PAWLIKOWSKI “reconquers Gijón" with Ida
Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski has without a doubt been the big winner of Gijon Internacional Film Festival. The film about a young Catholic novice who discovers his Jew roots has convinced both the International and the Young Jury, as it has received both Best Film awards. In his return to Gijón the Pole, who won in 2000 the Best Film award for The last resort, he has won not only the Premio Principado de Asturias to the Best Film but also the Gil Parrondo Prize to the Best Art Direction, the Best actress prize to one of the two main actresses, Agata Kuleska, and the Prize to the best Screenplay.
After announcing the decision, Patrice Leconte, president of the Jury, confessed that Ida was his first contact with the festival, “the first movie we saw, and we have adored it from the beginning, that’s why we find it normal that it has won so many awards”
This is Pawel Pawlikowski’s third visit to Gijón. The Festival devoted a retrospective to his career on its 45, showing his films until that moment. When he arrived to the city the Pole said he was delighted to come back, no matter if he won or not, even though “I wouldn’t mind doing it again” he said.
But there are more prizes. The international jury presided by Patrice Leconte and consisting of Aida Folch, Iván Trujillo, Pablo Giorgelli y Ray Loriga have decided that the Alexandre Landry deserves the award to the Best Actor for Gabrielle. The Best Director is Jeremy Saulnier for Blue Ruin and the Special Prize of the Jury goes to the Mexican The Amazing Catfish by Claudia Sainte-Luce.
“The jury has been very active” Patrice Leconte has said, we’ve had fun and we have reached an agreement very quickly, “the awards have been decided quickly and with passion” the film maker said.
The critics have chosen Yolande Moreau’s film, Henri, for “its themes, values and performances” while the audience has chosen Little One by Darrell James Roodt.
In the Animaficx section, the Jury consisting of Jordi Grangel, Manuel Sicilia and Sam has granted the prize to the best film in their section ex aequo to The Fake by Yeon Sangho and to Cheatin’by Bill Plympton. And they have given a special mention to the Japonese Patema Inverted by Yasuhiro Yoshiura.
This year the prize granted by the young audience has been divided in two, and they have voted depending on their ages. The best film for those over 12 has been for Little Ghost by Alan Gsponer and for those over this age for La cité rose by Julien Abraham.
The short film jury for the 51st edition of Gijon Internacional Film Festival, consisting of: Blanca Romero, Emiliano Allende and Iván Massagué has granted the following prizes to the short films in the Official Section. Before making their decision public, they have stated that the level of the participants has been extremely high.
“GIL PARRONDO” to the best to the Best Art Direction in a short film has been for Laura Boni by La prima legge di Newton by Piero Messina, which has also deserved the award to the best actor. The jury’s special prize has been for Luminita by André Marqués, winner also of the best short film screenplay. The Principado de Asturias prize has been ex aequo for Parvaneh by Talkhon Hamzavi and Cargo Cult and Bastien Dubois.
The audience awards in the Rellumes section, to En Solitaire by Christophe Offenstein, and the Coca Cola prize to the best Asturian long feature in Gran Angular to Frankenstein by Anto Rodríguez have also been announced.
Here you can find the full list of awards.
Gijon International Film Festival is organizad by Teatro Jovellanos, sponsored by the Gobierno del Principado de Asturias, the Instituto de las Ciencias y las Artes Audiovisuales of the Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte, the Media Program of the European Union and Liberbank-Cajastur. Coca Cola is also a contributor.