Pablo Berger, king of Cinespaña
- Torremolinos 73 triumphs at the 8th edition of the Festival of Spanish cinema in Tolosa. It won the 5 major 'Golden Violet' awards. There were also prizes for Alex de La Iglesia & Miguel Hermoso
The award ceremony of the 8th edition of the Cinespaña at Tolosa (which ended on October 19) was dominated by the film Torremolinos 73 [+see also:
film profile] by Pablo Berger. There was a veritable shower of prizes for the first film by the Spanish director, who won the Golden Violet awards for Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Candela Peña), Best Actor (Javier Camara) and Best Photography (Kiko de la Rica).
Torremolinos 73 is a European co-production between the Spanish Blue Legend Productions and the Danish Nimbus Film in collaboration with Telespan 2000. The film had a budget of €400,000 and was released on 80 Spanish screens on May 4. It registered audience figures of 291,000 in Spain, and it was released in Danish cinemas on September 5. The film is set in the 1970s and is about the misadventures of a door-to-door encyclopaedia salesman, Alfredo, and his wife Carmen, and the idea of filming their sex life to then distribute on the Scandinavian market. This entry into the world of film directing leads Alfredo to start making more “serious” films.
The festival jury also awarded prizes to 800 Bullets by Alex de la Iglesia (Best Original Music, to Roque Baños) and The end of a Mystery by Miguel Hermoso (Public Prize and "Female Revelation" for Marta Etura).
(Translated from French)
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