'Carmina' and 'Miel' also scoop kudos

MALAGA, Spain — Patricia Ferreira’s “The Wild Children,” a socially committed, Catalan-language drama about the disastrous effects of a bad education, won the best film prize at the 15th Malaga Spanish Film Festival, which wrapped Saturday.

Pic also took best screenplay, which Ferreira shared with Virginia Yague, best supporting actress for Aina Clotet, and best supporting actor, which “Children’s” Alex Monner won along with Alvaro Cervantes for “The Sex of the Angels,” another youth-oriented item about love lived at the limits.

The general feeling was that this year Malaga consolidated its position as Spain’s prime showcase for home-grown cinema and that competish quality was up on a poor 2011 crop.

But this could be just the false cheerfulness generated by the backdrop of a Spanish film industry in crisis as a result of current uncertainty sparked by a 36% cut in film subsidies announced April 3 by the Popular Party’s new government.

The uncertainty had brought film production in Spain to a virtual standstill through early 2012, though a select number of higher-bracket titles are now being put into production.

The director’s nod went to vet Imanol Uribe, recovering form with “Orange Honey”, a post-Civil War drama about a young soldier who rebels dangerously against his Francoist commanders.

“Honey” also took the best new scripter’s nod, for Remedios Crespo. Best actor went to Antonio Dechent for his desolate, searching perf as a Spanish Willy Loman in Xavi Puebla’s failed salesman drama “Cold Call”, while best actress, in a popular choice, was Carmina Barrios in debut helmer Paco Leon’s “Carmina”, a hilarious faux documentary about helmer’s real-life mother Barrios, herself debuting as an actress.

Fest’s Zonazine section, displaying edgier items, was not uncontroversially won by Chiqui Carabante’s “12 + 1, A Metaphysical Comedy,” a love it/hate it curiosity item about a gang of religious figures roaming the desert in search of meaning.

Pic’s Latin American section, Latin American Territory, was taken by Colbert Garcia’s Bogota-set, politically-charged love story “Silence in Heaven.”

Complete list of winners:

GOLDEN BIZNAGA

“The Wild Children” (Patricia Ferreira)

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

“Carmina” (Paco Leon)

CRITICS AWARD

“Cold Call” (Xavi Puebla)

DIRECTOR

Imanol Uribe (“Orange Honey”)

ACTRESS

Carmina Barrios (“Carmina”)

ACTOR

Antonio Dechent (“Cold Call”)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Aina Clotet (“The Wild Children”)

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Alex Monner(“The Wild Children”,) Alvaro Cervantes, (“The Sex of the Angels”)

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Patricia Ferreira y Virginia Yague (“The Wild Children”)

AUDIENCE AWARD

“Carmina” (Paco Leon)

ORIGINAL SCORE

Aziza Brahim (“Wilaya”)

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Sergi Gallardo (“The Sex of the Angels”)

EDITING

Koldo Idigoras (“The Pelayos”)

BEST NEW SCREENWRITER

Remedios Crespo (“Orange Honey”)

CRITIC’S PRIZE

“Cold Call” (Xavi Puebla)

AUDIENCE AWARD

“Carmina” (Paco León)

YOUNG JURY RIZE

“Memories of my Melancholy Whores” (Henning Carlsen)

BEST DOCUMENTARY

“Yatasto” (Hermes Paralluelo)

LATIN AMERICAN TERRITORY

“Silence in Paradise” Colbert Garcia

ZONAZINE

“12 + 1, A Metaphysical Comedy” (Chiqui Carabante)

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