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SEVILLE 2014

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Force Majeure triumphs at Seville

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- The Seville European Film Festival comes to a close giving the Golden Giraldillo to Ruben Östlund's film - The Kindergarten Teacher and Mr Turner, also awarded

Force Majeure triumphs at Seville
Force majeure by Ruben Östlund

The Seville European Film Festival comes to a close today, Saturday 15, after eight days of events and screenings of the best European films of the year. The jury, composed of Spanish filmmaker Carlos Vermut, Turkish filmmaker Pelin Esmer, Spanish actress Nora Navas, Argentinean programmer Marcelo Panozzo and English film critic Neil Young, has decided to award the Golden Giraldillo for Best Film to Ruben Östlund's excellent Force Majeure [+see also:
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interview: Ruben Östlund
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]
. The film, which was already awarded in Cannes' Un Certain Regard, skillfully depicts the emotional aftermath of a Swedish family in a French ski resort. According to the jury, “no-madeja-do (“it has not abandoned me”) is the motto of Seville – so there can be no more appropriate winner of the top prize than a work which hinges on the idea of abandonment, in which the perception of crisis triggers an unexpected response with extreme consequences for all concerned.” Additionally, the film received the Best Screenplay Award, also for Östlund.

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In the meantime, Nadav Lapid's puzzling The Kindergarten Teacher [+see also:
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won the Silver Giraldillo, and Alice Rohrwacher's enticing The Wonders [+see also:
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interview: Alice Rohrwacher
interview: Tiziana Soudani
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]
won the Special Jury Award, the other big prizes of the festival. Rohrwacher's film also saw its lead actress, newcomer Maria Alexandra Lungu, awarded with the Best Actress prize, shared ex-aequo with Arielle Holmes for her role in the Safdie brothers' Heaven Knows What. Mr Turner [+see also:
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interview: Mike Leigh
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]
was the other big winner, taking home the Best Director Award for Mike Leigh and the Best Actor Award for Timothy Spall. And lastly, Andrei Zvyagintsev's Leviathan [+see also:
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was the recipient of the Best Photography Award.

The jury of the parallel section Las Nuevas Olas awarded its first prize to Spanish filmmaker Ángel Santos' The High Pressures [+see also:
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interview: Ángel Santos
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]
(read our interview with him), “for considering it a reflection of the present situation in the creative sector”, according to them. The second prize and Special Mention of the section went to Fernand Melgar's The Shelter [+see also:
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interview: Fernand Melgar
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]
and Óscar Ruiz Navia's Los hongos [+see also:
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, respectively. Other prizes included the Grand Audience Award for Paolo Virzì's Human Capital [+see also:
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interview: Paolo Virzì
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and the Eurimages Award for the Best European Co-production to Kornél Mundruczó's White God [+see also:
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interview: Kornél Mundruczó
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]
. The complete list of awards is here.

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