'Elite Squad 2' scoops critics award
Norwegian Marius Holst’s “King of Devil’s Island” took top honors at the 32nd Valencia Mostra Action and Adventure Film Festival, receiving audience prize the Golden Palm.Produced by 4½ Film, “Devil’s Island” retells the true story of a 1915 uprising in a brutally repressive reform school. “Devil’s” top plaudit followed an upbeat screening at Valencia, with spectators staying put to take note of the largely unknown cast as end credits rolled. France’s Les Films du Losange handles international sales. Brazilian corruption thriller “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within,” Jose Padilha’s follow-up to his 2007 “Elite Squad,” took the Official Section critics’ award. “Enemy” is Brazil’s biggest-ever domestic hit. France’s best-performing title of 2010, “Little White Lies,” wooed Spanish auds, taking top prize for picture in the Mediterranean Panorama section. Guillaume Canet’s relationship drama stars Francois Cluzet and Marion Cotillard. Another French title, Alix Delaporte’s feature debut, romantic drama “Angele and Tony,” won the Panorama critics’ award. Pyramide Intl. is selling. Other Valencia hits included Bollywood actioner “Dabangg” and the New Zealand-set manhunt thriller “Tracker,” whose screening was attended by director Ian Sharp. Renny Harlin received a career retrospective at Thursday’s closing ceremony, where his new film, “5 Days of August,” unspooled. “Valencia Mostra continues in the right direction, with more press coverage and audience turnout than ever before,” fest director Salomon Castiel said near its close. The 32nd Mostra saw a 41% hike in accredited press attendance and a 32% boost in audience figures vs. the October event.