'Fifth Season' scoops special jury prize, Fipresci award

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Nabil Ayouch’s Arab drama “Horses of God” won the Golden Spike at Spain’s Valladolid Film Festival Saturday.

Sold by Wild Bunch, and one of the earliest co-productions at Pierre-Ange Le Pogam’s Stone Angels, “Horses” portrays the lives of the four young perpetrators of 2003’s Casablanca suicide bombings as they grow up in the city’s poverty-stricken Sidi Moumen township.

Stone Angels will release “Horses,” which world preemed in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard, January in France.

A Sony Pictures Classics U.S. pick-up, Jacques Audiard’s “Rust and Bone,” which topped the BFI London fest a week back, won director and actor for Belgium’s Matthias Shoenaerts.

Australian Cate Shortland took new director honors for “Lore,” set in WWII Germany. Music Box has U.S. rights.

“The Stoning of Saint Stephen,” Catalan Pere Vila’s excruciating portrait of dignity in old age, shared the Fipresci Intl. Federation of Film Critics plaudit with Belgian village parable, “The Fifth Season,” from Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth.

Margarethe von Trotta’s “Hannah Arendt” won a Silver Spike; Elle Fanning (“Ginger & Rosa”) and Greisy Mena (“The Short and Precocious Life of Sabina Rivas”) divvied up the actress kudo.

Fest ran. Oct. 19-26.

Complete list of Valladolid winners:

GOLDEN SPIKE

Horses of God,” (Nabil Ayouch, France-Morocco)

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

“The Fifth Season,” (Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth, Belgium-Netherlands-France)

SILVER SPIKE

“Hannah Arendt,” (Margarethe von Trotta, Germany-Luxembourg-France)

BEST DIRECTOR

Jacques Audiard (“Rust and Bone”)

ACTRESS

Elle Fanning (“Ginger & Rosa,” Sally Potter, U.K.-Denmark); Greisy Mena (“The Short and Precocious Life of Sabina Rivas,” Luis Mandoki, Mexico)

ACTOR

Matthias Schoenaerts (“Rust and Bone,” France-Belgium)

SCREENPLAY

“Rust and Bone”

PILAR MIRO BEST NEW DIRECTOR AWARD

Cate Shortland, (“Lore,” Germany-Australia-U.K.)

TIME OF HISTORY FIRST PRIZE

“Nosotros,” (Adolfo Dufour, Spain)

MEETING POINT JURY PRIZE

“La journee de la jupe,” (Jean-Paul Lilienfeld, France) and “Be Calm and Count to Seven” (Ramtin Lavafipour, Iran)

FIPRESCI

“The Stoning of Saint Stephen,” (Pere Vila, Spain-France); “The Fifth Season” (Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, Belgium),

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