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Un violent désir de bonheur et Sophia Antipolis primés à Novos Cinemas

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- Le film chinois Suburban Birds a triomphé en compétition ; Young & Beautiful a remporté la section Latexos ; Trinta lumes repart avec le Prix du public

Un violent désir de bonheur et Sophia Antipolis primés à Novos Cinemas
Photo de famille de la 3e édition de Novos Cinemas (© Novos Cinemas)

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The successful third edition of Novos Cinemas, held in Pontevedra, Spain, between 11 and 16 December, was notable for the impressive number of European feature films spread across the gathering’s two competitions: the Official Section and Latexos. This strong European presence was also reflected in the winners’ list, as a considerable number of French and Spanish movies won awards.

The International Jury, made up of Mexican filmmaker-producer Paula Astorga (Once Upon a Time in Hungary), Galician director Eloy Domínguez Serén (Hamada [+lire aussi :
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No Cow on the Ice [+lire aussi :
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) and Galician film teacher Manolo González, handed the Novos Cinemas Award for Best Feature in the Official Section to Suburban Birds by Chinese director Qiu Sheng. The jury also bestowed a Special Mention upon A Violent Desire for Joy [+lire aussi :
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 by France’s Clément Schneider. The latter film, which was premiered in the ACID section of the most recent Cannes Film Festival, was described by the members of the jury as “an ode to freedom and a clear reflection of the past from the present – a restrained, mature, brilliant cinematic exercise that is immensely relevant to the modern day”. 

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The Youth Jury (Xurado Novo), made up of University of Vigo students Ricardo Araújo GilAmy Margaret EganPedro Ignacio FerrariÁngela Hernández González and Noemi Parga Iglesias, awarded France’s Virgil Vernier as Best Director in the Official Section, for Sophia Antipolis [+lire aussi :
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. The auteur of this movie, which was first unveiled in the Filmmakers of the Present competition of the Locarno Film Festival, was lauded for his way of “demystifying contemporary society through an acerbic and elegant style, and for revealing our individual and collective violence in a surprising way”. 

The Latexos Jury, comprising Spanish film critics Violeta Kovacsics, José Manuel López and Ramón Rey, gave the NUMAX Special Award to the Spanish-French co-production Young & Beautiful [+lire aussi :
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 by Marina Lameiro, “for its portrait of intimacy; using the power of suggestion and what happens out of shot, the images of an extraordinary urgency manage to capture the void of the current social situation and the sheer bewilderment of a generation”. Lastly, Thirty Souls [+lire aussi :
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 by Galician director Diana Toucedo pocketed the Novos Cinemas Audience Award.

Here is the full list of winners:

Official Section 

Novos Cinemas Award for Best Feature 
Suburban Birds – Qiu Sheng (China) 

Special Mention
A Violent Desire for Joy [+lire aussi :
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 – Clément Schneider (France) 

Youth Jury Award for Best Director
Virgil Vernier – Sophia Antipolis [+lire aussi :
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 (France)

Latexos section 

NUMAX Special Award
Young & Beautiful [+lire aussi :
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 – Marina Lameiro (Spain/France)

Other awards 

Cinemas de Galicia–AGADIC Audience Award
Thirty Souls [+lire aussi :
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 – Diana Toucedo (Spain)

(Traduit de l'espagnol)

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