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Gracia Querejeta and Isabel Coixet win top prizes


- The two directors win four trophies each. Rodrigo Sorogoyen, the filmmaker behind low-cost but high-risk Stockholm received three awards among which best director

Gracia Querejeta and Isabel Coixet win top prizes

The jury presided over by cineaste Joaquín Oristrell recognised the work of two of the most personal Spanish directors at the Malaga festival, which has just come to an end. Both directors have refused to renounce their personal style and have brought forward, in their latest pieces of work a tenacious defence of their respective universes. With 15 años y un día (Golden Biznaga for best film, best screenplay and critics’ award) starring Maribel Verdú, Gracia Querejeta tells the story of adolescent years and pays homage to her father, the great producer Elías Querejeta. Isabel Coixet looks into the crisis and its profound consequences in Ayer no termina nunca (Silver Biznaga, special jury prize and best photography and editing), already screened during this year’s Berlinale.

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Fresher and more stimulating, compared to those already mentioned, Stockholm [+see also:
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 (read the review), Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s second film, was not only awarded best director (and best young screenplay, together with collaborator Isabel Peña), but it also gained recognition with best main actress for a worrying Aura Garrido, who shared the award with an intense Candela Peña who acted in Coixet’s film.

Teenage heartthrob Mario Casas was awarded best male actor for his work in modest La mula, a controversial film shot over four years ago, which has been signed by an anonymous director, after Michael Radford stood back just a few days before filming concluded. Best supporting actor and actress went to the young and enthusiastic actors in Casting, a film debut for Jorge Naranjo which tells the story of the battle to enter the film world.

The public spoke for itself by voting for Diamantes negros, a Spanish Portuguese coproduction by Miguel Alcantud (read the review).

Finally, worth noting was the strong presence of documentaries which is going through a golden age. The festival gave a much deserved award to A la sombra de la cruz by Alessandro Pugno in the category.

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(Translated from Spanish)

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