Brother’s Keeper scoops the Moon of Valencia at Cinema Jove
- The 36th edition of the festival has come to a close with the triumph of the Turkish-Romanian film by Ferit Karahan, which has gone home with the top prize
The Romanian-Turkish production Brother’s Keeper [+see also:
interview: Ferit Karahan
film profile], directed by Ferit Karahan, has won the Moon of Valencia Award for Best Feature at the 36th edition of the Cinema Jove festival, a proudly and fiercely youthful gathering that unspooled in Valencia from 18-26 June. This drama set in a boarding school in Anatolia also went home with the Audience Award from the international film festival organised by the Valencian Cultural Institute. The jury – made up of Rosanne Pel, Santiago Alverú, Alanté Kavaïté, Iulia Rugina and Nacho Ruipérez – particularly appreciated “its ability to cross borders thanks to its emotional journey bristling with criticism and a sense of humour”.
The Russian feature debut The Whaler Boy [+see also:
interview: Philipp Yuryev
film profile] by Philip Yuryev was singled out with two Special Mentions from the jury: one for its directing and the other for its cinematography, which was courtesy of Mikhail Khursevich and Yakov Mironichev. The Best Acting Award was split between the actor from the latter film, Vladimir Onokhov, and the actress from the Kosovar effort Looking for Venera [+see also:
interview: Norika Sefa
film profile], Kosovare Krasniqi.
A Special Mention for Best Screenplay ended up going to Raphaël Balboni and Ann Sirot for their work on the magnificent and sensitive Belgian production Madly in Life [+see also:
interview: Raphaël Balboni & Ann Sirot
film profile], which they both directed. Meanwhile, the Youth Jury Award for Best Feature was bestowed upon Ecstasy, a portrait of the experience of a young woman suffering from anorexia, by Brazil’s Moara Passoni, which also picked up the CIMA Award, handed out by the Association of Women Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media.
In the Official Short-film Section, the Moon of Valencia was conferred upon Rehearsal by Nigeria’s Michael Omonua. The jury, comprising Èrika Sánchez, Carlo Sironi and Diane Malherbe, stated that this comedy “undertakes a clever critique of those societies in which religion wields great power, which gives it a universal nature”. They also singled out Sestre, directed by Katarina Rešek, with a Special Mention.
On the other hand, the 15 members of the youth jury for short films opted to give the Best Short Film Award to Oh Black Hole by Renée Zhan. The Audience Award for Best Short Film was presented to Antonia by Alba Just.
In the Official Webseries Section, the prizes were distributed fairly evenly: the Moon of Valencia for Best Webseries was handed to Argentina’s 1 de esos días by Andy Gorostiaga, which can be seen on Instagram. Another Argentinian effort, Cross by Martin Vatenberg, took home the Audience Award for Best Webseries and also snagged a Special Mention for Best Cast, while The Communist’s Daughter by Leah Cameron pocketed the Youth Jury Award for Best Webseries, with extra Special Mentions for Best Cinematography and Best Score. The Special Mentions for Best Director and Best Editing were awarded to Australia’s Love, Guns & Level Ups, while the Special Mention for Best Production Design went to the team behind Dounia. Hitte by Martijn Winkler was deemed deserving of the Special Mention for Best Screenplay.
The Movistar+/ Pecera Estudio / Free Your Mind Short Film Project Award was granted to the screenplay for Se nos hizo de noche by Jorge Cantos: this title will open the next edition of Cinema Jove, in 2022. Lastly, the Feroz Award from the Association of Spanish Film Journalists was taken home by the Spanish short Dana by Lucía Forner.
Here is the full list of winners:
Official Feature-film Section
Jury Special Mention for Best Cinematography
Mikhail Khursevich and Yakov Mironichev - The Whaler Boy
Brother’s Keeper - Ferit Karahan
Youth Jury Award for Best Feature
Ecstasy - Moara Passoni (Brazil/USA)
CIMA (Association of Women Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media) Award
Ecstasy - Moara Passoni
Official Short-film Section
Moon of Valencia for Best Short Film
Rehearsal - Michael Omonua (Nigeria)
Sestre - Katarina Rešek (Slovenia)
Official Webseries Section
Moon of Valencia for Best Webseries
1 de esos días - Andy Gorostiaga (Spain)
Cross - Martin Vatenberg (Argentina)
Youth Jury Award
The Communist’s Daughter - Leah Cameron (Canada)
Martijn Winkler - Hitte (Netherlands)
Best Acting (Best Cast)
Marcelo Subiotto, Valeria Lois, Gaby Ferrero, Rafael Federman, Marcos Montes, José María Marcos and Lucas Bianchini - Cross
Andrew Shanks, Nicholas Cleary – Love, Guns & Level Ups (Australia)
Best Production Design
Daniel Vink - Love, Guns & Level Ups
Conor Fisher - The Communist’s Daughter
Peter Chapman - The Communist’s Daughter
Marseille Web Fest Special Award
Backstage - Gastón Haag Armagno (Spain)
(Translated from Spanish)
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