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Valley and Ruben Östlund touch the Moon at the 30th Cinema Jove


- On Friday last week, the Valencian festival drew to a close with a triumph for the feature debut by Franco-Israeli filmmaker Sophie Artus and a tribute to the director of Force Majeure

Valley and Ruben Östlund touch the Moon at the 30th Cinema Jove
Ruben Östlund receiving the Cinema Jove 2015 Moon of Valencia Award

The 30th Cinema Jove Valencia International Film Festival was held between 19 and 26 June and handed over this edition’s Moon of Valencia Award for Best Feature to the Israeli film Valley (read the review) by Sophie Artus. The jury – comprising the multitalented Jorge Roelas, Romanian actress Olimpia Melinte and French actress Lolita Chammah – said it felt impressed and moved by this drama about young friendship.

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Meanwhile, Swedish director Ruben Östlund, who received the Cinema Jove 2015 Moon of Valencia Award, admitted to those present that the germ of the idea for Force Majeure [+see also:
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came from the video Idiot Spanish Bus Driver Almost Kills Students, which he saw on YouTube.

The jury handed a Special Mention to Sworn Virgin [+see also:
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by Laura Bispuri, a co-production between Albania, Germany, Switzerland and Italy that tells a story of survival and acceptance of one’s identity. The Italian director also took home the CIMA (Women Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media Association) Award, which this year was given out for the first time to the best female-directed movie.

Another honorary award handed out by the gathering directed by Rafael Maluenda was bestowed upon actress Irene Escolar (the Future of Cinema Award), who will soon be appearing in such titles as La corona partida, Guernica, Un otoño sin Berlín and Altamira [+see also:
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, by Hugh Hudson (read the news).

In the short-film section, the top prize went to Discipline by Swiss director Christophe M Saber, while Mentions were bestowed upon The Chicken by Bosnian director Una Gunjak (who also snagged a Special Mention in the CIMA Award), Esel by Austria’s Rafael Haider, and Le mal du citron by Swiss filmmakers Jeremy Rosenstein and Kaspar Schiltknecht.

The Canal + Award was granted to German director Till Novak for Dissonance, and the Pecera Estudio Award went to Spaniard Tomás Peña for 6 Lola 6. Lastly, the Canal + Short Project - Pecera Estudio Award will enable Alberto Vázquez to bring Decorado to fruition, a title produced by Uniko.

(Translated from Spanish)

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