'Silver Forest' receives special mention
BARCELONA — “Siberia, Monamour,” helmed by Slava Ross, took the top Golden Moon and a Euros30,000 ($43,200) cash prize at the 26th Cinema Jove Intl. Film Festival, which wrapped Friday.The cash prize goes toward pic’s distribution in Spain. Produced by Moscow-based Tundra Films, “Siberia” is the sophomore feature of Slava Ross (“Fat Stupid Rabbit”). Set in post-communist era, it turns on people’s fight for survival in the Siberian taiga hamlet of Monamour, where living conditions have hardly changed in centuries. Ross’ movie played to SRO auds. EuropaCorp released “Siberia” in France. It was developed at the Cannes Festival Cinefondation-Residence program. Valencia event which, although modestly budgeted, deserves more industry interest, showcases lesser-known movies from young directors. Fest’s Jan Harlan-lead jury granted a special mention to Swiss Christine Repond’s coming-of-age tale “Silver Forest.” Other pics that played well at Valencia included Jan Schomburg’s “Above Us Only Sky” and Katell Quillevere’s “Love Like Poison.” Jove paid a singular tribute to Spanish comedy master Luis Berlanga (“Placido,” “National Shotgun”), who died Nov. 13. The fest gathered four filmmakers whom Berlanga considered his true disciples: Santiago Segura (“Torrente 4: Lethal Crisis”), Oscar Aibar (“Flying Saucers”), Miguel Albadalejo (“Bear Cub”) and Alex de la Iglesia (“The Last Circus”). Spanish actor Carlos Areces (Circus,” “Spanish Movie”) picked up a Future of Cinema prize, following in the footsteps of helmer-actress Iciar Bollain and Miguel Angel Silvestre. Stanley Kubrick producer and brother-in-law Jan Harlan received a tribute at Jove fest. Other retros were for Czech Michaela Pavlatova (“Night Owls”) and Spaniard Chus Gutierrez (“Return to Hansala”). Jove ran June 17-24.