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MÁLAGA 2017 Awards

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Carla Simón and her contained excitement awarded at Málaga

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- The 20th edition of the Andalucian gathering has handed its top prize, the Golden Biznaga, to Summer 1993, the moving feature debut by the Catalan director

Carla Simón and her contained excitement awarded at Málaga
The team behind Summer 1993 collects its Golden Biznaga under the watchful eyes of the festival jury (© Málaga Film Festival)

The predictions were proven correct when the favourite film of the 20th Málaga Film Festival of Spanish-language Cinema, Summer 1993 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Carla Simón
film profile
]
, which earned its director, Carla Simón, two awards at the most recent Berlinale, went home with the Golden Biznaga for Best Spanish Film. Since the festival expanded its official section to include Latin America this year, there was also a Golden Biznaga for a movie hailing from the other side of the Atlantic, which was bestowed upon Cuban director Fernando Pérez and his Last Days in Havana [+see also:
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]
, which was also screened at Berlin this year.

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And so while the winners’ list offered few surprises, the festival showed a clear desire to grow and consolidate its reputation, with a greater range of industrial activities (Málaga was the venue for the 11th Spanish Screenings organised by FAPAE: see the news), and expressed its aim to serve as a bridge between Spain and Latin America. And although they do not occupy the first two steps on the podium, there are two films that could be considered the moral victors and true surprises of Málaga 2017.

On one hand, there was No sé decir adiós [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Lino Escalera
film profile
]
, the feature-length directorial debut by Lino Escalera, who has a prolific career behind him as a director of shorts and adverts: this heartfelt drama garnered unanimous praise from the press and was recognised with five trophies, including one for its sensitive screenplay (penned by the director and Pablo Remón), and two others for the flawless acting work by Nathalie Poza and Juan Diego, as well as the Special Jury Prize.

The other impressive little gem at the Málaga-based gathering was Selfie [+see also:
film review
interview: Víctor García León
film profile
]
, the first movie to screen in competition, and also the one that has really set tongues wagging on social networks. The third film by Víctor García León leads us down new avenues of the mockumentary and takes a merciless snapshot of modern-day Spanish society, shot through with grotesque humour. A Special Mention from the jury chaired by Emilio Martínez Lázaro may seem inadequate, but if the enthusiastic support of its myriad fans is anything to go by, it is destined to become this year’s hit movie.

Here is the complete list of winners at this year’s edition:

Official section

Golden Biznaga for Best Spanish Film
Summer 1993 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Carla Simón
film profile
]
- Carla Simón

Golden Biznaga for Best Latin American Film
Last Days in Havana [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Fernando Pérez (Cuba/Spain)

Silver Biznaga - Special Jury Prize
No sé decir adiós [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Lino Escalera
film profile
]
- Lino Escalera

Silver Biznaga for Best Director
Víctor Gaviria - La mujer del animal (Colombia)

Hotel AC Málaga Palacio Silver Biznaga for Best Actress
Nathalie Poza - No sé decir adiós

Silver Biznaga for Best Actor
Leonardo Sbaraglia – The Lost Brother (Spain/Argentina/Uruguay/France)

Silver Biznaga for Best Supporting Actress
Gabriela Ramos – Last Days in Havana

Silver Biznaga for Best Supporting Actor
Juan Diego - No sé decir adiós

Silver Biznaga for Best Screenplay
Pablo Remón and Lino Escalera - No sé decir adiós

Silver Biznaga for Best Score
Pascal GaignePlan de fuga [+see also:
trailer
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]

Deluxe Silver Biznaga for Best Cinematography
Walter Carvalho – Redemoinho (Brazil)

Silver Biznaga for Best Editing
Etienne BoussacLa mujer del animal

Special Jury Mention
Selfie [+see also:
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interview: Víctor García León
film profile
]
- Víctor García León

Silver Biznaga – Critics’ Special Jury Prize
Selfie - Víctor García León

Acting Special Mention
No sé decir adiós - Lino Escalera

Silver Biznaga – Gas Natural Fenosa Audience Award
Last Days in Havana - Fernando Pérez (Cuba/Spain)

Zonazine section

Silver Biznaga for Best Film
Júlia ist [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Elena Martín
film profile
]
- Elena Martín

Silver Biznaga for Best Director
Elena Martín - Júlia ist

Silver Biznaga for Best Actress
Ivana Baquero – Sister of Mine [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Pedro Aguilera
film profile
]

Silver Biznaga for Best Actor
Julio Perillán – Sister of Mine

Silver Biznaga – Audience Award
Blue Rai - Pedro B Abreu

Official documentary section

Silver Biznaga for Best Documentary
The Ballad of Oppenheimer Park - Juan Manuel Sepúlveda (Mexico)

Silver Biznaga for Best Director
David Arratibel – Converso [+see also:
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trailer
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]

Special Mention
Al otro lado del muro - Pau Ortiz (Mexico/Spain)

Silver Biznaga – Audience Award
Donkeyote [+see also:
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trailer
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]
- Chico Pereira (Spain/Germany/UK)

(Translated from Spanish)

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