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Jury awards unanimous Golden Spike

VALLADOLID, Spain — The 49th Valladolid Intl. Film Festival ended Saturday with a unanimous jury handing Kim Ki-duk’s “Bin-Jip” (3 Iron) the Golden Spike award for feature.

Pic tells the tale of a homeless squatter and an unhappy ex-model who meet and join fates.

Spain seems to be taken with the South Korean director. Ki-duk won the Lady Harimaguada award for his previous film, “Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter … Spring” at the Las Palmas Film Festival in the spring.

Italian Saverio Costanzo’s “Private,” the story of a middle-class Palestinian family whose home becomes a prison when it is occupied by Israeli soldiers, won the Silver Spike.

The lone Spanish entry, “Maria querida” (My Dear Maria), was enthusiastically received by the hometown crowd. Star Pilar Bardem took home actress honors for her portrayal of exiled writer-teacher Maria Zambrano.

Argentinian Ricardo Darin won the actor prize for another local favorite, Argentinian-Spanish co-production “La luna de Avellaneda” (Avellaneda’s Moon), directed by Juan Jose Campanella.

The Pilar Miro prize for new director went to Argentinian Leonardo Di Cesare for “Good Life Delivery,” about a courier’s struggle to keep his job, win his love and get rid of his visiting family that shows no signs of leaving.

Intl. Critics Film Prize the Fipresci Award went to Wong Kar Wai’s “2046.” The film also was honored for cinematography (Christopher Doyle, Lai Yiu-Fai and Kwan Pun Leung).

Ken Loach’s “Ae Fond Kiss” nudged out “3 Iron” for the audience prize.

Standouts at the fest included a panorama of Swiss films, past and contempo; the work of Israeli director Amos Gitai; and a look at Chinese cinema in the 21st century.

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