Gérardmer Festival: EGŌ by Hanna Bergholm receives the Grand Prix

The Innocents by Eskil Vogt left Gérardmer with the Critics’ and Public Prizes.

After opening on January 26 with the screening of The Cursed the Sean Ellis, the Gérardmer Fantastic Film Festival unveiled the winners of its 29th edition, on Sunday 30 January. Rewarding five feature films and one short film, this edition was characterized by a very feminine prize list, carried by Egothe new film by Hanna Bergholm. As a reminder, this edition was chaired by Julie Gayet, surrounded by Alexandre Aja, Suliane Brahim, Valérie Donzelli, Mélanie Doutey, Bertrand Mandico, Grégory Montel and Pascal-Alex Vincent.

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Dated for next March 2 in France, Ego is the new fable from the Finnish director of Puppet Master (2018). Telling the hatching of a strange beast from a mysterious egg, this film received the festival’s Grand Jury Prize, as well as the Grand Est Region Youth Jury Prize. Big winner of this 29th occurrence of the Gérardmer festival, here is his trailer:

In parallel with its Grand Prix, the jury awarded its Prize ex-aequo to the feature films The Abuela and samhain, directed by Paco Plaza and Kate Dolan respectively. The Best Music Award went to Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon by Ana Lily Amirpour.

Finally, with regard to feature films, the last film honored was The Innocents by Eskil Vogt. Distributed from February 9 in France, this film promises to be a real horror slap. Favorite of the critics’ jury (composed of five journalists) and the public, alongside the screenwriter by Joachim Trier left Gérardmer with the Critics’ and Public Prizes.

Trailer for The Innocents, one of the horror shocks of the year

As for short films, the Grand Prix for short films was won by Benjamin Malherbe and his short mental load. It was awarded by a jury chaired by Ludovic and Zoran Boukherma, and composed of Shirine Boutella, Saïda Jawad, and Antonin Peretjatko.

We note that this year the prize list is becoming more feminine, with no less than three women winning four of the seven prizes awarded in 2022. Remember that during the 28th edition, all the prizes were won by men.

Note also that the complete selection of films in competition for this 29th Gérardmer Festival will be screened at the Cinémathèque française from February 2 to 7. “A selection of 10 new films from all over the world, to rediscover the myths, obsessions and codes of contemporary cinematographic fantasy and horror. A dive into the most unbridled and terrifying imagination of the moment” as explained by the organizing team of this revival, which will open with a screening of the Grand Prix, on February 2 at 8 p.m. in Salle Henri Langlois.

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