‘The Nile Hilton Incident’, Gold Spike at the 62nd Seminci

The film by Swedish director Tarik Salek also won the ‘Ribera del Duero’ Award for Best Director and the ‘Miguel Delibes’ Award for Best Script

The North American movie The Raider, by Chloé Zhao, won the Silver Spike, the ‘Pilar Miró’ Award for Best New Director and the Best Actor Award for its star, Brady Jandreau

‘The Nile Hilton Incident’, by Tarik Saleh

10/28/2017.- The Nile Hilton Incident has won the Golden Spike at the 62nd Valladolid International Film Week. This co-production between Sweden, Germany, Denmark and Morocco is the third feature film by director Tarik Saleh (Stockholm, 1972), who has also won the ‘Ribera del Duero’ Award for Best Director and the ‘Miguel Delibes’ Award for Best Script in his double role as director and screenwriter.

In detective genre, The Nile Hilton Incident revolves around the character of Noredin Mustafa – played by Fares Fares -, a Cairo police officer who is in charge of investigating the case of a singer murdered in a hotel room. We soon discover that what appears to be a common crime hides the terrible implications of the untouchable elite who run the country, immune to justice. The film won the Grand Jury Award in the World Cinema Dramatic section at Sundance 2017.

The Silver Spike at Seminci this year has been awarded to The Rider, the second feature film by screenwriter, US-based director Chloé Zhao, who has also won the ‘Pilar Miró’ Award for Best New Director and the Best Actor went to Brady Jandreau from the same movie. This American production tells the story of the young cowboy Brady, who is forced to abandon his only passion: riding and competing. In an attempt to regain control of his destiny, he undertakes a search for a new identity and tries to redefine his idea of ​​what it means to be a man in the heart of America.

‘The Rider’, by Chloé Zhao

Laetitia Dosch, star of Jeune Femme (Montparnasse Bienvenüe), the first feature film by French director Léonor Serraille, and Agnieszka Mandat-Grabka, for her role in Pokot (The Trace) by Polish director Agnieszka Holland, both jointly won the Best Actress Award.

‘Me Mzis Skivi Var Dedamicaze’, by Elene Naveriani

The prize for the Best Photography Direction went to Ágnes Pákózdi for her work in the Swiss production Me Mzis Skivi Var Dedamicaze (I am a Drop of Sun on the Earth).

Finally, the International Jury decided to award a Special Mention to Human Flow, the documentary directed by Ai Weiwei.

The International Jury at this 62nd Valladolid International Film Week has been made up by French director and scriptwriter Brice Cauvin; Claire Dobbin, scriptwriter and Australian filmmaker, as well as the current president of the Melbourne International Film Festival; Uberto Pasolini, founder of Red Wave Films and producer of, among other films, Full Monty (1997); Ray Loriga, novelist, screenwriter and Spanish film director; Emma Lustres, co-founder of Vaca Films, producer of films such as Celda 2011 (2009) and El Niño (2014), and journalist, screenwriter and film director Santiago Tabernero, whose feature films Vida y Color (2007) and Presentimientos (2011) have been screened during the Festival.

Official Section Short Films

Farnoosh Samedi

In the short films section, the International Jury decided to award the Golden Spike to Negah (The Gaze), by Iranian director Farnoosh Samadi, who is a repeat winner of the award after receiving the main festival award last year for Silence, which she co-directed with Ali Asgari.

The Silver Spike was awarded to the short film A Drowning Man, co-produced by Denmark, the UK and Greece by Danish-Palestinian filmmaker Mahdi Fleifel, and the Best European Short Film Award went to Kapitalistis by Belgian director Pablo Muñoz Gómez.

‘Špína’, by Teresa Nvotová

Meeting Point

In the Meeting Point section, the award went to the feature film Špína, a co-production between the Czech Republic and Slovakia, debut film of Slovak director Tereza Nvotová, while British Director Sean Dunn won the award for Best Foreign Short Film for British By the Grace of God. The jury gave Matria, by Álvaro Gago, the award for Best Spanish Short Film. The jury of this section, made up by Serbian director and producer Stefan Ivančić, also programmer of the section Pardi di Domani of the Locarno Festival; Palestinian actress Lamis Ammar and the Mexican producer Gerardo Morán, decided to award a Special Mention to Aala kaf ifrit, second long film by Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania, and the short film Awasarn Sound Man (The Death of the Sound Technician), by Sorayos Prapapan (Thailand / Burma).

‘La Libertad del Diablo (The Devils Freedom)’, by Everardo González

History Time 

The History Time jury has decided to award the first prize of this section to the documentary La Libertad del Diablo (The Devils Freedom) by Mexican Everardo González and the second prize to Dina, a US production directed by Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini. The jury also awarded a Special Mention to Bayang Ina Mo (Native Land), a U.S. and Philippine production directed by Philippine Ramona S. Diaz. In turn, What Happened to Her (United States), by Krysty Guevara-Flanagan, won the first prize in the short documentary competition.

The members of the History Time jury were Spanish director Guillermo García López, author of Frágil Equilibrium, winner of the DOC. España prize at the 61st Week and the Goya for Best Documentary in 2017; Mexican filmmaker Nicolás Echevarría, who is responsible for documentaries such as Poetas Campesinos (1980) and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1988) and the feature-length film Cabeza de Vaca (1991); and Diego Mas Trelles, director of corporate videos, advertising, video clips, short films and documentaries.

‘Verabredung’, by Maider Oleaga

DOC. España

The jury of the DOC.España section decided to award its prize to Verabredung, by Maider Oleaga. The jury, whose members were director Leire Apellaniz; Maite Conesa, director of the Castilla y León Film Library, and Tamara García Iglesias, video-maker, independent curator, scriptwriter and director, also decided to award a Special Mention to Singled [Out] by Mariona Guiu and Ariadna Relea.

The Semici Youth Award, a prize given by youth between the ages of 12 and 18 through popular vote and endowed with a €6,000 prize, has been jointly won by Sing Street (Ireland/United Kingdom/USA), by John Carey, and The Big Sick by Michael Showalter (USA), both with a score of 4.43 out of 5. In second place was Hunt For the Wilderpeople by Taika Waititi (New Zealand) with a score of 4.31.

The jury of the Castilla y León Short Film section, whose members were directors Ana Cea and Miguel Ángel Pérez Blanco, and journalist Angélica Tanarro, agreed to award this prize jointly to Vida y Muerte de Jennifer Rockwell by Javier Roldán, and Ya No Te Quiero by Francisco Hervada Martín.

Other Awards

The Spectators’ Award in the Official Section, organized by El North de Castilla Newspaper, has been won by L’Insult, by Ziad Doueiri (Lebanon/France/USA/ Belgium/Cyprus), and in the Meeting Point section, the film with the highest points given by spectators was As Duas Irenes (The Two Irenes), by Fabio Meira (Brazil).

In addition, Turkish film Daha by Onur Saylak received the International Critics’ Prize from the FIPRESCI jury, whose members on this occasion were film journalists James Evans (England/Canada), Margarita Chapatte (Spain) and Ladislav Volko (Slovenia).

Onur Saylak’s film also won the Official Section’s Youth Award. The jury, whose member were Álvaro Gonzalo Botella, Estefanía Juárez Paredes, Sara Rincón Villar, Teresa Carrasco Montero and María Cembranos Aparicio, considered that “the psychological portrait of the young star gives voice to a social reality of extreme hardness, maintaining the tension until the end, leaving the spectator breathless.”

‘Aala kaf ifrit’, by Kaouther Ben Hania

In the Meeting Point section, the Youth Prize was awarded to Kaouther Ben Hania’s Aala kaf ifrit, as decided by the jury whose members were Adrián Arroyo Calle, Carmen Muñumer Fernández, Lucía Abarrategui Amado, Sergio Pascual Espinilla and Clara García Bermejo. The Jury highlighted that: “Its ability to excite the spectator, with a brave history framed in a macho and patriarchal context after the Arab Spring, the defence of human rights from a solid interpretation” make the film “necessary to understand the state of Tunisian society.”

Doueiri’s film, a co-production between Lebanon, France, the US, Belgium and Cyprus, also won the Sociograph Award 2017 for the most exciting film at the 62nd edition. This award, which is awarded for the third consecutive year, is an initiative that monitors spectators’ emotions during the screening of films competing in the Official Section, giving the award to the film that caused the greatest impact on the audience.

The Rainbow Spike has been awarded to The Party by British director Sally Potter. The jury, whose members were CinHomo representatives José Ramón Rubín, Ainhoa ​​Zabaleta, Gonzalo Soriano, Antonio Hernández and Hugo García. “The film shapes sexual diversity from normalization, integrating it into a choral plot that naturally assumes different orientations of desire between characters of social and political relevance,” argues the jury, which also decided to grant a Special Mention to the Meeting Point short film J’aime les filles, by Canadian director Diane Obomsawin, “for exposing different ways of exploring the first homoerotic relationships by the stars in a fresh, simple and educational way.”

Lastly, the jury of the Golden Blogos prize, whose members were Marina Alonso, David Pérez and José Luis Serrano, decided to award its prize to the film L’Insulte (The insult), by Ziad Doueiri, “for perfectly portraying the conflict between Israel and Palestine through the confrontation of two people, convinced to be in possession of the truth, showing how anger obscures understanding.”

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