Málaga applauds brave contender Callback
by Alfonso Rivera
- The everything but accommodating film by Carles Torras picked up three of the main awards at a 19th Spanish Film Festival marked by risk and authorship.
The Jury of the Official Section of the 19th Málaga Film Festival, chaired by Manuel Martín Cuenca, gave the highest award of the Festival, the Golden Biznaga for Best Film, to Callback [+see also:
interview: Carles Torras
film profile], a film that is uncomfortable to say the least and the fourth feature by Catalan director Carles Torras. The film also won the Silver Biznaga for Best Actor (Martín Bacigalupo) and Best Screenplay, which was co-written by the actor and the director.
The festival favourite, The Next Skin [+see also:
interview: Isa Campo, Isaki Lacuesta
film profile], an emotional thriller with the unmistakable mark of the author, by duo Isa Campo and Isaki Lacuesta, had to make do, which is still quite something, with the Silver Biznaga – the Special Jury Prize, as well as the titles of Best Director, Best Actress (Emma Suárez), Best Editing (by Domi Parra) and the Special Critics Jury Prize.
The Biznaga for Best Photography was jointly awarded to Rodrigo Pulpeiro for Kóblic [+see also:
film profile] – a Hispanic-Argentinian co-production whose protagonist, Óscar Martínez, won the award for Best Supporting Actor – and Carles Gusi for Quatretondeta [+see also:
film profile], a film that also received a special mention from the jury. Singer Silvia Pérez Cruz was awarded for her work on the soundtrack for Cerca de tu casa [+see also:
film profile], the award for Best Supporting Actress went to Silvia Maya for Julie [+see also:
film profile] and the Audience Award went to comedy La noche que mi madre mató a mi padre [+see also:
film profile] by Inés París.
In the Zonazine section, El perdido [+see also:
film profile] came out on top, with the Biznaga for Best Director (Christophe Farnarier) and Best Actor: first time actor Adri Miserachs; the award for Best Female Performance went to Laura López for Cenizas, and the Audience Award went to Los comensales by Sergio Villanueva. Nosotras. Ellas by Julia Pesce (Argentina) was crowned the winner of the Documentaries section, whilst Mi amiga del parque (Argentina-Uruguay) by Ana Katz won the Territorio Latinoamericano section.
Juan Antonio Vigar, the director of the Festival, announced that the official section of next year’s edition would be open to films in Castilian, that do not necessarily have to be co-produced with Spain.
The list of winners:
Official section in competition:
Isaki Lacuesta, Isa Campo – The Next Skin
Emma Suárez – The Next Skin
Martín Bacigalupo – Callback
Carles Torras and Martín Bacigalupo - Callback
Domi Parra – The Next Skin
Quatretondeta – Pol Rodríguez
Special Critics Jury Prize
The Next Skin – Isaki Lacuesta, Isa Campo
Christophe Farnarier – El perdido
Laura López – La pols
Adri Miserachs – El perdido
Los comensales – Sergio Villanueva
Mi amiga del parque – Ana Katz
Sandra Kogut – Campo Grande
Julieta Zylberberg – Mi amiga del parque
Carlos Portaluppi – Hijos nuestros
El acompañante – Pavel Giroud
Hijos nuestros – Juan Fernández Gebauer, Nicolás Suárez
Nosotras. Ellas – Julia Pesce
Jointly: Pau Faus – Alcaldessa, Jorge Caballero – Paciente
Mariano Nante – La calle de los pianistas
La calle de los pianistas – Mariano Nante
(Translated from Spanish)