The Heart crowned Best Debut Feature at REC 2018
by Alfonso Rivera
- The international jury at the 18th edition of the Tarragona International Film Festival has handed its prize to Fanni Metelius’ debut movie
The 18th edition of REC – the Tarragona International Film Festival unspooled between 1 and 9 December in Tarragona and unveiled its winners’ list late last week: The Heart [+see also:
film profile], a Swedish film directed and written by Fanni Metelius, and also starring her, was, in the eyes of the international jury, the best feature debut shown at the gathering. The same jury handed a Special Mention to the Hungarian flick Hope You’ll Die Next Time :-), helmed by Mihály Schwechtje.
Meanwhile, the critics’ jury (comprising members of the Catalan Association of Film Critics and Writers - ACECC) opted to reward the Danish film Songs in the Sun, directed by Kristian Sejrbo Lidegaard, with a Special Mention going to the Paraguayan-German-Uruguayan-Norwegian-Brazilian co-production The Heiresses [+see also:
film profile], a movie by Marcelo Martinessi that previously picked up two awards at the most recent Berlinale: the Silver Bear-Alfred Bauer Prize and the Award for Best Actress, for Ana Brun.
Another movie that passed through the latest Berlin Film Festival (in the Panorama section) was the Spanish title Thirty Souls [+see also:
interview: Diana Toucedo
film profile] by Galicia’s Diana Toucedo (winner of the Primer Test sidebar of this very same gathering last year), and it also scooped the Youth Jury Award at REC 2018; this same jury also singled out The Heart with a Special Mention. The audience thought the French film Little Tickles [+see also:
film profile], a drama about child abuse, jointly directed by Andréa Bescond and Eric Métayer, was worthy of its prize.
Standing out among the highlights of this year’s event was the preview screening of El Rey [+see also:
film profile], a film adaptation of the stage play of the same name helmed by Alberto San Juan and Valentín Álvarez, which enjoyed its world premiere at the most recent Seville European Film Festival and which stars San Juan himself, Willy Toledo and Luis Bermejo, the latter playing the title role of the king in this scathing critique of the Spanish monarchy.
Another standout moment of REC 2018 – which paid tribute to Spanish filmmaker Juanma Bajo Ulloa (Alas de mariposa) – was its opening ceremony, which featured the Spanish premiere of El Pepe, A Supreme Life [+see also:
interview: Emir Kusturica
film profile], a documentary – produced by companies from Argentina, Uruguay and Serbia – about the incomparable figure of José Mújica, the former president of Uruguay. The movie, directed by Emir Kusturica, was shown out of competition at the most recent Venice Film Festival.
Here is the complete list of winners:
Songs in the Sun - Kristian Sejrbo Lidegaard (Denmark)
The Heiresses [+see also:
film profile] - Marcelo Martinessi (Paraguay/Germany/Brazil/Uruguay/Norway)
(Translated from Spanish)
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