Alberto Gracia wins the 10th Proyecto X Films at Punto de Vista
- The Galician filmmaker has trounced the two rivals he was up against, meaning that the Navarre-based festival will produce his upcoming, very political work, which will be screened at the 2021 edition
On Saturday 7 March, the Punto de Vista – Navarre International Documentary Film Festival capped off six days chock full of non-fiction film and documentary-related events, having attracted huge numbers of filmmakers and audiences. The event dedicated its closing gala to unveiling the identities of the winners, and even offered a performance entitled Para estar aquí y allá al mismo tiempo (lit. “To Be Here and There at the Same Time”), staged by Isaki Lacuesta and Amanda Villavieja. Standing out among the award winners was a somewhat surprised Alberto Gracia, whose project Tengan cuidado ahí fuera (lit. “Be Careful Out There”) came out on top. He has thus secured the support of the festival, which will help him to make the movie over the course of the next 12 months. The project will be filmed in the Navarre region and will be shown at next year’s edition of the gathering. The decision was made by the jury, made up of Dario Oliveira, Nathalie Trafford and Cristina Cámara Bello.
The title of what will be the Wandering Star [+see also:
interview: Alberto Gracia
film profile] director’s new opus alludes to a sentence uttered at the beginning of every episode of the 1980s TV series Hill Street Blues by one of its uniformed protagonists. That ground-breaking programme, according to the explanation provided by Gracia during his pitch on Saturday morning, was the first TV series to shine the spotlight on a group of characters and opened up a whole new audiovisual narrative. From that starting point, and with a political, anthropological and critical approach, the filmmaker will analyse the loss of role models for youths in modern-day Navarre, using some illustrative examples: two youngsters driving recklessly on the motorways surrounding Pamplona, imitating Vin Diesel in The Fast and the Furious, and another individual from the same place who destroys cars with nothing but kicks and punches, as pioneered by a famous video-game character (of course, videos of this feat have been posted online by its protagonist, and the aforementioned drivers have done likewise). Speed, disaster and narcissism will therefore constitute the cornerstones of the film, but “I will adopt a poetic position”, stated Gracia.
As for the festival’s official section, the jury comprising Haden Guest, Simon Field and Hila Peleg decided to split the Punto de Vista Grand Prize for Best Film (endowed with €10,000) between Un film dramatique [+see also:
film profile] (France) by Éric Baudelaire and the short film Apiyemiyekî? (Brazil/France/Portugal/Netherlands) by Ana Vaz. The Jean Vigo Award for Best Director (worth €5,000) went to Lawrence Abu Hamdan for his work on the 29-minute short Once Removed (Lebanon). Furthermore, the Best Short Film Award (€3,000 euros) was conferred upon Now, at Last! (Brazil/UK) by Ben Rivers.
Other trophies that were handed out on Saturday included the Special Audience Award for Best Film (endowed with €1,650), which was given to the feature Overseas [+see also:
interview: Yoon Sung-A
film profile] (Belgium/France) by Sung-a Yoon; and the Youth Award for Best Film (€1,500) for Queen, a 13-minute short by British director Kathryn Elkin, which also picked up a Jury Special Mention, splitting it with Aquí y allá (Argentina/France) by Melisa Liebenthal.
Here is the full list of winners:
Punto de Vista Grand Prize for Best Film (ex aequo)
Un film dramatique [+see also:
film profile] - Éric Baudelaire (France)
Apiyemiyekî? - Ana Vaz (Brazil/France/Portugal/Netherlands) (short film)
Jean Vigo Award for Best Director
Lawrence Abu Hamdan - Once Removed (Lebanon)
Best Short Film Award
Now, at Last! - Ben Rivers (Brazil/UK)
Youth Award for Best Film
Queen - Kathryn Elkin (UK)
Jury Special Mention
Queen - Kathryn Elkin
Aquí y allá - Melisa Liebenthal (Argentina/France)
Proyecto X FILMS Award
Tengan cuidado ahí fuera – Alberto Gracia (Spain)
(Translated from Spanish)
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