'Phlegm' wins short film award at Razor Reel Flanders Film Festival

On Sunday evening at the Razor Reel Flanders Film Fest 2022 in Bruges, the prestigious Méliès d'Argent award for best short film in the fantasy genre was awarded to 'Phlegm'. The film by Swiss director Jan-David Bolt, "hilarious but thought-provoking", painfully illustrates how carelessly we as humans treat animals and each other, the film festival said in a press release on Monday.

As part of a collaboration between 19 European film festivals and a number of festivals in Asia, North America, Latin America and the Middle East, the Méliès is the only major film prize awarded within a collaborative framework. It rewards short films for their cinematographic quality and creativity. Each winner can later compete for what the organization calls "the ultimate fantasy film prize": that of the Méliès d'Or.

Yesterday's winner of the Méliès d'Argent was Swiss director Jan-David Bolt's 'Phlegm', which is not up to its first award. The short film shows us how Oscar (a starring role by Pascal Ulli) is running late for a business meeting. Amid a series of skyscrapers surrounding a busy square in Zurich, he keeps stepping on one snail after another, each time having to clean the gunk left behind on the soles of his shoes.

"Through bizarre camera angles, a very cold colour palette and a far too cheerful soundtrack, this hilarious but thought-provoking film painfully illustrates how carelessly we as humans treat animals and each other. A deserved winner, therefore", the organization motivates its choice.

On Wednesday, November 2nd, the Razor Reel Flanders Film Fest kicks off again for its final four days.



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