Spanish drama also takes prize for best actor
Max Lemcke’s “Five Square Meters,” a socially engaged drama about theeffects of corruption in the Spanish construction industry, won the best film prize at the 14th Malaga Spanish Film Festival, which wrapped Saturday. Thesp Fernando Tejero, playing the lead in his first stab at a non-comedy role, took best actor for the same film as a housebuyer fighting for his rights. Awards met with little complaint. But the general feeling around Competish pics was that quality was down on previous years, with section featuring a high number of debut and sophomore helmers and few major players. Regionalism set the tone, with the official section featuring films in not only Spanish, but also Basque, Catalan and Galician. The director’s nod went to Tom Fernandez for “What’s a Bear For?” an amiable eco-comedy about two brothers waiting for wild bears to reappear in the woods. In perhaps the biggest awards surprise, several gongs fell to Alberto Gorritiberea’s Basque film “Arriya “, about three youngsters from that region struggling against the weight of local tradition. Pic took best actress (Begona Maestre), best first feature, and three tech awards. Best supporting actor went to Jorge Bosch for “Meters”, playing Tejero’s justice-seeking sidekick, while Geraldine Chaplin, as the woman who raised the protag siblings in “Bear”, took best supporting actress. (Chaplin’s daughter Oona also appears in the film.) Fest’s Zonazine section, displaying edgier items, was won by Martin Sastre’s campy, entertaining parable about a Uruguayan girl dreaming of fame in a regional Catholic town. Pic generated controversy on its Uruguayan release for its depiction of a kissing Jesus. Best documentary went to Aaron Schock’s “Circus”, about the day-to-day life of a Mexican roadshow. Fest ran from 26 March to 2 April. Complete list of winners at the 14th Malaga Spanish Film Festival: GOLDEN BIZNAGA “Five Square Meters” (Max Lemcke) SPECIAL JURY PRIZE “Catalunya Uber Alles” (Ramon Termens) CRITICS AWARD “Five Square Meters” (Max Lemcke) DIRECTOR Tom Fernandez (“What’s a Bear For?”) ACTRESS Begona Maestre (“Arriya”) ACTOR Fernando Tejero (“Five Square Meters”) SUPPORTING ACTRESS Geraldine Chaplin (“What’s a Bear For?”) SUPPORTING ACTOR Jorge Bosch (“Five Square Meters”) ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Enrique Otero, Miguel de Lira (“Crebinsky”) AUDIENCE AWARD “Amigos” (Borja Manso, Marcos Cabota) ORIGINAL SCORE Bingen Mendizabal (“Arriya”) CINEMATOGRAPHY Gaizka Bourgeuad (“Arriya”) EDITING Ángel Hernández Zoido (“What’s a Bear For?”) COSTUME DESIGN Saioa Lara (“Arriya”) ASECAN FIRST FEATURE PRIZE “Arriya” SHORT “Picnic” (Gerardo Herrero) DOCUMENTARY FEATURE “Circus” (Aaron Schock) DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL JURY PRIZE “The Marriage” (Aldo Garay) LATIN TERRITORY “Boleto Al Paraíso” ( Gerardo Chijona) ZONAZINE “Miss Tacuarembo” (Martin Sastre)
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