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Carmen & Lola emerges triumphant at Cinespaña

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- Arantxa Echevarría’s feature debut has taken home the Golden Violet for Best Film, the Best Actor Award and the Audience Award

Carmen & Lola emerges triumphant at Cinespaña
Arantxa Echevarría picking up her Golden Violet for Best Film for Carmen & Lola (© Cinespaña)

Carmen & Lola [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Arantxa Echevarría
film profile
]
 by Arantxa Echevarría has pulled off a hat-trick on the winners’ list of the 23rd Cinespaña Festival in Toulouse. Originally unveiled in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, the director’s feature debut has now garnered praise in Toulouse and snagged the Golden Violet for Best Film, the Best Actor Award (for Moreno Borja) and the Audience Award. Sold by Latido Films, the movie will be distributed in France from 14 November on, courtesy of Eurozoom.

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The fiction feature competition also singled out Sunday’s Illness [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ramón Salazar
film profile
]
 by Ramón Salazar (Best Screenplay for the filmmaker himself and Best Actress for both Bárbara Lennie and Susi Sánchez) and Jean-François and the Meaning of Life [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 by Sergi Portabella (crowned Best Director and also honoured with the Best Score Award, for the work of Gerard Pastor). Lastly of note is the Best Cinematography Award scooped by Lara Vilanova for her efforts on Thirty Souls [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Diana Toucedo
film profile
]
.

In the competitive New Directors section at this 23rd edition of Cinespaña, victory was claimed by Formentera Lady [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
by Pau Durà, with a Special Mention going to Ana by Day [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Andrea Jaurrieta. Finally, on the documentary side, it was Alberto García-Alix. La línea de sombra [+see also:
trailer
interview: Nicolás Combarro
film profile
]
 by Nicolás Combarro that came out on top, while a Special Mention was bestowed upon Lo que dirán by Nila Núñez Urgell.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Fiction feature competition

Golden Violet for Best Film
Carmen & Lola [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Arantxa Echevarría
film profile
]
 - Arantxa Echevarría (Spain)

Best Director Award
Sergi Portabella - Jean-François and the Meaning of Life [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 (Spain/France)

Best Actress Award
Bárbara Lennie and Susi Sánchez – Sunday’s Illness [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ramón Salazar
film profile
]
 (Spain)

Best Actor Award
Moreno Borja - Carmen & Lola

Best Screenplay Award
Ramón Salazar – Sunday’s Illness

Best Score Award 
Gerard Pastor - Jean-François and the Meaning of Life

Best Cinematography Award 
Lara Vilanova – Thirty Souls [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Diana Toucedo
film profile
]
 (Spain)

New Directors competition

Best New Director Award 
Pau Durà - Formentera Lady [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
 (Spain)

Special Mention 
Andrea Jaurrieta - Ana by Day [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 (Spain/France)

Documentary competition

Best Documentary Award
Alberto García-Alix. La línea de sombra [+see also:
trailer
interview: Nicolás Combarro
film profile
]
 - Nicolás Combarro (Spain)

Special Mention
Lo que dirán - Nila Núñez Urgell (Spain)

Other awards

Audience Award 
Carmen & Lola - Arantxa Echevarría

(Translated from French)

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