Spy Time named Best Film at Courmayeur
by Vittoria Scarpa
- The 25th Courmayeur Noir Film Festival came to a close yesterday with the victory of Javier Ruiz Caldera’s black comedy. The Special Jury Prize went to Patricia Rozema's Into the Forest
Yesterday, on 13 December, the 2015 edition of the Courmayeur Noir Film Festival, which turned 25 this year, came to a close with the victory of Spy Time by Spanish director Javier Ruiz Caldera. The unchained black/spy comedy by the acclaimed director of Spanish Movie [+see also:
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So that’s it for the silver jubilee edition of the Festival – which hosted, among others, the world premiere of the first episode of the new X-Files and the Italian premiere of spy story Bridge of Spies by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Hanks. The Festival will now prepare for its next ventures, including a special event in Valle d’Aosta at the end of January in conjunction with the Film Commission that will be held to mark the occasion of the Italian release of Point Break (which was partly shot there) and a completely revamped edition for next winter. “It’s still too early to tell how and where the next edition of the Festival will unfold – said Giorgio Gosetti, who directs the Festival with Marina Fabbri – but we’re grateful to everyone in Courmayeur and Valle d’Aosta who believed in us and have always supported us, aware that our work in entertainment and culture could bring added value to the identity of these magnificent places on the slopes of Mont Blanc”.
(Translated from Italian)