Nacho Vigalondo's Timecrimes, which won the top prize at Fantastic Fest, has been picked up for distrib by Magnolia Pictures. The film, Vigalondo's feature film debut, explores the idea of time travel through a tale about a man who travels back in time and runs into himself, thus setting in motion a chain of events with consequences he never imagined. Vigalondo's 2003 short film, 7:35 in the Morning, was Oscar-nommed, but lost out to Wasp by Andrea Arnold (who went onto make the critically acclaimed Red Road, which won the Jury Prize at Cannes in 2006, along with a bevy of other awards).

Jette Kernion, who reviewed the film for Cinematical during Fantastic Fest, enjoyed it as much as the rest of the audience; she added the film to her viewing schedule after hearing from folks who attended the first screening that the film -- and the Q&A with Vigalondo -- was a must see. Kernion's take on the jigsaw-puzzle plot of the film:

"Many time-travel films seem to work only on that level -- when you try to think about them too hard, the premise crumbles. Timecrimes, however, is so tightly and intricately scripted that upon reflection, everything fits logically. you have to pay close attention, because every scene ends up being re-referenced later in the film. It's the kind of movie where more than once, you end up thinking, 'Oh! So that's why we saw -- ah, I get it now.'" Magnolia will release Timecrimes in 2008; in the meantime, you can read Jette's full review right here.