FROM LA MOSTRA DE LLEIDA TO A NEW CINEMA FESTIVAL IN BARCELONA: BCN FILM FEST (2017)
By Antonio Llorens.
La Mostra de Cinema Llatinoamericà de Catalunya, held in Lleida, already has twenty-three editions, a simply glorious patrimony of guests and a lack of enormous economic-cultural consideration. The twenty-third edition has been carried out by chance: The documentaries were placed as a preamble in the University, and the Mostra only developed from Thursday-inauguration-to Sunday -clausura- with a very limited amount of guests (it was only for the films to competition -which were nine- the Uruguayan actor Hugo Piccinini -Clever, by Federico Borgia and Guillermo Madeiro-, an actor whom we knew by Mr. Kaplan, by Álvaro Brechner. Despite the brutal budgetary cuts, the Mostra honored Emilio Gutiérrez Caba, Francesc Betriu, Jordi Cadena and gave the Journalistic Award Fernández Santo to Javier Tolentino. We saw Judith Colell, to the president of the Academy of Arts and Sciences; Yvonne Blake, the composer Oswaldo Montes (tribute to the deceased Eliseo Subiela) and the artistic director Josep Rossell, while the jury was composed by Manuel Pérez Estremera, Héctor Zamplagione and Jorge Meyer.
The films selected were the Chilean Aquí no ha pasado nada, by Alejandro Fernández Almendras, the aforementioned Clever, the opening Nieve negra, by Martín Hodara, the Argentine El rey del once, by Daniel Burman, the Mexican La región salvaje, by Amat Escalante, the Colombian-Canadian Mañana a esta hora, by Lina Rodriguez, the Cuban Santa y Andres by Carlos Lechuga, the Bolivian Viejo calavera by Kiro Russo, and the Colombian La mujer del animal by Víctor Gaviria, film that swept the awards. The screenings had an acceptable audience participation – they were unique passes – and the balance, despite all the limitations, was absolutely positive. Close the funny I Married a Dumbass (Mi marido es un boludo), by Juan Taratuto, with a great Valeria Bertuccelli.
The Jury of the Official Feature Film Section composed of Manuel Pérez Estremera (president), Héctor Zampaglione and Jorge Meyer, has decided to award the following prizes:
Movistar Award + for the Best Feature Film: “La mujer del animal” (Colombia).
Obra Social Award “la Caixa” for Best Director: Víctor Gaviria for “La mujer del animal” (Colombia).
Best Actress Award: Lola Amores for “Santa y Andrés” (Cuba-France-Colombia).
Best Actor Award: Alan Sabbagh for “El Rey del Once” (Argentina).
Casa América Catalonia Award for Best Screenplay: Víctor Gaviria for “La mujer del animal” (Colombia).
Foreign Radio Award of Spain: “La mujer del animal” (Colombia)
1.- “La mujer del animal” (Colombia).
2.- “Clever” (Uruguay).
3.- “Nieve Negra” (Spain-Argentina).
OFFICIAL DOCUMENTARY SECTION:
The Jury of the Official Documentary Section composed of Jordi Cano (President), Laia Fernández and Karen Stöber, has decided to award the following prizes:
Best Documentary Award: “Los ofendidos” (El Salvador-Mexico)
Special Mention: “El monstruo en la piedra” (France)
1.- “Los ofendidos” (El Salvador-Mexico)
2.- “El monstruo en la piedra” (France)
3.- “El viento sabe que vuelvo a casa” (Chile)
OFFICIAL SECTION OF SHORT FILMS:
The Jury of the Official Short Film Section composed of Jaume Barrull (President), Divina Melé and Marta Serra Barrera, has decided to award the following prizes:
Best Short Film Award: “El hombre eléctrico” (Chile)
Special Mention: “Time Code” (Spain).
In Barcelona, more specifically in the neighborhood of Gracia, at the end of April -from the 21st to the 28th- the first edition of the BCN film fest / Sant Jordi took place, organized and developed by the Verdi Cinemas, a first contact that had a lot of previews -films that will be arriving at the screens of the cinemas in a short period of time, perfectly subtitled- and distributed in several attractive sections: official, full with films with some relation with literature, history and art, Cinema amb Gràcia, attentive to the role of good humor, Zona oberta, Exhibition on Screen and Imprescindibles, a look at classic cinema and the masterful My Journey Through French Cinema / Voyage à travers le cinema français, by Bertrand Taviernier, who presented it personally. Films in competition as the sparsely stimulating biopic Churchill, by Jonathan Teplitzky, who was also present, Dancer, an excellent documentary by Steven Cantor, The Zookeeper’s Wife by Nick Caro, co-production based on real facts about Nazi abuses in the zoo of Warsaw, Afterimage, posthumous and passionate work of the Polish Andrzej Wajda, From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres), by Nicole Garcia, that I met in Cannes, Marie Curie by Marie Noëlle, that I could not see despite the love I profess for this filmmaker, Maudie, by Aisling Walsh, discreet approach to the universe of a painter submitted by arthritis, Nagasaki, memories of my son, by Yoji Yamada, reflection on the bombings of 1945, Their Finest, by Lone Schering, acceptable game about the film script, Tanna, by Martin Butler and Bentley Dean, that I could not see, and Un sac de billes, by Christian Duguay, acceptable remake of a film of the seventies directed by Jacques Doillon. Out of competition, the correct The chess player (El jugador de ajedrez), by Luis Oliveros, and in the parallel sections, the funny I Married a Dumbass (Me casé con un boludo), by Juan Taratuto, Quo vado?, by Gennaro Nunziante, co-written and starring by the great Checco Zalone (also present) and Todo sobre el asado, by Mariano Cohen and Gastón Duprat, who presented their film, an incredible foray into one of Argentina’s great myths, and the acceptable and well-interpreted Plan de fuga by Iñaki Dorronsoro. Openned the Festival Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, by Joseph Cedar, who had the presence of Richard Gere, his protagonist, and closed Patriots Day, by Peter Berg. We look forward to the second edition…
Jury Prize for Best Film FROM THE LAND OF THE MOON (“Mal de pierres”) by Nicole Garcia.
ACCEC Critics Award for Best Film DANCER by Steven Cantor.
Audience Award for Best Comedy of the Cinema amb Gràcia section CASI LEYENDAS by Gabriel Nesci.
EDUCACINE Award UN SAC DE BILLES by Christian Duguay.
OFFICIAL SECTION OF THE BCN FILM FEST OFFICIAL SECTION
PRIZE FROM THE JURY TO BEST FILM
The jury of the Official Section, composed by the filmmaker Claudia Llosa, the television producer, journalist and passionate about history Toni Soler and the writer of historical novel Chufo Lloréns have decided to reward the film:
FROM THE LAND OF THE MOON (“Mal de pierres”), by Nicole Garcia.
Jury’s resolution: “The jury unanimously decided to give the Best Film Award to this proposal by the director Nicole Garcia, who stands out for her narrative audacity and for the masterful performance of Marion Cotillard in a movie that takes you from the beginning without the viewer can imagine the outcome. “
ACCEC CRITICAL AWARD FOR BEST FILM
The jury of the Associació Catalana de Crítics i Escriptors Cinematogràfics (ACCEC) composed by Alfons Gorina (Catalunya Ràdio), Mònica Jordan (Videodromo) and F. Javier Gutiérrez (Cine de patio) have decided to reward the film:
DANCER by Steven Cantor.
Jury Resolution ACCEC: “For how does it reflect on the concept of success in our society. For how music seeps into images through its rhythmic montage. And by how it reflects the strength, the struggle and the talent of the dancer Sergei Polunin and his inner fire”.
Traducido por: Eduardo Llorente.