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“You’re Next” wins big at the Fantastic Fest Awards

“You’re Next” wins big at the Fantastic Fest Awards (photo)

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Acquired by Lionsgate and pulled from all but one of its screenings at the festival, the crowd-pleasing horror-comedy “You’re Next” still killed at the Fantastic Fest 2011 Awards. The story of a couple trapped in a remote house by crazed animal-mask-wearing killers won four awards: Best Horror Feature, Best Director (Adam Wingard), Best Screenplay (Simon Barrett), and Best Actress (Sharni Vinson). Unofficially, it also won my award for Best Defacement of the Alamo Drafthouse. Look for this one from Lionsgate, probably sometime late in 2012.

The other big winner of the night was “Bullhead,” which made a huge splash in the AMD & Dell Next Wave Spotlight Competition devoted to emerging filmmakers. The dark character study of a steroid-taking Mafia enforcer won Best Picture, Best Director (Michael R. Roskam), and Best Actor (Matthias Schoenaerts). According to IMDb, the film does not yet have a US distributor.

Choosing the winners in any of the categories couldn’t be easy. I saw fourteen films in four and a half days at Fantastic Fest 2011, and most of them were great. I was very pleased to see that one of my favorites, the Danish film “Clown,” garnered awards for Best Comedy Picture and Best Comedy Screenplay. This “Curb Your Enthusiasm”-ish road movie with Farrelly Brothers-ish gross-out sexual humor is uproariously funny; maybe the funniest movie I’ve seen in a theater this year. Here are the rest of my top five favorites:

Matt Singer’s Best of Fantastic Fest 2011
“Sleepless Night,” directed by Frédéric Jardin
“Clown,” directed by Mikkel Nørgaard
“Headhunters,” directed by Morten Tyldum
“Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within,” directed by José Padilha
“Knuckle,” directed by Ian Palmer

The awards are over and I’m heading home, but the festival rolls on for three more days. So does our coverage. Look for more reviews and interviews from Fantastic Fest all this week on IFC.com. Here’s the full list of winners:

AUDIENCE AWARD (Presented by Maxwell Locke & Ritter)
“A Boy And His Samurai” (Yoshihiro Nakamura)
Runners Up: “You’re Next,” “Juan Of The Dead”

AMD & DELL “NEXT WAVE” SPOTLIGHT COMPETITION
Best Picture: “Bullhead”
Best Director: Michael R. Roskam (“Bullhead”)
Best Screenplay: Josh MacDonald (“The Corridor”)
Best Actor: Matthias Schoenaerts (“Bullhead”)
Best Actress: Jessica Cole (“Aardvark”)
Special Jury Award for Boldness Of Vision: “Beyond The Black Rainbow’

HORROR FEATURES
Best Picture: “You’re Next”
Best Director: Adam Wingard (“You’re Next”)
Best Screenplay: Simon Barrett (“You’re Next”)
Best Actor: Sean Harris (“A Lonely Place To Die”)
Best Actress: Sharni Vinson (“You’re Next”)

FANTASTIC FEATURES
Best Picture: “Milocrorze: A Love Story”
Best Director: Noboru Iguchi (“Karate Robo Zaborgar”)
Best Screenplay: Olafur Egilsson, Grimur Haonarson (“Summerland”)
Best Actor: Julián Villagrán (“Extraterrestrial”)
Best Actress: Sawa Masaki (“Underwater Love”)

GUTBUSTER COMEDY FEATURES
Best Picture: “Clown”
Best Director: Steffen Haars, Flip Van Der Kuil (“New Kids Turbo”)
Best Screenplay: Casper Christensen, Frank Hvam (“Clown”)

SHORT FUSE: HORROR SHORTS
Winner: “How To Rid Your Lover Of A Negative Emotion Caused By You” (Nadia Litz)
Runner-up: “The Unliving” (Hugo Lilj)
Special Jury Award for Outstanding Achievement in Special Effects and General Badassery: “Brutal Relax” (David Muñoz, Rafa Dengrá, Adrián Cardona)

FANTASTIC SHORTS
Best Fantastic Short: “Decapoda Shock” (Javier Chillón)
Runner-up: “All Men Are Called Robert” (Marc-Henri Boulier)
Special Jury Mention for Acting: Robert Picardo (“The Candidate”)

DRAWN AND QUARTERED: ANIMATED SHORTS
Best Animated Short: “Last Norwegian Troll” (Pjotr Sapegin)
Runner-up: “Lazarov” (NIETOV)
What Fantastic Fest award winner are you most looking forward to seeing? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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