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'Pengabdi Setan' (Satan’s Slave) has been awarded the Feature Film Jury Prize at the 2018 Overlook Film Festival, United States. (Rapi Film/File)
Indonesian horror movie Pengabdi Setan (Satan’s Slave) has been awarded the Feature Film Jury Prize at the 2018 Overlook Film Festival.
The features jury consisted of the Los Angeles Times’ Jen Yamato, Toronto International Film Festival Midnight Madness programmer Peter Kuplowsky and producer Toby Halbrooks, as quoted by ScreenAnarchy.
Joko Anwar, the movie’s director, also shared the news on Twitter.
Pengabdi Setan menang Film Terbaik di Overlook Film Festival, festival film horror yg di tahun kedua sudah jadi salah satu festival film paling bergengsi di Amerika Serikat, mengalahkan film-film horror keren seperti Hereditary, Don't Leave Home, dan Upgrade. https://t.co/kA4J8pWPEJ— Joko Anwar (@jokoanwar) April 26, 2018
“Satan’s Slave won Best Movie at the Overlook Film Festival, a horror film festival that is in its second year and has become one of the most prestigious festivals in the United States, beating out cool films such as Hereditary, Don’t Leave Home and Upgrade.”
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Held in New Orleans’s French Quarter from April 19 to 22, the horror film festival offered exciting experiences alongside screenings of 41 movies from 12 countries.
There was an immersive game where players were required to solve puzzles and look for clues, an eerie virtual reality experience in a mansion or an interactive live event where groups of people played along with a Ouija board in the Bourbon Orleans Hotel’s haunted room.
Pengabdi Setan was the most watched movie in Indonesia last year, amassing 4.2 million viewers, and garnered several awards, including Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction at the 37th Indonesian Film Festival last year.
The Verge reported that the Overlook Film Festival in its first installment was devoted to scary immersive experiences. “The festival was a genre playground, one that wrapped attendees in its creepy, interactive vibe, and never let them go.” (wng)
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