VALENCIA — Estonia’s “Autumn Ball” took the Golden Moon at the 23rd Cinema Jove Intl. Film Fest, which wrapped Saturday.
The prize comes with Euros 18,000 ($28,000) in cash.
“Ball” adapts a Mati Unt novel, comprising four stories set in the post-Soviet era and laced with dark humor. Pic, helmed and written by first-timer Veiko Ounpuu, took the Horizons prize at Venice last year.
Cinema Jove gave a special jury mention to “I Am From Titov Veles,” from Macedonian director Teona Strugar, an eco-drama that focuses on three sisters living near a highly polluting lead factory.
Prize for short went to Gautier About’s “Fais comme chez-toi.”
Spanish thesp Barbara Goenaga, (“Timecrimes,” “A Bit of Chocolate”) received Cinema Jove’s Film Future Prize.
Films well-received in fest’s main competition included U.S. Ramin Bahrani’s “Chop Shop,” Delphine Kreuter’s “57,000 Kilometers Between Us,” and Philippe Aractingi’s “Under the Bombs.”
Cinema Jove opened with the world premiere of Pau Martinez’s “El Kaseron” (The Big House), a comic fable about squatters and a corrupt city council.
Pablo Llorens “Chokopulpitos,” Juan Pablo Etxeverry’s “The Biggest Flower in the World,” both toon shorts, and Felipe Garcia’s “The Fleece” were among most-watched works seen by buyers at Cinema Jove’s 15th Shorts International market.
Among early sales confirmed by the mart’s organizers, “Chez toi” was acquired by Canadian cable channel Movieola.
The star sidebar at this year’s edition was Can(nes)celled, a showcase of 13 movies selected to compete for Cannes Palme d’Or in 1968 but never screened there due to the festival edition’s cancellation.
Films screened in Valencia included Carlos Saura’s “Peppermint Frappe,” Miklos Jancso’s “The Red and the White,” Michael Sarne’s “Joanna,” Richard Lester’s “Petulia” and Alain Resnais’ “I Love You, I Love You.”
Fest attracted three of the films’ now vet helmers, Richard Lester (“Help!” “Robin and Marian”), actor-director Michael Sarne (“Joanna,” “The Punk and the Princess”) and Jiri Menzel (“I Served the King of England,” “Closely Watched Trains”), who swapped juicy, often mordant anecdotes about the May ‘68 event.
“I think that this edition is particularly appropriate,” said Cinema Jove Rafael Maluenda. “All the competition movies are, in a certain way, heirs to the rebellious spirit of ‘68 and its cineastes,” he added.