Gérardmer 2022: an egg and disturbing children on the list

End clap for the 29th edition of the Gérardmer Fantastic Film Festival. The Jury, chaired by Julie Gayet, has unveiled its prize list: it is the strange “Egō” by Hanna Bergholm who leaves with the Grand Prix.

After a 100% online edition in 2021, the Gérardmer Fantastic Film Festival has returned to its quarters in the Vosges mountains for a 29th face-to-face edition, which was held from January 26 to 30, 2022.

Festival-goers were able to meet two exceptional guests of honour: director, screenwriter and writer Nicholas Meyer (It was tomorrow, Stark Trek II & Star Trek VI) and director, screenwriter and producer Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Last Night in Soho).

Chaired by Julie Gayet and composed of Alexandre Aja, Mélanie Doutey, Suliane Brahim, Valérie Donzelli, Bertrand Mandico, Grégory Montel and Pascal-Alex Vincent, the Jury had to decide between ten films in competition. And their choice fell on Hanna Bergholm’s strange Egō, and its mysterious egg… The film, co-produced by Finland and Sweden, also won the Grand Est Region Youth Jury Prize.

Another feature film was awarded two prizes: The Innocents by Eskil Vogt, screenwriter of Oslo August 31 and the recent Julie (in 12 chapters), among others. Carried by a sublime poster, this Norwegian film about degenerating children’s games was acclaimed by both critics and the public.

As for the short films, a jury chaired by directors Ludovic & Zoran Boukherma (Teddy) and made up of Shirine Boutella, Saïda Jawad and Antonin Peretjatko decided on a number of fantastic proposals. It was the short film Charge Mentale that won the award.

The 2022 Awards

  • Grand Jury Prize: Ego of Hanna Bergholm
  • Jury Prize: La Abuela by Paco Plaza / Samhain by Kate Dolan
  • Original Music Prize: Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon
  • Critics’ Prize: The Innocents of Eskil Vogt
  • Public Prize: The Innocents of Eskil Vogt
  • Grand Est Region Youth Jury Prize: Ego of Hanna Bergholm
  • Short Film Award: mental load by Benjamin Malherbe

The 2022 winners

Egō – Grand Prize / Youth Jury Prize

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The Jokers / The Bookmakers

Ego of Hanna Bergholm
On video March 2, 2022
Tinja is 12 years old. Her mother pushes her to do gymnastics, exercising an unhealthy perfectionism on her. One night, the little girl will discover a very strange egg, which she will hide, then hatch. Until a disturbing creature hatches…

The Innocents – Critics’ Prize / Audience Prize

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The Bookmakers / Kinovista

The Innocents of Eskil Vogt
At the cinema on February 9, 2022 – Forbidden to children under 12
One summer, four children discover amazing powers and play at testing their limits, far from the gaze of adults. But what seemed like child’s play, gradually takes a worrying turn…

La Abuela – Jury Prize

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Wild BunchCast

The Abuela of Paco Plaza
Susana, a young Spanish model, is about to break into the Parisian fashion world. But when her grandmother is the victim of an accident leaving her almost paralyzed, Susana must return to Madrid in the old apartment where she grew up in order to watch over the one who constitutes her only family. As their joint anniversary approaches, old memories resurface along with strange events, and her grandmother’s behavior becomes more and more disturbing…

Samhain – Jury Prize

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Star Invest Films France

samhain of Kate Dolan
In theaters August 10
It’s the week before Halloween and Angela, Char’s mother, has inexplicably disappeared. All that’s left is his abandoned car. When she returns home without an explanation the following evening, Char and her grandmother realize that something is wrong. She may look the same and sound the same, but Angela’s behavior is increasingly creepy, as if she’s been replaced by a malevolent force.

Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon – Music Prize

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141 Entertainment

Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon
New Orleans. A young girl comes out of a psychiatric hospital. She has potentially dangerous powers. Alone, she will have to learn to control them so as not to endanger others and herself.

Charge Mentale – Short Film Award

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mental load of Benjamin Malherbe
An old gentleman, alone in his studio, finds a way to deceive his loneliness. Makes a life buddy, a comrade… Or maybe just a slave…

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