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It’s obviously the pre-cursor to the big awards season. Film festival news is popping up everywhere. This week, Variety has reported that Duncan Jones’s starkly elegant sci-fi character piece Moon has taken three awards at Spain’s Sitges Film Festival. Moon took the awards for Best Screenplay (Nathan Parker), Best Actor (Sam Rockwell), and Best Picture. Does this bode well for Oscar season, or is Moon just the little film that could? (And Sitges the little festival that rules?)

Even though Zombieland was an obvious crowd favorite, it looks like Moon was the most-liked film overall. This is exciting to me, because 1) Moon beat out films with a solid fan base showing up to the fest, and 2) because Moon is a beautiful and downright haunting film. Director Duncan Jones says his next feature, Mute, will also be sci-fi. It’s set in Berlin, and is loosely related to Moon. “One of them’s about loneliness on the far side of the moon, the other’s about maintaining your individuality in a city that’s so populated that it’s difficult to be an individual,” Jones said, at Sitges.

The festival, which ended Sunday, closed with the post-apocalyptic feature The Road.


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