Eugène Green emerges triumphant at Gijón
by Alfonso Rivera
- The 55th edition of the Asturian festival came to a close on Saturday with the handing out of its top prize to En attendant les barbares, the latest opus by the utterly unique French filmmaker
The 55th Gijón International Film Festival drew to a close on Saturday 25 November with its traditional awards ceremony at the majestic Jovellanos Theatre, followed by the screening of Nobody’s Watching [+see also:
film profile] (a US co-production with French and Spanish involvement) by Julia Solomonoff. The big winner in the official section was Eugène Green, who was on the same stage just a few days prior to present the world premiere of his latest movie, En attendant les barbares [+see also:
film profile], a title that seemingly prompts polar-opposite reactions in viewers – either intense rejection or heartfelt applause – but which nevertheless scooped the Principado de Asturias Award for Best Feature in the gathering’s official section.
In the acting categories, the AISGE Award for Best Actress was bestowed upon Kim Min-hee for her leading role in On the Beach at Night Alone by Korean maestro Hong Sang-soo, Harry Dean Stanton was rewarded posthumously for his work in Lucky (which was also singled out for its soundtrack, composed by Elvis Kuehn) by US director John Carroll Lynch, and the Best Director Award went to Ana Urushadze for her work on Scary Mother [+see also:
interview: Ana Urushadze
film profile] (Georgia/Estonia).
The Best Screenplay Award also stayed within the confines of Europe: it was given to the script written by Stephan Komandarev and Simeon Ventsislavov for Directions [+see also:
interview: Stephan Komandarev
film profile], a co-production between Bulgaria, Germany and Macedonia, directed by Komandarev. Furthermore, the cinematography of the aforementioned Scary Mother, courtesy of Konstantin Mindia Esadze, was deemed worthy of a prize. And according to the jury, chaired by Whit Stillman, the “Gil Parrondo” Award for Best Production Design was earned by Hamid Boughrara, for Until the Birds Return [+see also:
interview: Karim Moussaoui
film profile] (France/Germany/Algeria), a movie that also picked up the Special Jury Prize.
The festival also awarded the project Puerto deseado by Diana Toucedo at the first edition of the FICX Industry Days (read more).
Here is the full list of award winners:
AISGE Award for Best Actress
Kim Min-hee - On the Beach at Night Alone (South Korea)
AISGE Award for Best Actor
Harry Dean Stanton – Lucky (USA)
Best Cinematography Award
Konstantin Mindia Esadze – Scary Mother
Best Soundtrack Award
Elvis Kuehn – Lucky
Special Jury Prize
Until the Birds Return - Karim Moussaoui (France/Germany/Algeria)
Youth Jury Award for Best Feature in the Official Section
Scary Mother - Ana Urushadze
Audience Grand Prize for Best Film
El equipo de mi barrio - Rafa de los Arcos (Spain)
Award for Best Spanish Film
Lo que dirán - Nila Núñez (Spain)
RCservice Award for the Director of the Best Spanish Film
Nila Núñez - Lo que dirán
(Translated from Spanish)
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