Like Crazy, Golden Spike of the 61st Seminci
The film by the Italian Paolo Virzì has also received the ‘ex aequo’ Best Actress Award for its lead characters, as well as the Audience Award
The Distinguished Citizen was awarded the Silver Spike and the ‘Miguel Delibes’ Award to the Best Script
The film La pazza gioia (Like Crazy), by Paolo Virzì, has been awarded the Golden Spike of the 61st edition of the Valladolid International Film Festival. The film has also received the ex aequo Best Actress Award for its two lead characters, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi and Micaela Ramazotti. It has also been granted the Audience Award, organised by the local newspaper El Norte de Castilla.
The Italian and French joint production Like Crazy, is the eleventh movie by film maker and scriptwriter Paolo Virzì. It depicts the unpredictable friendship between two women who are both being treated at a mental institution. In order to avoid the treatment they should be subjecting themselves to, they escape together so they can take care of some unfinished business.
The Silver Spike goes to The Distinguished Citizen, by Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat, film which has also received the ‘Miguel Delibes’ Award to the Best Script for Andrés Duprat. The Argentinian and Spanish production The Distinguished Citizen, narrates the story of an Argentinian Nobel Laureate in Literature living in Spain, who returns to his home town, Salas, after three decades, because he has been awarded the Distinguished Citizen medal.
The ‘Ribera del Duero’ Best Director Award goes to Anna Muylaert for Mãe só há uma (Don’t Call Me Son). The Brazilian film has also been granted the Best Actor Award for Naomi Nero. Mãe só há uma is the fifth film by the Brazilian director and scriptwriter Anna Muylaert. The main character is a young student who lives with his single mother and her sister, and one day he discovers he was stolen at birth.
Eshtebak (Clash), produced jointly by Egypt, France and the United Arab Emirates, has received the ‘Pilar Miró’ Award to the Best New Director for Mohamed Diab; and the Best Director of Photography Award to Ahmed Gabr.
Eshtebak (Clash) is Mohamed Diab’s second long feature, and it takes place in a police truck during the aftermath of Abdelfatah al Sisi’s coup d’etat against the Islamist Mohamed Mursi in 2013. Within this truck are supporters and opponents to Mursi, as well as two journalists working for an international press agency.
The International Jury of this 61st edition of the Valladolid International Film Festival is comprised by the French producer Marc Baschet; the Spanish actress and director Silvia Munt; the Indian producer Bobby Bedi; the Chilean director Matías Bize; the Italian journalist Ángela Prodenzi; and the Mexican sound designer, editor and supervisor Martín Hernández.
In turn, the film Les Innocentes, by Anne Fontaine, has received the International Critics Prize, awarded by the FIPRESCI Jury, which this year was comprised by the film journalists Salvatore Marfella (Italy); René Marx (France); and Óscar Peyrou (Argentina/Spain).
In the Short Films section, the International Jury has decided to award the Golden Spike ex aequo to Il Silenzio, by Farnoosh Samadi and Ali Asgari (Italy/France); and Cheimaphobia, by Spanish director Daniel Sánchez Arévalo.
The Silver Spike has been awarded to the Danish short film How Long, Not Long, by Michelle Kranot and Uri Kranot; and the Best Short Film Award has been granted to Fight On A Swedish Beach!!, by Simon Vahlne.
In the section Meeting Point, the prize has been awarded to the long feature Ne gledaj mi u plat (Quit Staring at My Plate), the first film by the Croatian director Hana Jušić. Her compatriot, Kristina Kumric, has received the Best Foreign Short Film Award for the film Po Covika (Half a Man). The jury has awarded The App, by Julián Merino, the prize to the Best Spanish Short Film.
For this section, the Audience Award, organised by the local newspaper El Norte de Castilla, has been given to Junction 48, by Udi Aloni (Israel/Germany/United States). The film portrays the life of young Kareem in a poor neighbourhood of Lod; a crime-riddled Jewish-Arab city near Tel Aviv.
The jury for this section was comprised by Claudia Landsberger, a professional of the Dutch film industry; Daniel Cebrián, Spanish scriptwriter and director; and Carlos R. Ríos, director of the D’A (an International Auteur Film Festival in Barcelona).
Time of History
Time of History The jury in the Time of History section has decided to grant the ex aequo First Prize to Gulîstan, Land of Roses, the debut feature of director Zayne Akyo; and Shadow World, a production directed by the Belgian Johan Grimonprez.
The jury considered Gulîstan, Land of Roses, as ‘a film that brings together the vocational defense of the Kurdish territories in a tragic war setting in the Middle East, and the humanity and commitment of a group of female guerrilla fighters. We look at it through a female perspective; it’s an exceptional piece of work amidst a battlefield’.
As for Shadow World, the jury defined it as ‘a revealing investigation about the world war industry that expands by bribing world leaders in order to spark new conflicts. It’s a great film montage where Eduardo Galeano’s narrative expresses the wish for peace between peoples’.
The second prize went to Dancing Beethoven, by Arantxa Aguirre, ‘because she documented the new choreography Maurice Béjart planned for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. It analyses the correlation between the structure and the music with dance, sound and word. It expresses with great humanity how all those geniuses can work together, showing how important art is in the current world’.
The jury also made a special mention for the two films Between Sisters, by Italian director Manu Gerosa; and Curumim, the new work by Brazilian photographer, producer and director Marcos Prado.
The jury was formed by the Argentinian director Fernando ‘Pinos’ Solanas; Andrea Guzmán Urzúa, Chilean film maker and director of DOCMA (Documentary makers’ association); and Eric Corijin, director of the Brussels Academy and vice president of the Brussels Studies Institute.
The jury of the DOC Spain section has decided to award the prize to Delicate Balance, by Guillermo García López ‘for being able to find the images and a montage worthy of José Mújica’s speech, and for its exquisite sensitivity when it comes to delving into the human soul and the search for happiness’.
The jury is comprised by Antonio Weinrichter, writer, teacher, programmer and film critic; Vicky Calavia, producer, scriptwriter and short film, video art and documentary maker; and Yolanda Pérez Martínez, documentary producer. They have decided to give a Special Mention to Sasha, by Félix Colomer, ‘for being faithful in the observation of the documentary; and for eloquently showing the audience, through a particular case, the generosity of sheltering children in need’.
The prize for the Seminci Joven section has been awarded by the younger audience, of ages between 12 and 18 through a vote, and it’s worth 6,000€. The winning film is Auf Augenhöhe, by Evi Goldbrunner and Joachim Dollhopf, with 4,509 points, ahead of Ma vie de Courgette, by Claude Barras (with 4,309 points) and The Other Kids, by Pablo de la Chica (3,933 points).
The jury for the section ‘Castile and Leon Short Film’ was comprised by the film makers Javier Roldán and Alejandro Suárez Lozano; and the actress Eva Almaya. They granted the prize to La Invitación, by Susana Casares.
The first Rainbow Spike was awarded to Mãe só há uma (Don’t Call Me Son), by Brazilian director Anna Muylaert. The jury was composed by ‘CinHomo’ representatives: Maria Luisa López Municio, Maria Eugenia Martín Domínguez, Yolanda Moreno Torrado, Yolanda Rodríguez Valentín and José Ramón Rubín Linares. They declared ‘the director shows us the main character in his search for gender identity and sexual orientation at the same time he is trying to find his identity and his place in the world, which is a fundamental part of the narrative. To achieve it the director has dosed the approach to the story, gradually increasing the intensity, but at the same time the main idea is always there. The character sees himself reflected in the eyes of the people around him, which creates unprejudiced complicity, particularly with the younger ones, especially his brother’.
The Sociograph Award 2016 to the most moving film of the 61st edition has gone to Eshtebak (Clash), by Mohamed Diab. This award, given for the second consecutive year, is an initiative that has monitored the emotions felt by the audience as they watched the films competing in the Official Section. The award would go to the film that caused the greater impact among the viewers.