Spiral comes out on top at the Al Este Festival
- The Hungarian-Romanian co-production has taken home the Al Este Jaguar from the 12th edition of the Peruvian festival, which has just wrapped
The 12th edition of the Al Este Festival in Lima (Peru) drew to a close last week. After another online iteration, the gathering dedicated to Central and Eastern European movies and the region’s film industry handed out its prizes to some of the titles that were made available to Peruvian households via the El Ekran platform up until yesterday, 27 June.
The Al Este Jaguar for Best Film in the Official Competition, handed out by a jury made up of director Sol Berruezo, programmer Laura Alderete, actress Jely Reátegui, programmer Claudio Pereira, and actress, theatre director and cultural affairs director Marisol Palacios, ended up going to Spiral [+see also:
film profile], a co-production by Hungary and Romania helmed by Cecília Felméri. The movie centres on a man and a woman, biology teachers who leave the city behind to go and live on the shores of a lake, where they strike up a mysterious relationship with nature and with themselves. Eventually, the film morphs into a metaphor on couples and the circle of life. The picture has already picked up prizes at various European festivals that it has taken part in, such as Warsaw and Thessaloniki. Alongside that film, the documentaries Nemesis [+see also:
film profile] and Dead Souls' Vacation, by Switzerland’s Thomas Imbach and Georgia’s Keko Chelidze, respectively, received two Special Mentions.
As for the Competición Itinerante (lit. “Travelling Competition”), which was assessed by a jury made up of documentarians Iryna Tsilyk (The Earth Is Blue as an Orange [+see also:
interview: Iryna Tsilyk
film profile]) and Dea Gjinovci (Wake Up on Mars [+see also:
interview: Dea Gjinovci
film profile]) and programmer Esmeralda Vivas, the winning movie was Soldier’s Women (Peru), directed by Patricia Wiesse Risso, with a Special Mention going to a French movie first presented at IFFR and which is now part of the ACID selection for the imminent Cannes Film Festival, I Comete – A Corsican Summer [+see also:
interview: Pascal Tagnati
film profile] by Pascal Tagnati.
Lastly, as is customary, the other sections of the festival (Emerging Peru and ExperimentAlEste) shone the spotlight on young talents from the country and the wider region, making way for the new generation of up-and-coming auteurs in the local industry.
The gathering also hosted a series of master classes with renowned European directors (see the news) and the third iteration of the EsteLAB (see the news), with a selection of projects by filmmakers hailing from the region. All in all, more than 70 projects, including both features and shorts, were presented virtually, encompassing fiction titles, documentaries, animations and experimental ventures, in addition to special events such as a concert/screening of the Czechoslovakian flick Ecstasy (Gustav Machatý, 1933) accompanied by a live score.
Here is the full list of winners:
Official Al Este Competition
Soldier’s Women - Patricia Wiesse Risso (Peru)
Youth Jury Award
Soldier’s Women - Patricia Wiesse Risso
Balada para niños muertos - Jorge Navas (Colombia)
Emerging Peru Competition
Pasaje de ida - Victor Augusto Mendívil (Peru) (short film)
El barbero - Bruno Rey (Peru/Argentina) (short film)
Donde crece la hierba que te esconde - Patricia Bueno Risso (Peru) (short film)
Fixion - Sebastián Quispe Robles (Peru) (short film)
Cartas desde el primer piso - Josefina León Ausejo (Peru/Switzerland) (short film)
(Translated from Spanish)
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