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‘Ficcio’ wins Golden Astor

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Spaniard Cesc Gay’s “Ficcio” (Fiction) scooped the Golden Astor at the 22nd Mar del Plata Intl. Film Festival, which wrapped Sunday.

 The Pyrenees-set story of a filmmaker facing a creative crisis also snared the top nod from Signis, the Catholic communications association, for film in the international competition at Latin America’s only FIAPF-class “A” event.

 The jury’s special prize went to the French-Italian-Russian co-production “Jardins in automne” (Gardens in Autumn) by Georgian Otar Iosseliani, while a mention went to Brazilian Carlos Diegues’ “O maior amor do mundo” (The Greatest Love of All).

 South Korea’s Hong Sangsoo split the director award for “Woman on the Beach” with Italy’s Marina Spada for “Come l’ombra” (As the Shadow).

 Carlos Resta picked up a Silver Astor for his role in Argentine Gustavo Postiglione’s “La Peli” (A Wrecked Filmmaker), about a filmmaker’s breakdown. Sandra Huller went home with the actress award for her perf in German Maria Speth’s “Madonnas.”

 The public’s nod went to Argentine Hernan Gaffet’s tango-tinged dramedy “Ciudad en celo” (City in Heat).

 A major buzz at the festival was a new competish for Latin American movies from freshman and sophomore helmers, as well as the strong and varied lineup of 350 films.

“This year marked the artistic recuperation of the festival’s programming,” five-year fest director Miguel Pereira told Daily Variety. Among other things, organizers did away with a market to give emphasis to content.

“The response was in the numbers,” said Pereira, who quit with this edition to focus on helming and a possible entry into politics. “People are coming more because they like the films.”

Attendance surged by nearly 50% to more than 200,000 admissions over 11 days vs. 140,000 in 2006.

Argentine Nicolas Prividera’s “M,” a docu about the director’s investigation into the disappearance of his mother during Argentina’s 1976-82 military dictatorship, nabbed the Ernesto “Che” Guevara for film, a prize of the equivalent of $50,000, with helmer and producer splitting $20,000 and the rest going to help cover costs of a release in Argentina. It also won top nod for Latin American film from Fipresci, the international film critics association.

The section’s jury made mentions to Brazilian Karim Ainouz’s single mother drama “O ceu de Suely” (Suely in the Sky) and Paraguayan Ramiro Gomez’s “Tierra roja” (Red Land), a docu about four families in his country’s heartland.

 And the winners are:

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

Film
“Fiction,” Cesc Gay (Spain)

Director
Hong Sang-soo, “Woman on the Beach” (South Korea)
Marina Spada, “As the Shadow” (Italy)

Actor
Carlos Resta, “A Wrecked Filmmaker” (Argentina)

Actress

Sandra Huller, “Madonnas” (Germany)

Screenplay
“The Man from the Embassy,” Zaza Rusadze and Dito Tsintsadze (Germany)

Jury’s Special Prize
“Jardins in automne” (Gardens in Autumn), Otar Iosseliani (France, Italy, Russia)

Jury Mention
“O maior amor do mundo” (The Greatest Love of All), Carlos Diegues (Brazil)

LATIN AMERICAN COMPETITION

Film
“M,” Nicolas Prividera (Argentina)

Jury Mention
“Suely in the Sky,” Karim Ainouz (Brazil)
“Red Land,” Ramiro Gomez (Paraguay)

OTHER AWARDS

Audience Award
“City in Heat,” Hernan Gaffet (Argentina)

Fipresci (Intl. critic’s assn.) Award:

Latin American Film, 2007:
“M,” Nicolas Prividera (Argentina)

Latin American Film, 2006:
“Suely in the Sky,” Karim Ainouz (Brazil)

Signis Award:

International Competition Film:
“Fiction,” Cesc Gay (Spain)

Short:
“Treinta anos” (Thirty Years), Nicolas Lasnibat (Chile)

Mention:
“4 de Julio” (4th of July), Juan Pablo Young and Pablo Hernan Zubizarreta (Argentina)

Argentine Assn. of Film Journalists (ACCA) Award:

International Competition Film:
“The Man from the Embassy,” Dito Tsintsadze (Germany)

Argentina Short:
“Puertas adentro” (Indoors), Martin Carranza

Foreign Short:
“Wigald,” Timon Modersohn (Germany)

SICA (Argentine Cinema Union) Award:

Latin American Docu:
“Red Land,” Ramiro Gomez (Paraguay)

Latin American Film:
“Regresados” (D-Graduated), Flavio Nardini and Cristian Bernard (Argentina)

Argentine Actors Association Award:

Actress:
Corina Romero, “Dora, la jugadora” (Dora, the Gambler) (Argentina)

Actor:
Pablo Ragani, “Dumbo 4” (Argentina)

La Mirada Interior/The Inner Look Award for Argentine shorts:

Short:
“Peoncito” (Little Pawn), Fermin Valeros

First Mention:
“El televidente” (The TV Viewer), Lucas Damino and Sebastian Menegas

Second Mention:
“Al sol en bici” (Going to the Sun), Grupo Humus

Interfilm Berlin Award:

Short:
“In Golf We Trust,” Pablo Mazzeo and Gustavo Kaplan (Argentina)

Mention:
“Amor a las 4 de la tarde” (Love at 4 PM), Sebastian Alfie (Argentina)

791 Award:
“It Happened Just Before,” Anja Salomonowitz (Austria)

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