The film Genèse work signed by Philippe Lesage, has been awarded this Saturday with the Golden Spike for the Best Feature Film of the 63rd edition of the Valladolid International Film Week (Seminci). Also, this Canadian production has won the Ribera del Duero Award for best director and the Best Actor Award, Théodore Pellerin, who commissions the protagonist of the film.
The film addresses the sexual awakening of three adolescent characters and contains, like his previous film, autobiographical dyes, although the director has avoided framing the story in a specific time to avoid generational discourse.
Lesage, whose work has been awarded for the first time in Spain in the framework of the Seminci, has received the awards as a "wonderful surprise", as indicated in statements to Europa Press, he could not have imagined "better outcome" for his participation in the contest.
On the other hand, the Silver Spike has relapsed ex aequo in the movies In den Gängen (Around the corner) –also Sociograph Award–, by Thomas Stuber, and The Miseducation of Cameron Post, directed by Desiree Akhavan, who has also won the Youth Prize of the Official Section.
The Best Actress Award went to Halldóra Geirhardsdottir, star of 'Kona fer í stríd' (The Woman of the Mountain), Benedikt Erlingsson's second film.
The Best Photography Direction Award went to Hideo Urata for his work in the Singaporean production A Land Imagined (An imagined land), directed by Siew Hua Yeo.
Aga, which contrasts life and the relationship with the nature of traditional and modern societies, has been awarded the Green Tang. This is the second feature film by the Bulgarian director Milko Lazarov, who has also won the Pilar Miró Award for Best New Director. In addition, the jury of the Espiga Verde has granted a special mention to the documentary Youth Unstoppable, of Slater Jewel-Kemker.
The writers of Den Skyldige (The Guilty), Emil Nygaard Albertsen and Gustav Möller (also director), have won the Miguel Delibes Award for Best Screenplay. In addition, this Danish production has won the Gold Blogos Prize.
The film that closes the social trilogy of the Canadian Denys Arcand, La Chute de l'empire americaine (The fall of the American empire), He has won the Fipresci Award.
In his third edition in the palmares, the Rainbow Spike has relapsed in the film I impossible, from the director Patricia Ortega, for "breaking the walls of the genre" through the eyes of Ariel, a religious dressmaker with ambiguous genitals. The jury of this Espiga has decided to grant, also a Special Mention to Prisoner of Society, of Rati Tsiteladze.
Finally, the public of the 63rd edition of the festival has decided to award its Prize to My masterpiece, comedy directed by Gastón Duprat, while the Young Seminci Award has been for Love, Simon (With love, Simon), by Greg Berlanti.
As for the short films exhibited in the Official Selection, both the Golden Spike and the European Short Film Award have fallen on Cadavre exquis (Dadaver exquisite), by Stéphanie Lansaque and François Leroy. For his part, Dawid Bodzak, has achieved the Silver Spike in this category by Drzenia (Tremors).
The jury of the section that values the regional short films has awarded the Castilla y León Short Film Prize to Fallen Angel, by Fran Parra.
In the Punto de Encuentro section, the first prize was for The Return (The return), of Malene Choi, while, in the case of short films, the awards went to Totul e foarte departe (Everything is far away), of Emanuel Pârvu, as the best foreigner, and to 'Silkworms', by Carlos Villafaina, in La Noche del Corto Español.
Likewise, the jury of Punto de Encuentro has agreed to grant a Special Mention to Yomeddine, of A.B. Shawy, who has also won the Public and Youth Awards of the Punto de Encuentro Section.
The winning feature film from the Time of History section has been Free, by Michel Tosca, while the Second Prize went to Our New President, by Maxim Pozdorovkin. The Best Short Film Award in this section has been awarded A monde sans bêtes (A world without beasts), by Emma Benestan and Adrian Lecouturier.
The First Prize of Doc. Spain has fallen on Die to tell, by Hernán Zin and, finally, the Dunia Ayaso Award went to Arantxa Echevarría, director of Carmen and Lola.