"Baby" and "Armugán" win ex aequo the Nantes Spanish Film Festival

Paris, Apr 4 (EFE) .- "Baby", by Juanma Bajo Ulloa, and "Armugán", by Jo Sol, won this Sunday the Jules Verne award for the best film at the Spanish Film Festival in the French city of Nantes, Due to the pandemic, it was decided to be held this year in two phases, one digital and the other starting in May in movie theaters.

The jury, chaired by the Spanish screenwriter Alicia Luna, indicated in a statement that it could not decide on one of those two films in particular.

"Two films of very different genres, but with similar qualities: radical primacy of image over dialogue, a magnificent photography that made everyone regret not being able to discover these films on the big screen, the vibrant and infinitely moving presence of nature and especially the animal world, "he said.

"Baby" also won the award from the Young Jury, made up of five moviegoers between 18 and 30 years old, who pointed out that the director made them discover "an evil and captivating universe" that left them tense throughout the viewing.

The distinction for the best debut feature went to "Las chicas", by Pilar Palomero, which was considered to be "very subtle in its description of female pre-adolescence, so rare in film", with an "extraordinary" performance. of the entire cast.

The Audience Award went to "Uno para todos", by David Ilundain, and the award for the best documentary for "Rol & Rol", by Chus Gutiérrez, considered "essential on the place of women, a topic that continues to be topical since too long ago. "

On the other hand, "Lo ephemeral", by Jorge Muriel, was distinguished as the best short film by both the jury and the public, while "Seventeen", by Daniel Sánchez Arévalo, won the award from the school jury.

The festival opened its thirtieth edition on March 25 and offered the 29 selected films through the Festival Scope digital platform.

If the health situation allows it, its second phase will last in May and June, with three weekends of screenings and meetings in which the assistance of Fernando Trueba or Montxo Armendáriz, among others, is scheduled, and in which the his muse this year, actress Marisa Paredes.


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