Huesca honors ‘Topeka’ with Oro

'J'Attendrai,' '(A)Torzija' also take prizes at fest

MADRID — Spaniard Asier Altuna’s “Topeka,” a comic put-down of violence in the Basque Country, won the top Danzante de Oro award in the international short-film competition at the 31st Huesca Film Festival.

The Danzante de Oro for Ibero-American short went to Mexican Michel Franco’s “Entre Dos,” about parents trying to raise the money for a liver transplant for their son.

Following a young man looking for love, France’s “J’Attendrai le suivant” from Philippe Orreindy, took the special jury prize, while Slovenian Stefan Arsenijevic’s Sarajevo-set “(A)Torzija” scooped both a Danzante de Plata and the critics’ jury prize.

The fest, which ran June 5 to 14, takes place in one of the liveliest provincial cities in Spain, nestling on the southern lap of the Pyrenees. Highlights included tributes to Ukranian-born Jerzy Kawalerowicz (“Quo Vadis”) and Serbian low-budget short film-maker Zelimir Zilnik (“Fortress Europe”).

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