21th MÁLAGA FILM FESTIVAL- CINEMA IN SPANISH (2018)
“By Antonio Llorens”
The 21st edition of the Malaga film festival, secondly called “cinema in Spanish”, proposed an official competition section where there were practically as many feature films of Spanish and Latin American production, to the point of including two Brazilian titles, spoken in Portuguese-Spanish, no-, one of which (Benzinho, by Gustavo Pizzi) won the prize for the best Latin American feature film and the Feroz prize for the critic.
The Spaniards were Les distàncies, by Elena Trapé, a Catalan film whose action takes place in Berlin and which won the first prize (Biznaga de oro), and an ex aequo prize for its actress, awarded by a jury composed by Mariano Barroso, Manane Rodríguez , Aura Garrido, Sylvie Imbert and Marta Sanz; Casi 40, by David Trueba, won the Biznaga ex aequo of the special prize of the jury and is an excellent film that takes up the protagonists of La buena vida to talk about the arrival of the forties from very different perspectives; Formentera lady, first feature film directed by Pau Durá, starring Pepe Sacristán and one of the best films presented; Mi querida cofradía, by Marta Díaz de Lope, public prize, prize for the best supporting actress; No dormirás, by Gustavo Hernández, rewarded with two Biznagas; Sin fin,first full-length film by the brothers César and José Esteban Alenda, -biznaga for the best actor, Javier Rey-; Ana de día, by Andrea Jaurrieta, very influenced by Belle de jour; El mundo es suyo, directed and played by Alfonso Sánchez; the already released Las leyes de la termodinámica, by Mateo Gil, etc. Among the Latin Americans, the awarded ones The queen of fear / La reina del miedo, by Valeria Bertuccelli and Fabiaba Tusconia, and Los buenos demonios, by Gerald Chijona, a coproduction that approaches with sobriety the history of a serial killer; the already released Sergio & Serguéi, by Ernesto Daranas -coproduction between Cuba and Spain- and the discreet or useless Violeta al fin, by Hilda Hidalgo; Ojos de madera by Roberto Suárez and Germán Tejera, and A voz do silencio, by André Ristum.
They were honored Guillermo del Toro, J.A. Bayona, Monica Randall, Rodrigo Sorogoyen and Paco Delgado, and the golden film, presented by its director, Pedro Olea, and its protagonist, José Sacristán, was Un hombre llamado Flor de Otoño (1978).
In the rest of the sections and activities proposed by Málaga, an authentic without living, Zona Zine continues to be an unmissable event, even if its schedules and proposals are somewhat difficult. Won and convinced Amb vent, by Meritxel Colell, another Catalan film that stands out for the absence of concessions, and the Argentinian Casa Coraggio, by Baltasar Kotman, there was a prize for Traigan la hierba, by Denny Brechner, Alfonso Guerrero, Marcos Hecht, and see a couple of titles with little history: Desaparecer, by Josecho de Linares, and Yo la busco, by Sara Gutiérrez Galve.
The documentaries, organized in a complex program that feature films, short films, special passes, etc., have already left their mark on each of the editions, their interest and contributions, as to go to Malaga only for them. I could see a brief sample but I corroborate the attraction: Camocín, by Quentin Delaroche, Fernando, by Igor Angelkorte, Julia Ariani and Paula Vilela; La cosa vuestra, an admirable provocation of María Cañas, Málaga, the red carpet of Spanish cinema / Málaga, la alfombra roja del cine español, a document as sober as valuable, and Sigfrid Monleón presented with the Canarian artist Pepe Dámaso his work El pintor de calaveras.
In addition, Málaga Prémiere presented films such as the comedy Contigo no, bicho, by Álvaro Alonso Gómez and Miguel Ángel Jiménez; I hate New York, by Gustavo Sánchez; Jefe, by Sergio Barrejón; the miniseries of Mar Coll Matar al padre; the already released Sanz: lo que fui es lo que soy, by Alexis Morante and Gervasio Iglesias, a documentary that knows what it is telling; the arid Solo, by Hugo Stuven Casasnovas … And in case something was missing, gastronomic cinema, retrospectives, the Spanish film year’s harvest, etc. An immeasurable program.
PALMARES 21 FESTIVAL OF MÁLAGA. SPANISH CINEMA
OFFICIAL SECTION OF FEATURED FEATURE FILMS
The Jury of the Official Section of Feature Films in competition of the 21 edition of the Malaga Festival. Cinema in Spanish, integrated by Mariano Barroso, Sylvie Imbert, Manane Rodriguez, Marta Sanz and Aura Garrido, emits the following awards:
GOLDEN BIZNAGA TO THE BEST SPANISH MOVIE
Les distàncies (Las distancias), by Elena Trapé
GOLDEN BIZNAGA TO THE BEST IBEROAMERICAN MOVIE
Benzinho, by Gustavo Pizzi
SILVER BIZNAGA SPECIAL PRIZE OF THE JURY
Ex aequo a Casi 40, by David Trueba, and The Queen of Fear (La reina del miedo), by Valeria Bertuccelli and Fabiana Tiscornia
SILVER BIZNAGA TO THE BEST DIRECTION
Elena Trapé, by Les distàncies (Las distancias)
SILVER BIZNAGA ‘HOTEL AC MÁLAGA PALACIO’ TO THE BEST ACTRESS
Ex aequo to Valeria Bertuccelli, for The Queen of Fear (La reina del miedo), and Alexandra Jiménez, for Les distàncies (Las distancias)
SILVER BIZNAGA ‘VIBUK’ TO THE BEST ACTOR
Javier Rey, by Sin fin
SILVER BIZNAGA TO THE BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Carmen Flores, for Mi querida cofradía
SILVER BIZNAGA TO THE BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Vladimir Cruz, for Los buenos demonios
SILVER BIZNAGA TO THE BEST SCRIPT
Daniel Díaz Torres and Alejandro Hernández, for Los buenos demonios
SILVER BIZNAGA TO THE BEST MUSIC
Edesio Alejandro, for Los buenos demonios
SILVER BIZNAGA ‘DELUXE’ TO THE BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Guillermo Nieto, for No dormirás
SILVER BIZNAGA TO THE BEST MONTAGE
Pablo Zumárraga, for No dormirás
Likewise, the following complementary prizes are granted:
SILVER BIZNAGA SPECIAL PRIZE OF THE JURY OF CRITICISM
The Jury of the Critic of the Official Section of feature films to contest of the 21 edition of the Festival of Malaga. Cinema in Spanish, integrated by Alicia G. Arribas, Francisco Blanco – Boquerini, Laura García Torres, Javier Zurro and Salvador Llopart, unanimously awards the award to Benzinho, Gustavo Pizzi, for his emotional approach to the family and his ability to to move without falling into sentimentality, and because of its feminine look full of truth.
Once the vote count of the audience attending the projections of this section has been completed and the votes of the Popular Jury chosen for this purpose, the SILVER BIZNAGA. PUBLIC PRIZE ‘GAS NATURAL FENOSA’ is for Mi querida cofradía, by Marta Díaz de Lope Díaz.
Traducido por: Eduardo Llorente.