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Valladolid pic fest wraps

VALLADOLID, Spain — Using nine screens in five locations in this bustling provincial university city about 100 miles from Madrid, the 38th edition of the Valladolid Film Festival packed in local audiences throughout the nine days it unspooled. It wrapped Oct. 30.

Fare offered by fest topper Fernando Lara ranged from an official section to sidebars on Italo cameraman Pasqualino de Santis, Aardman animation pics, one dedicated to film versions of Spanish novelist Miguel Delibes and a tribute to Canadian cinema.

Due to fest dates coinciding with Mifed, Spanish distribs were mostly absent. Some grumblings were heard from the scant foreign press, who were barred from evening screenings including fest opening and closing nights, and had to fight to get even into sidebar films.

Most of fest’s competing films were well received, among them fest’s opener, Chinese pic “Goodbye My Concubine,” and closer, “Dave.”

Prize winners at at the Valladolid film fest were:

Golden Spike: “La Estrategia del Caracol” (The Snail’s Stratagem), Sergio Cabrera (Colombia)

Silver Spike: “The Snapper,” Stephen Frears (U.K.)

Best new director: Steven Zaillian, “Searching for Bobby Fischer” (U.S.)

Best actress: Tina Kellegher, “The Snapper”

Best actor: Gian Maria Volonte, “Tirano Banderas” (Banderas, the Tyrant) directed by Jose Luis Garcia Sanchez (Spain).

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