FROM LA MOSTRA DE LLEIDA TO A NEW CINEMA FESTIVAL IN BARCELONA: BCN FILM FEST (2017)
By Antonio Llorens.
The 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, of Federico Borgia and Guillermo Madeiro-, an actor whom we knew by Mr. Kaplan, of Álvaro Brechner Despite the brutal budgetary cuts, the Mostra honored Emilio Gutiérrez Caba, Francesc Betriu, Jordi Cadena and awarded the journalistic award Fernández Santo to Javier Tolentino.We saw Judith Colell, the president of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, Yvonne Blake, the composer Oswaldo Montes (tribute to the late Eliseo Subiela) and the artistic director Josep Rossell, while the jury was composed of Manuel Pérez Estremera, Héctor Zamplagione and Jorge Meyer.
The films selected were the Chilean Nothing here has happened, by Alejandro Fernández Almendras, the aforementioned Clever, the inaugural 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 Tomorrow at this time, Lina Rodriguez, Cuban Santa and Andres, Carlos Lechuga, Bolivian Old skull, Kiro Russo, and Colombian woman’s animal, Víctor Gaviria, film that swept the palmares The projections had an acceptable public participation – they were unique passes – and the balance, despite all the limitations, was absolutely positive. Close the fun My husband is a boludo, 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: “The woman of the animal” (Colombia)
1.- “The woman of the 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: “The monster on the stone” (France)
1.- “The offended” (El Salvador-Mexico)
2.- “The monster on the stone” (France)
3.- “The wind knows I’m coming home” (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 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, populated 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 Essentials, a look at classic cinema and the masterful films of my life / 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, Nick Caro’s House of Hope, co-production based on real facts about Nazi abuse in the zoo of Warsaw, The last years of the artist, posthumous and passionate work of the Polish Andrzej Wajda, Mal de pierres, by Nicole Garcia, that I met in Cannes, Marie Curie, by Marie Noëlle, that I could not see despite the faith 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, His best story, by Lone Schering, acceptable game about the film script, Tanna, by Martin Butler and Bentley Dean, that I could not see, and A Bag of Marbles, by Christian Duguay, acceptable remake of a film of the seventies directed by Jacques Doillon. Out of competition, the right The chess player, Luis Oliveros, and in the parallel sections, the funny I got married with a boludo, by Juan Taratuto, An Italian in Norway, by Gennaro Nunziante, co-written and starring in the tremendous 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 Iñaki Dorronsoro’s acceptable and well-interpreted Plan de fuga. Inaugurated Norman, the man who got everything, Joseph Cedar, who had the presence of Richard Gere, his protagonist, and closed Patriots Day, Peter Berg. We look forward to the second edition…
Jury Prize for Best Film EL SUEÑO DE GABRIELLE (“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 LEGENDS by Gabriel Nesci.
EDUCACINE A CANCAS BOLSA Award (“Un sac de billes”) by Christian Duguay.
OFFICIAL SECTION OF THE BCN FILM FEST OFFICIAL SECTION
PRIZE FROM THE JURY TO THE BEST MOVIE
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:
THE DREAM OF GABRIELLE (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 catches you from the beginning without the viewer can imagine the outcome. “
ACCEC CRITICAL AWARD FOR THE BEST MOVIE
The jury of the Associació Catalana de Crítics i Escriptors Cinematogràfics (ACCEC) composed by Alfons Gorina (Catalunya Ràdio), Mònica Jordan (The Videodromo) and F. Javier Gutiérrez (Patio Cinema) 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”.