Documentary Lobster Soup emerges as best international film at the sixth edition of Ibizacinefest
- The co-production between Spain, Iceland and Lithuania, directed by Pepe Andrés and Rafa Moles, has picked up the Panorama Award at the gathering
On Sunday 20 March, the sixth edition of the Ibizacinefest – Ibiza International Independent Film Festival came to a close after having unspooled on the famous Mediterranean island since the 11th. As is to be expected at any self-respecting film gathering, that day saw the handing out of its awards, and the winning title in its Panorama section was the culinary-themed documentary flick with a hint of bittersweet comedy Lobster Soup [+see also:
film profile] (Spain/Lithuania/Iceland), helmed by directorial duo Pepe Andrés and Rafa Moles. In the same sidebar, a Special Mention was bestowed upon the Mexican production Beautiful Losers, a road movie with added fugitives by Guillermo Margariños.
In the festival’s other official section, dubbed Humans in Focus, which, as its name suggests, turns its attention to people, the victor was the family drama The Saint of the Impossible (Switzerland) by Marc Wilkins (which was also deemed deserving of the Critics’ Award – Blogos de Oro), with a Special Mention (plus the Distribution Award, courtesy of #ConUnPack Distribution) going to Ricochet (Mexico) by Rodrigo Fiallega.
As for new Spanish films, the winner in this particular section was the documentary Pedra Patria, the feature debut by Maciá Florit, which explores the ins and outs of the island of Menorca, while Losing It All, a rural thriller by Víctor Cerdán, picked up a Special Mention.
Another Spanish non-fiction effort, Ancient Soul [+see also:
interview: Álvaro Gurrea
film profile] by Álvaro Gurrea, scooped two prizes: the Best Editing Award and the Docma Award for Best Documentary, whereas the Audience Award went to the Dutch documentary Stop Filming Us, helmed by Boris Jostema, which was included as one of the festival’s special screenings.
Standing out among the short films were Italy’s La pescatora by Lucia Loré (FEM-Cine Award), I Don’t Feel at Home Anywhere Anymore (Belgium) by Liv Li (Best International Short) and Mindanao by Valencian native Borja Soler, which stars Carmen Machi as a lesbian politician who gets mixed up in some murky affairs, thus bearing a certain resemblance to recent real-life Spanish politics.
As for the industry section, the Ibiza Script Festival Award was presented to In the Serge and the Broad Arrow (Ireland) by Bobby Maloney, with Special Mentions going to Rutina (Spain) by Nerea Úbeda and Six to Wash (USA) by Joshua Allen.
Lastly, it’s worth mentioning that in IBZCF Pitching-Spanish Projects, the fiction films Mario by Guillem Miró, Tal vez by Arima León and Entre cerzas by Clara Santaolaya were selected, alongside the documentary Paredes en la carretera by Bárbara Fernández. Meanwhile, in the IBZCF VR Lab, the three projects taking part were Kolbe (Poland) by Pavel Jozwiak, The Eyes of Mila Kaos (Spain) by Yimit Ramírez, and Together Apart (Netherlands) by Demian Albers and Micha Hamel.
More information on the festival and its industry section can be found on its website.
Here is the full list of award winners:
Lobster Soup [+see also:
film profile] – Pepe Andrés and Rafa Moles (Spain/Iceland/Lithuania)
Beautiful Losers – Guillermo Margariños (Mexico)
Humans in Focus Award
The Saint of the Impossible – Marc Wilkins (Switzerland)
Ricochet – Rodrigo Fiallega (Mexico)
NCE-Nuevo Cine Español (New Spanish Film) Award
Pedra patria – Maciá Florit
Losing It All – Victor Celdán
Critics’ Award – Blogos de Oro
The Saint of the Impossible – Marc Wilkins
AMAE Award for Best Editing
Ancient Soul [+see also:
interview: Álvaro Gurrea
film profile] – Álvaro Gurrea (Spain)
Docma Award for Best Documentary
Ancient Soul – Álvaro Gurrea
Stop Filming Us – Joris Postema (Netherlands)
#ConUnPack Distribution Award
Ricochet – Rodrigo Fiallega
Best National Short Film and AMAE Award for Best Editing
Mindanao – Borja Soler
Heltzear – Mikel Gurrea
Best International Short Film
I Don’t Feel at Home Anywhere Anymore – Viv Li (Belgium)
Five Tigers - Nowawonga Khumalo (South Africa)
La pescatora – Lucia Doré (Italy)
Biografía del cadáver de una mujer – Mabel Lozano (Spain)
Ibiza Script Festival Award
In the Serge and the Broad Arrow – Bobby Maloney (Ireland)
Rutina – Nerea Úbeda (Spain)
Six to Wash – Joshua Allen (USA)
(Translated from Spanish)
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