MALAGA, Spain — David Planell’s “The Shame,” an intense drama about two parents’ attempts to return an adopted child, won best film prize at the 12th Malaga Spanish Film Festival, which wrapped Saturday.
There was little controversy about the awards. Laments turned more around what was seen as a generally poor crop of Competish pics.
The director’s nod went to 28-year-old Mar Coll for her quietly intense study of the hypocrisies of a bourgeois Catalan clan, “Three Days with the Family,” about a student returning home for the funeral of her father.
Thanks to her role in “Three Days,” first-timer Nausicaa Bonnin took best actress as the student, Lea, while Eduard Fernandez, who played in three Competition films, won best actor as Lea’s father.
Best supporting actor went to vet Sancho Gracia as a ruthless aged businessman in the otherwise undistinguished thriller “7.5 Steps.” Toni Acosta took supporting actress for playing a kooky housewife in the slight comedy “7 Minutes.”
Fest’s Zonazine section, displaying edgier fare, was won by “25 Carats,” a high-action thriller being touted as Spain’s best recent example of the genre. Argentine fare dominated fest’s Latin American sidebar, taking four from the five awards in a section that was won by Lucia Cedron’s family drama “Lamb of God.”
Much fest conversation turned on the increasingly symbiotic relationship between Spain’s film and TV industries, with several recent projects stuffed with tube stars.
Spanish broadcast finance is key on big Spanish projects. One was presented at Malaga: Antena 3 Films’ co-produced “Dreammaker,” a Euros13 million ($17.3 million) bio of Spanish Golden Age playwright Lope de Vega, helmed by Brazilian Andrucha Waddington.
The production arm of Spanish broadcaster Antena 3 TV, A3F is also a new film acquisition force in Spain for high-budget European films, having acquired all Spanish rights to Luc Besson’s toon pic “Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard” from Europacorp, A3F execs revealed at Malaga.
In his most active presence to date at home town’s film fest, Antonio Banderas revealed details at a press conference on his already-announced new Spanish project as a producer, first-timer Nestor F. Dennis’ actioner, “Broken Day.”
Banderas said his Malaga-based production shingle Green Moon Producciones has teamed with Costa del Sol film and TV studio Loasur to co-produce the $3.1 million pic. Loasur will give production services in return for a stake in “Day,” which rolls from October.
Sydney Borjas, new media division exec at Spanish rights management entity SGAE, unveiled advanced talks with 15 main U.S. online film players, including Apple TV, Amazon and Netflix, to commercialize 300 classic Ibero-American pics in the U.S., going out with English subtitles via a New York-based platform.
New service targets U.S. audiences beyond the Latino market, Borjas said. Move forms part of SGAE’s ambitious international online strategy. It would be ready to launch for next summer, he added.
On Friday, Pedro Perez, prexy of Spain’s powerful Fapae producers association, delivered a customary Malaga state of the industry address. Spanish feature film shoots tumbled this year through April 16 to 45, compared with 58 over the same period last year.
For years, producers have argued too many films are made in Spain. Now the number is down, and much of the industry’s worried.
Malaga fest ran April 17-25.
“The Shame” (David Planell)
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
“The Fish Child” (Lucia Puenzo)
“The Friend Zone” (Borja Cobeaga)
Mar Coll (“Three Days with the Family”)
Nausicaa Bonnin (“Three Days with the Family”)
Eduard Fernandez (“Three Days with the Family”)
Toni Acosta (“7 Minutes”)
Sancho Gracia (“7.5 Steps”)
David Planell (“The Shame”)
“Brain Drain” (Fernando Gonzalez Molina)
Joan Saura (“7.5 Steps”)
Rodrigo Pulpeiro (“The Fish Child”)
Antonio Belart (“The Frost”)
Astrid Lehmann and Michaela Oppl (“Black Flowers”)
ALMA FIRST SCREENPLAY PRIZE
Borja Cobeaga and Diego San Jose (“The Friend Zone”)
“Tu (A)mor” (Fernando Franco)
“El Circulo” (Jose Pedro Charlo and Aldo Garay)
DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
“Juan y Medio” (Constanze Witt and Birgit Vogt)
“Lamb of God” (Lucia Cedron)
“25 Carats” (Patxi Amezcua)