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GIJÓN 2015 Awards

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Hong Sang-Soo and Arturo Ripstein are the stars of Gijón’s awards list

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- The jury of the official section opted for Korean film Right Now, Wrong Then as Best Feature of the festival and thought the Spanish-Mexican title Bleak Street was worthy of the Best Director Award

Hong Sang-Soo and Arturo Ripstein are the stars of Gijón’s awards list
Arturo Ripstein at Gijón last week

Hong Sang-Soo is a longtime friend of the Gijón International Film Festival: two editions ago, the Asturian gathering dedicated a retrospective to him, and the Korean has taken part with one title or another at the three latest iterations. This year, besides the Principado de Asturias Award for Best Feature, his Right Now, Wrong Then also received the Best Actor Award for Jung Jae-Young (just like it did at Locarno – read more). Meanwhile, Arturo Ripstein was voted Best Director for Bleak Street [+see also:
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. In addition, the Gil Parrondo Award for Best Art Direction was bestowed upon this co-production between Spain and Mexico, split with the North American title The Diary of a Teenage Girl.

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As for Best Actress, this went to Loubna Abidar for Much Loved [+see also:
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(a Franco-Moroccan film that was also singled out by FIPRESCI): the actress has been attacked in her home country, where the film has been banned, for playing one of the lead characters, who is a prostitute. The Best Screenplay Award and Special Jury Prize were given to The Thin Yellow Line, a Mexican road movie by Celso García. In the Animaficx section, the winner was The Magic Mountain [+see also:
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by Anca Damian (Romania/Poland/France), with Special Mentions for Adama [+see also:
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and the Japanese title The Boy and the Beast.

Claire Simon snagged the Docuficx Award for The Woods Dreams Are Made of [+see also:
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, as chosen by a jury including Mauro Herce (read the interview). The plentiful public voted for the German-Danish movie Land of Mine [+see also:
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interview: Louis Hofmann
interview: Martin Zandvliet
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in the official section, for the Argentinian film Operación México, un pacto de amor in the Rellumes sidebar and for Spain’s The Bride [+see also:
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interview: Paula Ortiz
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in Gran Angular Ficción.

Lastly, the 12,000 children who got the chance to enjoy the Enfants Terribles section chose two European films: The Invisible Boy [+see also:
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interview: Gabriele Salvatores
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(Italy) by Gabriele Salvatores and Dessau Dancers (Germany) by Jan Martin Scharf. The new CIMA Award for Best Film directed by a woman was bestowed upon Sacha Polak, for her Zurich [+see also:
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(Netherlands-Belgium-Germany).

(Translated from Spanish)

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