MADRID — French thriller “La Traque” (The Hunt), about the pursuit of former Gestapo officer Klaus Barbie, topped the 6th ZoomIgualada European TV Movies Festival, which wrapped Sunday.
A rare showcase for TV movies, ZoomIgualada served as a timely reminder of the high seriousness and artistic ambition of many top-notch European TV movies, at a time when Spanish broadcasters TVE and Antena 3 TV both look set to hike TV movie production.
Both Laurent Jaoui’s “La Traque” and “12 heisst: ich liebe dich,” about a mutual attraction between a Stasi officer and a women he interrogates, which won best screenplay, turn on true and traumatic events in Europe’s not-so-distant past.
“Orphanage” screenwriter Sergio Sanchez won best director for his feature-length directorial debut, “Las Manos del pianista,” an adventurously helmed Barcelona murder thriller, unstripping the greed behind Catalonia’s recent property boom.
Rolando Colla’s Swiss family comedy “Marameo” proved equally popular. TV movie portrays a father’s return to his youthful ways in order to better his relationship with his daughter.
Also in competition, tragicomedy “Las Galas del difunto,” helmed by Jose Luis Garcia Sanchez, took a special mention. “Galas” forms part of a three-episode miniseries entitled “Martes de carnaval,” scripted by the late Spanish writer Rafael Azcona, arguably the most influential film-maker in modern Spanish cinema.
ZoomIgualada ran Nov.5-9.
Emilio Mayorga contributed to this article.
And the winners are…
“La Traque” (The Hunt) (Laurent Jaoui, France)
Sergio Sanchez, (“Las Manos del pianista,” Spain)
Scarlett Kleint, (12 heisst: ich liebe dich, Germany)
“Las Galas del difunto,” (Jose Luis Garcia Sanchez, Spain)
YOUTH JURY PRIZE
“Marameo,” (Rolando Colla, Switzerland)
“Comida para gatos,” (Carles Pastor, Spain)
CRITICS’ JURY PRIZE, BEST SPANISH TV MOVIE
“Las Manos del pianista”