Paolo Virzì snags the Golden Spike at Valladolid
by Alfonso Rivera
- Like Crazy has come out on top at the 61st Valladolid Film Festival, also picking up the Audience Award and Best Actress Award for its two leads
The magnificent Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi and Micaela Ramazzotti shared the Best Actress Award when the 61st Valladolid Film Festival drew to a close on Saturday 29 October, thanks to their remarkable performances in Like Crazy [+see also:
Q&A: Paolo Virzì
film profile], the highly deserving winner of the gathering's Golden Spike. In addition, Italian director Paolo Virzi's movie was chosen as the audience's favourite, after they packed out the city's cinemas during the various screenings of the festival.
The French-Italian production's most serious rival was the Argentinian-Spanish title The Distinguished Citizen [+see also:
film profile] by Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat, which took home the Silver Spike as well as the Miguel Delibes Award for Best Screenplay, written by Andrés Duprat.
The Brazilian film Madre sólo hay una, about identity crises, pocketed two gongs: Best Director (Anna Muylaert) and Best Actor for young performer Naomi Nero. Clash [+see also:
film profile] (France/Egypt/United Arab Emirates) was rewarded thanks to the work of its first-time director (Mohamed Diab) and for its cinematography, courtesy of Ahmed Gabr. Agnus Dei [+see also:
interview: Lou de Laâge
film profile], a drama by French director Anne Fontaine, bagged the International Critics' Award.
One title that successfully made an impression in the Punto de encuentro (“Meeting Point”) section was the Croatian-Danish production Quit Staring at My Plate [+see also:
interview: Hana Jušić
film profile] by Hana Jusic; the audience opted for Junction 48 [+see also:
film profile], a production uniting Israel, Germany and the United States, and directed by Udi Aloni, in this same sidebar.
In the Tiempo de Historia documentary section, first prize was split between Gulîstan, Land of Roses (Canada/Germany), the feature debut by Zayne Akyol, and Shadow World [+see also:
film profile], directed by Belgium's Johan Grimonprez. Second prize was handed to Dancing Beethoven by Spaniard Arantxa Aguirre, and the jury decided to award two Special Mentions: one for Between Sisters by Italy's Manu Gerosa, and the other for Curumim, the latest work by Brazilian photographer, producer and director Marcos Prado.
Here is the complete list of winners at the 61st Seminci:
Best Actress Award (ex aequo)
Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Micaela Ramazzotti – Like Crazy
Best Actor Award
Naomi Nero – Madre sólo hay una (Brazil)
Best Screenplay Award
Andrés Duprat – The Distinguished Citizen
“Ribera del Duero” Award for Best Director
Anna Muylaert - Madre sólo hay una
Best Cinematography Award
Ahmed Gabr – Clash
Like Crazy – Paolo Virzi
Punto de Encuentro section
Tiempo de Historia section
Dancing Beethoven - Arantxa Aguirre (Spain/Switzerland)
Between Sisters - Manu Gerosa (Italy)
Curumim - Marcos Prado (Brazil)
DOC España section
Sasha - Fèlix Colomer (Spain)
Madre sólo hay una - Anna Muylaert
Sociograph Award 2016
Clash - Mohamed Diab
(Translated from Spanish)
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