Drama wins the Golden Palm Tree

BARCELONA —  “Harragas,” an immigration drama helmed by Algeria’s Merzak Allouache, won the Golden Palm Tree and E40,000 ($60,000) at the 30th Valencia Mostra, which wrapped Saturday.

Migration or displacement dramas took all the main awards at the nine-day fest.

The Silver Palm Tree and a $30,000 cash prize  went to Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani’s “Ajami.”

The German-Israeli production intertwines three human dramas: a Palestinian from the Occupied Territories working illegally in Jaffa; a wealthy Palestinian pursuing a love dream; and a Jewish cop obsessed with finding his missing brother. Copti and Shani also scooped the director trophy.

Valencia’s special jury award went to Costa-Gavras’ “Eden Is West,” a contempo and sometimes comedic fable about an illegal immigrant dodging Italian and French authorities on his way to Paris.

Igaal Niddam’s “Brothers,” a tale about two estranged siblings who meet up in Israel, won Valencia’s audience award.

Helmed by first-timer Freddy Mas Franqueza, “Awakening From a Dream,” an intimate drama about an Alzheimer’s patient, scooped best Valencian feature and $30,000. “Dream” is produced by Terra a la Vista with Poland’s Follow Me Film Prod.

Sicilian helmer Giuseppe Tornatore, whose epic “Baaria” reps Italy in the foreign-language Oscar race, was honored with a career achievement Palm and a retro.

Salomon Castiel, in his first year as fest director, said he intended to shift the event from Spain’s crowded fall fest season to February in 2011.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0