‘Mall Girls’ lands top Moon prize

Roslaniec's feature debut wins at Jove fest

VALENCIA — Polish helmer Katarzyna Roslaniec’s debut “Mall Girls” took the top Valencia Moon award at the 25th Cinema Jove film fest, Spain’s main summer cinema event.

The Golden Valencian Moon comes with an Euros 30,000 ($37,100) cash prize for the pic’s distribution in Spain.

Produced by Wfdif and Oto Film Studio, both based out of Warsaw, “Mall” depicts a group of teen girls who offer sex for the “sponsorship” of gifts and other favors.

“A skirt, a boyfriend, both have exactly the same meaning for my movie’s girls,” said Roslaniec. “Girls”‘ Polish distribution is handled by Monolith Films; “Girls” doesn’t yet have a Spanish distribber.

“Rumbo a Peor,” the helming debut from Spanish thesp Alex Brendemuhl (“Rabia,” “Heroes”), received the top short film prize.

Warmly welcomed features by auds included Thomas Vinterberg’s “Submarino,” distribbed in Spain by Golem, and “Father’s Acre,” from Hungary’s Viktor Oszkar Nagy.

Many of the higher profile up-and-coming talent at Cinema Jove have new projects, in varying stages of production.

Argentina’s Sergio Masa, the producer of Miguel Baratta and Patricio Pomares’ “El fruto,” which world preemed at Cinema Jove, is developing “Grabar” an Argentina-France co-production to shot in Paris.

Honored in Valencia, Italian director Mateo Garrone (“First Love,” “Gomorrah”) told Daily Variety his most likely new film will be a modest comedy – which has nothing to do with the Mafia.

The subject of a Shooting Notes Jove sidebar, Daniel Monzon, director of Spain’s 2009 sleeper “Cell 211,” is working with Spanish screenwriter Jorge Guerricaechevarria (“Cell,” “The Kovac Box”) on a new feature, a black comedy, Guerricaechevarria told Variety.

Nagy is writing “Man at the End of the World,” (a working title), Nagy said at Valencia.

In Valencia to present his latest films, including “Berlin Calling,” German director Hannes Stoehr announced a project turning on “the ‘Germans of 48’ who arrived in the U.S. in the 19th century and fought against the slavery during the Civil War.”

The 25th Cinema Jove fest ran June 19-26.

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