Falcon flies off with Ibiza awards

Film's Molina, Minguez share actress prize

BARCELONA — Spain’s “La Caja,” helmed by first-time filmmaker Juan Carlos Falcon took, appropriately enough, the best pic Golden Falcon at the first Ibiza & Formentera Intl. Film Festival.

Set in a 1960s coastal village in the Canary Islands, the black comedy centers on the wake for Don Lucio, a hated villager. “Caja” is toplined by Spain’s Angela Molina and Elvira Minguez. They shared the actress prize.

Actor went to Toby Jones for his role in Douglas McGrath’s “Infamous.”

Beyond “La Caja,” the other big winner at Ibiza was Steve Barron’s “The Choking Man,” which nabbed a flock of Golden Falcons: direction, new actor (Octavio Gomez), new actress (Eugenia Yuan), soundtrack and special jury prize.

Pop videomeister Barron’s “Man” turns on the ups-and-downs in the life of an Ecuadorian dishwasher, set in New York.

The Finnish-Chinese-Dutch-Estonian co-production “Jadewarrior,” helmed by debutant director Antti-Jussi Annila took cinematography, art direction and first-time director. John Irvin’s “The Moon and the Stars” won supporting actor (Alfred Molina) and screenplay (Peter Barnes and Fabio Carpi).

The Ibiza fest ran May 29 – June 7.

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