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Rams’ humanism wins over the jury at Valladolid

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- Icelandic director Grímur Hákonarson’s film has snagged the Golden Spike at the festival, which also awarded the multi-national co-production Mustang with six trophies, including the Silver Spike

Rams’ humanism wins over the jury at Valladolid
Grímar Jónsson, the producer of Rams, picking up his award

On Saturday 31 October, the awards were handed out at the 60th Valladolid Film Festival (Seminci), which, according to its director, Javier Angulo, saw a rise of 10% in takings and attendance levels compared to last year. The movie deserving of the top prize, the Golden Spike, according to the jury of the Official Section, was Iceland’s Rams [+see also:
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, written and directed by Grímur Hákonarson, while the recipient of the second prize, the Silver Spike, was the Turkish-French-German co-production Mustang [+see also:
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by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, which pocketed five additional trophies: the Pilar Miró Award for Best New Director (split with Hákonarson), the Fipresci Award, the Young Seminci Award, the Sociograph Award and the Audience Award.

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In the acting categories, the great Charlotte Rampling once again saw her chilling work in British title 45 Years [+see also:
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acknowledged, while Gunnar Jónsson was named Best Actor for Virgin Mountain [+see also:
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(Iceland-Denmark) by Dagur Kári. The new Best Director Award (to the tune of €12,000) was handed to Naomi Kawase for her work at the helm of An [+see also:
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(Japan-France-Germany); the Miguel Delibes Award for Best Screenplay went to Chile’s Rodrigo Sepúlveda U, who also directed Aurora, while Best Cinematography was bestowed upon Shai Goldman for Israeli movie Tikkun.

In the stimulating Punto de encuentro (“Meeting Point”) section, the top prize was won by 2 Nights till Morning [+see also:
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(read the news) by Finnish director Mikko Kuparinen, while the audience voted overwhelmingly for the Palestinian title 3,000 Nights [+see also:
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by Mai Masri. In the Tiempo de Historia sidebar, victory was claimed by documentary La granja del Paso by Catalan actress Silvia Munt, which examines the social problem of evictions, and the second prize went to the French title I Am the People by Anna Roussillon, which focuses on the Egyptian Revolution. In Doc. España, a prize worth €6,000 was awarded to Filosofía entre rejas by Gilbert Arroyo and Marc Parramon.

(Translated from Spanish)

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