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SEVILLE 2015

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The Academy of Muses lauded at Seville

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- José Luis Guerín's latest experiment has become the first Spanish film to snag the Golden Giraldillo. In second place at the Andalusian event was Arabian Nights by Miguel Gomes

The Academy of Muses lauded at Seville
The Academy of Muses by José Luis Guerín

On Saturday 14 November, after condemning the previous day's attacks in Paris, José Luis Cienfuegos, the director of the 12th Seville European Film Festival, handed the floor to the various juries, who proceeded to read out their verdicts. In the Official Section, The Academy of Muses [+see also:
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interview: José Luis Guerín ­
film profile
]
, by the ever-experimental José Luis Guerín (read the interview) won the day: this is the first time that a Spanish film has pocketed the top prize at this gathering. The Silver Giraldillo went to neighbouring Portugal, for Miguel Gomes' Arabian Nights [+see also:
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interview: Miguel Gomes
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]
trilogy, which it funded together with France, Germany and Switzerland.

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While the Special Jury Prize fell to Rabin, The Last Day [+see also:
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(Israel) by seasoned director Amos Gitai, the Best Director Award went to Italy's Roberto Minervini, who helmed the project The Other Side [+see also:
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interview: Roberto Minervini
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]
, which was a collaboration between his home country, France and the USA; the title was also singled out for its outstanding cinematography, courtesy of Diego Romero. Clotilde Courau was awarded Best Actress for her performance in In the Shadow of Women [+see also:
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(France) and Teo Corban was voted Best Actor for his lead role in One Floor Below [+see also:
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interview: Radu Muntean
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]
, a co-production between Romania, France, Germany and Sweden that also earned itself the Best Screenplay Award.

In the New Waves section, the jury bestowed its award upon Pozoamargo [+see also:
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interview: Enrique Rivero
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]
(read the review), a co-production between Mexico and Spain directed by Enrique Rivero (read the interview), for “the frankness of its moral aftertaste, and the quality of its aesthetic and technical offering”; the Special Prize in New Waves was picked up by Berserker [+see also:
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interview: Pablo Hernando
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(read the review) by Pablo Hernando (read the interview), “for indicating a push towards a different type of Spanish cinema”; and an Honourable Mention went to Dead Slow Ahead [+see also:
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interview: Mauro Herce
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]
(read the review), a Franco-Spanish documentary by Mauro Herce, which demonstrates “strong visuals and sound, narrative risk-taking and pure cinematography”. As for the non-fictional New Waves titles, The Event [+see also:
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(Netherlands-Belgium) by Sergei Loznitsa prevailed on account of “its wide, complex political reach”, with a Very Special Mention going to No Home Movie [+see also:
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(Belgium-France) by Chantal Akerman, who passed away recently.

The FIPRESCI Jury opted for Spanish title Transeúntes by Luis Aller as Best Film in the official Resistencias competition; the Junior Giraldillo went to the animated movie Yoko y sus amigos (Spain-Russia); the majority of the public voted for Mustang [+see also:
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interview: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
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; and the Eurimages Award for Best European Co-production was given to The Lobster [+see also:
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Q&A: Yorgos Lanthimos
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]
by Yorgos Lanthimos.

(Translated from Spanish)

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