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MALAGA 2018

Carlos Marqués-Marcet bags his second Golden Biznaga

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- Following a triumphant run in Malaga five years ago with his debut film, Long Distance, the Catalan filmmaker has pulled off a new coup with his third feature, The Days to Come

Carlos Marqués-Marcet bags his second Golden Biznaga
The producers of Carlos Marqués-Marcet's The Days to Come with their Golden Biznaga (© Festival de Málaga)

With few worthy opponents in the official competition at this year’s Malaga Spanish Film Festival, now in its 22nd year, Catalan director Carlos Marqués-Marcet’s third film, The Days to Come [+see also:
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, was the favourite right out of the gate. In the end it scooped three of the top prizes as the festival drew to a close on Saturday: the Golden Biznaga for Best Spanish Film, Best Director and Best Actress (for María Rodríguez Soto). The film follows a couple, played by Soto and David Verdaguer, as they prepare for the birth of their real-life child. Verdaguer is a constant in Marqués-Marcet’s work — he also appeared in the director’s two previous full-length films, Anchor and Hope [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Carlos Marques-Marcet
film profile
]
 and debut feature Long Distance [+see also:
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interview: Carlos Marques-Marcet
film profile
]
, which returned from Malaga with a slew of awards five years ago. The pair have frequently been spotted in Malaga pushing a pram holding this very baby. Alternating between fiction and reality, the film tells the story of his arrival in the world.

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In the Ibero-American section, which seems to go from strength to strength each year, the Golden Biznaga for Best Film went to The Good Girls, directed by Alejandra Márquez Abella. Ultimately it was to be a hat trick for this Mexican production as it went on to take the awards for Best Script and Best Editing. Another Mexican film, Hari Sama’s This Is Not Berlin also went home with three awards: the Special Jury Prize, Best Cinematography (for Alfredo Altamirano) and Best Supporting Actor for Mauro Sánchez Navarro (shared with Quim Gutiérrez, who impressed with his performance in the Spanish film Litus, directed by Dani de la Orden).

Another notable winner was the animation and film-buff favourite Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles [+see also:
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, a co-production between Spain and Holland directed by Salvador Simó. Thanks to Arturo Cardelús’s original score, it was presented with the award for Best Soundtrack. It was also the critics’ choice for the best film in the official competition. The shining star of the documentary section (and winner of the Silver Biznaga) was Portuguese production Ashore [+see also:
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, directed by Leonor Teles, which centres around the family of a Lisbon fisherman. Finally, in the ZonaZine section, which never fails to delight and surprise, the two Silver Biznagas went to Ojos Negros [+see also:
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, by Marta Lallana and Ivet Castelo (Spain), and Perro bomba, by Juan Cáceres (Chile).

The full winners’ list from the 22nd Malaga Spanish Film Festival:

Official Section 

Golden Biznaga for Best Spanish Film
The Days to Come [+see also:
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– Carlos Marqués-Marcet (Spain)

Golden Biznaga for Best Ibero-American Film
The Good Girls – Alejandra Márquez Abella (Mexico)

Silver Biznaga - Special Jury Prize
This Is Not Berlin – Hari Sama (Mexico) 

Silver Biznaga for Best Director
Carlos Marqués-Marcet – The Days to Come 

Silver Biznaga Hotel AC Málaga Palacio Award for Best Actress
María Rodríguez Soto The Days to Come

Silver Biznaga Vibuk Award for Best Actor
Óscar Martínez – Me, Myself and My Dead Wife (Spain/Argentina)

Silver Biznaga for Best Supporting Actress (ex aequo)
Carolina Ramírez - Wandering Girl [+see also:
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interview: Rubén Mendoza, Sofía Paz Ja…
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]
(Colombia/France/Spain)
Maggie Civantos - Antes de la quema (Spain)

Silver Biznaga for Best Supporting Actor (ex aequo)
Quim Gutiérrez - Litus (Spain)
Mauro Sánchez Navarro - This Is Not Berlin 

Silver Biznaga for Best Screenplay
Alejandra Márquez Abella - The Good Girls 

Silver Biznaga for Best Soundtrack
Arturo Cardelús – Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles [+see also:
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(Spain/Netherlands/Germany) 

Silver Biznaga Deluxe Award for Best Cinematography
Alfredo Altamirano – This Is Not Berlin

Silver Biznaga for Best Editing
Miguel Schverdfinger – The Good Girls 

ZonaZine Section

Silver Biznaga for Best Spanish Film
Ojos negros [+see also:
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– Marta Lallana e Ivet Castelo (Spain)

Silver Biznaga for Best Ibero-American Film
Perro bomba – Juan Cáceres (Chile) 

Silver Biznaga for Best Director
Kyzza Terrazas – Bayoneta [+see also:
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(Mexico/Finland) 

Silver Biznaga for Best Actress
Aina Clotet – La hija de alguien (Spain)

Silver Biznaga for Best Actor
Steevens Benjamin – Perro bomba 

Silver Biznaga Audience Award
Perro bomba – Juan Cáceres

Official Section Documentaries

Silver Biznaga for Best Documentary
Ashore [+see also:
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Leonor Teles (Portugal)

Silver Biznaga for Best Director
Felipe Monroy – Los fantasmas del Caribe [+see also:
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(Switzerland/Colombia)

Silver Biznaga Audience Award
Baracoa [+see also:
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– Pablo Briones (Switzerland/USA/Spain)

(Translated from Spanish)

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