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Herrero's Rough Winds wins in Malaga

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Last Saturday, the 9th Malaga Spanish Film Festival awarded Los aires difíciles its top prize: the Biznaga de Oro, for Best Film (€60,000). Gerardo Herrero's new drama – released last week in Spain by Alta Classics (see news) – was not, however, the only winner of the night, and had to share the spotlight with Daniel Sánchez Arévalo's highly appreciated directorial debut DarkBlueAlmostBlack and The Idiot Maiden by Manuel Iborra.

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Winner of last year’s Best Director Award at Malaga for Heroína, producer and filmmaker Herrero was back at the festival with a film adapted from Almudena Grandes’ latest novel. Starring José Luis García Pérez (Bear Cub), this story of a man coming to terms with his past was produced by Tornasol Films, Continental Producciones and Maestranza Films. Meanwhile, Herrero is already preparing his new project, La mujer invisible (lit. “The Invisible Woman”), which is being written by the director's regular collaborator and writer Belén Gopegui.

"There was an official winner and another one, the one we all imagined [would win], which got very close", said Imanol Arias, president of the jury, referring to DarkBlueAlmostBlack. The debut film by the 35 year-old Sánchez Arévalo received the Special Jury Special Award, the Critics Award and the Best Screenplay Award. Starring Quim Gutiérrez and 2006 Spanish shooting Star Marta Etura, DarkBlueAlmostBlack was produced by Tesela P.C., with Sogepaq handling international sales.

Romantic comedy The Idiot Maiden received four awards: Best Actress (Silvia Abascal), Best Supporting Actress (Macarena Gómez), Best Supporting Actor (Roberto San Martín) and Best Costume Design (Lorenzo Caprile). Directed by Manuel Iborra, The Idiot Maiden was produced by Flamenco Films, which is also handling international sales.

The festival's opening film, Welcome Home, won David Trueba the Best Director Award, while Mireia Ros's El Triunfo – The Beat Of The Streets [+see also:
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, recently shown at the Berlin Festival’s sidebar section Panorama, won the Best Actor award for Juan Diogo and Best Music for Johnny Tarradellas. Another Berlin title, the documentary The Railroad All-Stars by Chema Rodrigues picked up a Special Mention.

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