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Irish films CITADEL and GRABBERS pick up top awards at NIFF
Irish/Scottish co-production CITADEL, the psychological horror debut from talented Irish writer - director Ciarán Foy picked up the ‘Narcisse' Best Film Award at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival at the weekend with Jon Wright's monster comedy GRABBERS walking away with the festivals Titra Film Award and the RTS Public award.
The Swiss festival welcomed over 29,000 people who attended this year's festival which showcased over 100 films over the nine days.
Blurring the boundary between real-life experiences and a darker fictional world, CITADEL which stars Aneurin Barnard and James Cosmo is an unsettling, original and powerful story - an agoraphobic father teams up with a renegade priest to save his daughter from the clutches of a gang of twisted feral children.This award follows CITADEL's success at the Galway Film Fleadh where it picked up the Best First Feature prize this weekend and SXSW where it picked up an Audience Award earlier this year. CITADEL was produced by Katie Holly for Blinder Films and Brian Coffey for Sigma Films with funding from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board and Creative Scotland.
GRABBERS, which had its world premiere at Sundance is a comical twist on the classic suburban horror-flick. Written by Kevin Lehane, the story captures the idyll and charm of a rural Irish fishing village, as the peace of the enchanting Erin Island community is shattered by an invasion of giant squid-like creatures from the sea, known as "grabbers", who start picking off the villagers. Handsome but washed up local policeman O'Shea is forced to sober up and team up with uptight, teetotal policewoman Lisa to protect the island's population from the tentacle, fang-jawed, barb-tongued creatures. The film was produced by Forward Films in the UK, Samson Films in Dublin, in association with High Treason Productions, Nvizible and The Salt Company. GRABBERS will be released in Irish cinemas on August 10th.