Macias wins director for 'Plans'

MALAGA — Ecuadorian Sebastian Cordero’s “Rabia,” a socially-driven suspenser about a construction worker trapped in a mansion, won best film at the 13th Malaga Spanish Film Festival, which wrapped Saturday.

Guillermo del Toro-produced, pic is a Spain-Colombia-Mexico co-production.

Awards met with little complaint. The general feeling was that the quality of Competish pics was up on previous years, despite fest being a day shorter and a having more restricted pool on which to draw.

For the second consecutive year, the director’s nod went to a woman first-timer — Juana Macias for “Plans for Tomorrow,” an emotionally intense, single-day criss-crosser about four women faced with a life-changing decision.

Other gongs were spread across a range of films. Best actor went to Unax Ugalde as a trainee chef who stirs up romantic trouble in David Pinillos’ comedy debut “Stories for Friends Who Kiss,” which also took screenplay. Best actress, in a year thick with fine female perfs, went to vet Marisa Paredes in “The God of Wood,” as a highly-strung aging divorcee who falls for an illegal immigrant.

Best supporting actor went to edgy thesp Alex Brendemuhl as a ne’er-do-well son in “Rabia,” while newcomer Aura Garrido took supporting actress in “Plans for Tomorrow,” playing an adolescent suddenly forced to grow up. Both pics also nabbed several lesser awards.

Fest’s Zonazine section, displaying edgier fare, was won by Jo Sol’s “Fake Orgasm,” an intellectually provocative docu exploring differing attitudes to sexuality.

Despite fest’s reduced length, public attendance at the fest screenings, particularly in the documentary section, rose in 2010.

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