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The Wooden Box triumphs at Toulouse

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Juan Carlos Falcon’s feature debut The Wooden Box won the Violette d’Or for Best Film this weekend at Toulouse’s 12th Cinespaña Film Festival (see news).

Produced by Spanish outfits Aiete-Ariane Films and Oberon Cinematogràfica with Portugal’s Take 2000, Falcon’s feature – scripted by the director and based on the Víctor Ramírez novel Nos dejaron el muerto – stars Ángela Molina‚ Elvira Mínguez‚ Antonia San Juan‚ Vladimir Cruz and María Galiana.

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Set in a Canaries fishing village during the 1960s, The Wooden Box opens with the sudden death of unpopular local man, Don Lucio. Because of a lack of space, his wife Eloísa cannot keep the body in the house and her neighbour Isabel is given the responsibility of hiding the corpse. While the widow gets over the grief, neighbours line up on the evening before the funeral to pay their dues to her dead husband.

The title (which opened on Spanish screens in May) also won Best Score (Joan Valent) at Toulouse.

The largest showcase of Spanish cinema in France, the Cinespaña festival awarded its 2007 Best Actor award to Catalan actor Alex Brendemühl (Rafa Cortés’ Me) and Best Actress to Cuca Escribano (Azucena Rodriguez’s Atlas of Human Geography [+see also:
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) and Aina Clotet (Judith Colell’s 53 Winter Days). Colell’s film also picked up Best Supporting Actor.

Meanwhile, Mateu Adrover’s Fuerte Apache won the Audience Award, while Cesc Gay’s Ficción picked up Best Screenplay as well as a Special Mention for Best Supporting Actress, awarded to Katy Saunders (who has appeared in a number of Italian films) for her role in Antonio Hernandez’s The Borgia [+see also:
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(Translated from French)

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