Spain's biggest event dedicated to local movies

MADRID — Pablo Berger’s feature debut “Torremolinos 73″ swept the board at the 6th Malaga Spanish Film Festival on Saturday, scooping film, director, actor (Javier Camara) and actress (Candela Pena).

A kind of Spanish “Boogie Nights” set in the unglamorous last year’s of Franco’s dictatorship, “Torremolinos 73″ was produced by Denmark’s Nimbus Film and Spain’s Telespan 2000 and BVI. It grossed an upbeat first weekend 217, 923 euros ($239,715) off 77 screens, May 2-4.

Produced by Zebra Producciones, Juan Martinez Moreno’s fast-moving kidnap romp “Dos tipos duros” (Two Tough Guys) took the audience award, and Pedro Olea’s moody couples-in-crisis drama “Tiempo de tormenta” (Stormy Weather) the special jury prize.

Fest ran parallel to the 3rd Mercadoc European and Latin-American Documentary Market (April 24-26) and the 4th Malaga Market Screenings (May 1-3), which allow foreign buyers to catch up with competition films at Malaga and a raft of recent releases and upcoming pics.

Further standouts at the fest and Screenings’ highly eclectic line-ups this year included Laura Mana’s claustrophobic psychodrama “Palabras encadenadas” (Killing Words), erstwhile thriller helmer Enrique Urbique’s buddy-brother drama “La vida mancha” (Life Marks), and vet Antonio Gimenez-Rico’s noir homage “Hotel Danubio.”

The nine-day fest, Spain’s biggest event dedicated to local movies, wrapped with a screening of Antoni Cuadri’s “Eres mi heroe” (You’re My Hero).

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