2011 / Type: Feature / Duration: 88 mins / Festivals & Awards: Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

James Furlong, motherless, discovered an extraordinary gift to an accident causing the death of his father and his grandmother. Shocked by the mysterious power he has discovered, James is isolated in a forest to avoid hurting his family and decides to... Read more »

2010

Buried

Director: Rodrigo Cortés / Country: Spain, France / Year: 2010 / Type: Feature / Duration: 95 mins / Festivals & Awards: Sitges - Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya / Feature Film Méliès d'Or, Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

Paul is a U.S. truck driver working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it's a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap. Read more »

The Children

Director: Tom Shankland / Country: England / Year: 2008 / Type: Feature / Duration: 84 mins / Festivals & Awards: ScienceplusFiction - Trieste International Science Fiction Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

A relaxing Christmas vacation turns into a terrifying fight for survival as the children begin to turn on their parents. (IMDB) Read more »

The Eclipse

Director: Conor McPherson / Country: Ireland / Year: 2009 / Type: Feature / Duration: 88 mins / Festivals & Awards: Sitges - Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

In a seaside Irish town, a widower sparks with a visiting horror novelist while he also begins to believe he is seeing ghosts. (IMDB) Read more »

2000

Lighthouse

Director: Simon Hunter / Country: England / Year: 1999 / Type: Feature / Duration: 95 mins / Festivals & Awards: Cinénygma Luxembourg International Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

Tuvalu

Director: Veit Helmer / Country: Germany / Year: 1999 / Type: Feature / Duration: 101 mins / Festivals & Awards: Espoo Ciné International Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

Angel of the Night

Director: Shaky Gonzalez / Country: Denmark / Year: 1998 / Type: Feature / Duration: 98 mins / Festivals & Awards: Fantafestival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

Rebecca has inherited her grandmother's Gothic mansion and brings both her best friend an her boyfriend for a weekend. While exploring the crypts they discover an old dusty book, which describes the life of a vampire. As the story unfolds, it becomes... Read more »

Deep in the Woods

Director: Lionel Delplanque / Country: France / Year: 2000 / Type: Feature / Duration: 90 mins / Festivals & Awards: Sitges - Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

Possessed

Director: Anders Rønnow Klarlund / Country: Denmark / Year: 1999 / Type: Feature / Duration: 99 mins / Festivals & Awards: Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

The Ugliest Woman in the World

Director: Miguel Bardem / Country: Spain / Year: 1999 / Type: Feature / Duration: 90 mins / Festivals & Awards: Fantasporto - Oporto International Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

1999

The Wisdom of Crocodiles

Director: Po-Chih Leon / Country: England / Year: 1998 / Type: Feature / Duration: 98 mins / Festivals & Awards: Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

The Nameless

Director: Juame Balagueró / Country: Spain / Year: 1999 / Type: Feature / Festivals & Awards: Sitges - Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent, Sitges - Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya / Feature Film Méliès d'Or

Five years after a young girl was murdered when her mother seemed to have started to recover, a phone call once again shatters her life: "Mummy, it's me... come and get me". Helped by an ex-policeman and a reporter who is expert in the supernatural,... Read more »

The Acid House

Director: Paul McGuigan / Country: England / Year: 1998 / Type: Feature / Festivals & Awards: Fantasporto - Oporto International Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

99,9

Director: Augustin Villaronga / Country: Spain / Year: 1997 / Type: Feature / Festivals & Awards: Fantafestival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

Goodbye, 20th Century

Director: Darko Mitrevski / Aleksandar Popovski / Country: Macedonia / Year: 1998 / Type: Feature / Duration: 83 mins / Festivals & Awards: Espoo Ciné International Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

1998

Photographing Fairies

Director: Nick Willing / Country: England / Year: 1997 / Type: Feature / Duration: 106 mins / Festivals & Awards: Fantasporto - Oporto International Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent, Fantafestival / Feature Film Méliès d'Or

Photographer Charles Castle is numbed with grief following the death of his beautiful bride. He goes off to war, working in the trenches as a photographer. Following the war and still in grief Charles is given some photographs purporting to be of... Read more »

The Thousand Miracles of the Universe

Director: Jean-Michel Roux / Country: France, Canada / Year: 1997 / Type: Feature / Duration: 90 mins / Festivals & Awards: Fantafestival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

Lawn Dogs

Director: John Duigan / Country: England / Year: 1997 / Type: Feature / Festivals & Awards: Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

Newly arrived in an up-market housing development, quiet ten-year-old Devon doesn't quite fit in. Ignoring the urgings of her social-climbing father, Devon chooses the company of Trent, who mows the estate's lawns, rather than of the girls her own age.... Read more »

The Hole

Director: Ming-liang Tsai / Country: France / Year: 1998 / Type: Feature / Duration: 95 mins / Festivals & Awards: Sitges - Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

A strange disease starts to affect people in Taiwan just before the year 2000. The authorities order everyone to evacuate, but some tenants of an apartment building stay put, including a shop owner who lives by himself. One day, a plumber goes to the... Read more »

1997

Body Troopers

Director: Vibeke Idsøe / Country: Norway / Year: 1996 / Type: Feature / Duration: 91 mins / Festivals & Awards: Fantafestival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

A little kid shrinks himselfs so that he can travel into the body of his grandfather. Here he has to kill the kidney-stone his grandfather is suffering from. (Source: IMDB, Einar Stenseng) Read more »

Tesis

Director: Alejandro Amenábar / Country: Spain / Year: 1996 / Type: Feature / Festivals & Awards: Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

While doing a thesis about violence, Ángela finds a snuff video where a girl is tortured until death. Soon she discovers that the girl was a former student in her faculty... (Source: IMDB) Read more »

Darklands

Director: Julian Richards / Country: England / Year: 1996 / Type: Feature / Duration: 90 mins / Festivals & Awards: Fantasporto - Oporto International Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

A reporter investigates ritual profanations and finds himself involved with a Druidic cult. (Source: IMDB) Read more »

Tren de sombras

Director: José Luis Guerín / Country: Spain / Year: 1997 / Type: Feature / Duration: 88 mins / Festivals & Awards: Sitges - Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent, Fantasporto - Oporto International Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Or

A silent homage to the origins of cinema, recreating the apparent disappearance of a French photographer in the 1920s. Experimental. (Source: IMDB) Read more »

1996

Taxandria

Director: Raoul Servais / Country: Belgium / Year: 1996 / Type: Feature / Duration: 82 mins / Festivals & Awards: Fantasporto - Oporto International Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

A young prince is taken for tuition at a seaside hotel but there quickly bores and wanders off to visit a nearby lighthouse. Befriended by the keeper, he learns of a secret world he can see inside the light of the lamp - the world of Taxandria ruled by... Read more »

Sólo se muere dos veces

Director: Esteban Ibarretxe / Country: Spain / Year: 1996 / Type: Feature / Duration: 92 mins / Festivals & Awards: Sitges - Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

The Day of the Beast

Director: Alex de la Iglesia / Country: Spain / Year: 1995 / Type: Feature / Duration: 103 mins / Festivals & Awards: Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Or, Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival / Feature Film Méliès d'Argent

A basque priest finds by means of a cabalistic study of the bible that the anti-christ is going to be born on Christmas day in Madrid. Helped by a heavy-metal fan and by the showman of a TV esoteric program, he will try to invoke the devil to find out... Read more »