In the film, Laxe explores the territory of a small Spanish village in Los Ancares mountain range, 50 kilometers from Lugo, with a particular and precise look.
Demolishingly pictorial load, with paintings of unfathomable beauty, Laxe's film recounts the return to the village of a man who served a prisoner for a pyromaniac and among many things runs on the progress and time stopped in rural Galicia, social misadventures and the refuge of love between a mother and an eldest son.
The director chooses a certain economy of dialogues although not of situations and much less of image, that at times and in exquisite combination with music acquires a devastating presence for a tape shot in 16 millimeters.
Costa won the Silver Astor for Best Management, an award he shared with German filmmaker Angela Schanelec, author of I Was al Home, But …, a film that immerses itself in the feelings and day-to-day life of a young woman with two children: a teenager and a minor, in today's Berlin.
The Silver Astor for Best Actress went to Tucumana Liliana Juarez for her work in the film Permanent plant, where he composes a teacher worker in a provincial public agency that breaks ties with his peers and tries vainly for individual departure in the face of a policy change in the ministry in which he works.
The Silver Astor for Best Actor went to Ventura, from Vitalina Varela, and the Public prize for The invisible life of Euridice Gusmao of the Brazilian Karin Ainouz.
To regret only in a balanced and successful track record the absence of awards for Sleepwalkers, the Argentine film by Paula Hernandez that next Thursday premieres in commercial theaters.
The festival also awarded a well-deserved Career Award to the journalist of Page 12, critic and film programmer of the room Leopoldo Lugones, Luciano Monteagudo, someone who has a lot to do with the development of Argentine cinema in recent decades.
In the Latin American Competition the Prize for Best Feature was shared between the Brazilian To February from Maya Da-Rin, and the Chilean I never climbed the provinceby Ignacio Aguero.
While in the Argentine Competition they were distinguished Angelica, Delfina Castagnino for Best Picture, a Special Mention of the Jury for Home by Maura Delpero and the Martinez Suarez Award for Best Argentine Director for Poets visit Juana Bignozziby Laura Citarella and Mercedes Halfon.
The short Cordoba Playback Rehearsal of a farewell, by Agustina Comedi, won the award for best short film in the official competition and also in the special mentions granted by Cine.ar.
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Minutes before the start of the closing gala, a delegation of the Association of State Workers (ATE) spoke out against the outgoing governor of the province of Buenos Aires, Maria Eugenia Vidal, for breach of the promise to go to permanent plant of 130 workers from Mar del Plata from the Culture area.
The following is the complete list of official awards of the 34th edition of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival:
Astor de Oro for Best Feature Film: "Or that burns", Oliver Laxe
Silver Astor for Best Director (ex aequo): Pedro Costa, for "Vitalina Varela", and Angela Schanelec, for "I Was at Home, But …"
Silver Astor for Best Actress: Liliana Juarez, for "Permanent Plant"
Silver Astor for Best Actor: Ventura, by "Vitalina Varela"
Silver Astor for Best Screenplay: Oliver Laxe and Santiago Fillol for "O que arde"
Career Award: Luciano Monteagudo
Audience Award for Best Feature Film of the International Competition: "The invisible life of Euridice Gusmao", by Karim Aïnouz
Latin American Competition
Best feature film (ex aequo): "A febre", Maya Da-Rin; and "I never raised the province", by Ignacio Aguero.
Best Short Film: "Plano controle", by Juliana Antunes
Best feature film: "Angelica", by Delfina Castagnino
Special Jury Mention: "Hogar", by Maura Delpero
Best Short Film: "Playback. Rehearsal of a Farewell", by Agustina Comedi
Martinez Suarez Award for Best Argentine Director: "Poets visit Juana Bignozzi", Laura Citarella, Mercedes Halfon
Work in Progress Competition
INCAA Award Best WIP Project: "Mato seco em chamas", by Joana Pimenta and Adirley Queiros
Cinecolor Award, Cone del Silencio and RECAM: "An elegant film", by Lorena Best
Altered States Competition
Best Film of the Altered States Competition: "L'île aux Oiseau", by Maya Kosa and Sergio Da Costa
Special Mention of the Jury of the Altered States competition; "Longa noite", by Eloy Enciso
Best Movie section Original Soundtrack: "Satori Sur", by Federico Rotstein
Honorable Mention of the jury section Original Soundtrack: "Radio Olmos", by Gustavo Mosquera
Young Critics Jury Prize (together with the Critics Degree at the University of Cinema – FUC)
Best International Prima Opera: "A febre", by Maya Da-Rin
Special Mention of the Young Critics jury: "Um filme de verão", Jo Serfaty
CINE.AR Award for Best Argentine Short Film: "Playback. Essay of a farewell", by Agustina Comedi
CINE.AR Award for Best Latin American Short Film: "The Last March", by Ivo Aichenbaum and Jhon Martinez