MADRID — Three social dramas portraying disintegrating or dysfunctional families swept the top prizes at the 42nd Gijon Intl. Film Festival on Friday.
Set in a working-class suburb of Naples, Italian Vincenzo Marra’s “Vento di terra,” about a tragedy-plagued family, was named best film.
Argentinian Pablo Trapero’s “Familia rodante” (Rolling Family), turning on a bickering family crossing contempo Argentina in a mobile camper, won director and actress, for Graciana Chironi, who plays the family’s 84-year-old great-grandmother.
French helmer Sebastian Lifshitz’s “Wild Side” won the special jury prize. Hard-hitting pic turns on a menage a trois among a transsexual prostitute, a North African hustler and a Russian immigrant.
Mohammed Khouas took the actor prize for his perf in “Lila dit ca,” helmed by Lebanon-born Ziad Doueiri.
Central government upped coin for the prestigious Gijon fest by 48% to E40,000 ($53,700), a mark of recognition for an event regarded as Spain’s Sundance.
The nine-day fest also affords one port of entry into the still tough Spanish arthouse market. Execs from distribs such as Karma, Golem, Filmax, Alta, Sherlock and Fox attended to present or view pics.
Fest guests included Gregg Araki, Jonathan Caouette, Trapero, official jury president Monte Hellman and Lukas Moodysson, who was the subject of a tribute.