HUESCA, Spain — Mexican Carlos Salces’ short feature “In the Mirror of the Sky” took the top plaudit at the 26th Huesca Film Festival, which closed Saturday.
The tale of a young street kid who tries to trap the reflection of a plane in a box — a metaphor for filmmaking, says Salces — won the fest’s Gold Dancer, as well as two minor prizes and much applause.
The Silver and Bronze Dancers went, respectively, to Holland’s Gerrit Van Dijk for “I Move, So I Am” and Germany’s Maria von Heland for “Chainsmoker.”
Ranking with Alcala de Henares as Spain’s top short film festival, and placing a special emphasis on new talent, Huesca’s highlights this year also included lifetime achievement awards to Mexican actress Maria Rojo and vet Spanish helmers Manuel Gutierrez Aragon and Jose Luis Borau (“Poachers”).
Borau announced he will give up the presidency of the Spanish Academy later this year in order to direct a feature from a screenplay by tyro director Iciar Bollain (“Hi, Are You Alone?”).