Gust Van den Berghe’s Lucifer has won the Grand Prize at the New Horizons Film Festival in Poland (23 July – 2 August). The award comes just a week after the film received the prize for Best Feature Film at the Guanajuato International Film Festival in Mexico.

LuciferScreening in the festival’s international competition together with 11 other features, Lucifer won the Grand Prize of the Jury at New Horizons. Director Gust Van den Berghe was on hand to accept the award, which comes with a cash prize of 20,000 Euros plus guaranteed distribution for the film in Poland.

This is the fourth prize on Lucifer’s awards shelf, having previously won prizes at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and the Europe by Europe Film Festival in Paris. Last week, the film also took the award for Best Feature Film at the Guanajuato International Film Festival in Mexico, where the jury praised the film’s poetry, the direction of actors and its radicalism in aesthetics and form.

Lucifer is the third instalment in Van den Berghe’s triptych after Little Baby Jesus of Flandr and Blue Bird, and had its world premiere at last year’s Rome Film Festival. Since then, the film has so far been invited to 25 film festivals, among them the Valladolid Film Festival, Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal, the Göteborg Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, Filmfest Munich and the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

It has been confirmed for a new batch of festivals in the upcoming months and is also set to open the Director’s Forum, a brand new section at the Netherlands Film Festival.

Tomas Leyers produced Lucifer for Minds Meet (Violet, I’m the same I’m an other). The film received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

Published on Monday 3 August 2015

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