French cinema is this year’s real winner at the Seville European Film Festival (SEFF), as French production companies are involved in producing the eight main awards at the Seville event which ended on Saturday.
Alice Diop’s first feature film Saint Omer adds Seville’s best feature award, the Golden Giraldillo, to his brilliant career launched in Venice where he won the Silver Lion award.
The film was also nominated for the prestigious French Louis Delluc award in the categories of Best Feature Film and Best First Film and was awarded Best Film at the Geneva International Film Festival.
In Seville, the film, sold by Wild Bunch, also won the best screenplay award for Diop, Amrita David and Marie Ndiaye.
The Grand Jury Prize tied for Lukas Dhont’s rumination on childhood friendship close which won a grand prize at Cannes, and the musical fantasy of João Pedro Rodrigues Will-O’-The-Wisp. Closes International sales are handled by The Match Factory and Rodrigues’ feature is sold by Films Boutique.
Italian Pietro Marcello won the Best Director award for Scarlet, his third fiction feature film. Interestingly, the two directors Diop and Marcello are filmmakers trained in the field of documentary.
The Best Actor award went to Eden Dambrine for close and best actress was awarded to Julie Ledru for Lola Quivoron Rodeo and Zar Amir Ebrahimi for his work in Ali Abbasi holy spider.
Regular collaborator of the multi-award winning Spaniard at Cannes Oliver Laxe (The fire will come),
Mauro Herce received the prize for best cinematography for Mataderodirected by Santiago Filloll.
The Audience Awards went to British director Georgia Oakley’s debut blue jean and the Cannes title of the Dardenne brothers Tori and Lokita.
As for the local cuisine, Carlos Pardo Ros’ H won the AC/E award for best Spanish film. The feature is a documentary exploring who was hidden behind the initial H, the only resource available to identify a man who was killed by a bull during the 1969 San Fermín bullfight. H was warmly received by critics. It is the first film by Pardo who is also a producer at Dvein Films with credits such as María Antón Cabot Sóc Vertical Però M’agradaria Ser Horitzontal.
While attending SEFF, Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona revealed he was working on a screenplay based on Manuel Chaves Nogales In Sangre Y Fuego. Heroes, Bestias and Mártires de España (lliterally, “By fire and sword”. Heroes, Beasts and Martyrs of Spain’), a collection of nine stories illustrating the merciless suffering of the Spanish Civil War. Bayona is co-writing the screenplay alongside Agustín Díaz Yanes.
Bayona attended the Essential Voices sidebar which featured public conversations with prominent European filmmakers, some of them competing in the official section with their latest titles. This was the case of Alexandr Sokurov with Fairy taleSign Baumane with My love affair with marriage and French animation master Michel Ocelot who hadThe Black Pharaoh, the Savage and the Princess in competition.
SEFF hosted the 2nd MERCI Independent Film Market in Seville, a program from November 9-11 that included screenings of European films by Spanish distributors for local exhibitors. It was organized with the Spanish association of independent distributors ADICINE. The initiative is primarily aimed at connecting Spanish distributors and exhibitors to European production, another pillar of SEFF’s philosophy of strengthening bridges between independent European cinemas.
Adicine co-president Lara Pérez Camiña, alongside Enrique Costa, said Filter attendance at the second annual event has increased significantly from the previous first edition. This year MERCI awarded an honorary prize to veteran distributor and exhibitor Juan José Daza
SEFF ran from November 4-12.
Sevilla winners 2022
Saint Omer (France) Dir. Alice Diop
Grand Jury Prize (Tied)
close (Belgium, France, Netherlands) Dir. Lucas Dhont
Will-O’-The-Wisp (Portugal, France) Dir. Joao Pedro Rodrigues
Pietro Marcello, Scarlet (France, Italy)
Eden Dambrine, close
Best Actress (tie)
Julie Ledru, Rodeo (France) and Zar Amir Ebrahimi, holy spider (Denmark, Germany, France, Sweden)
Alice Diop, Amrita David and Marie Ndiaye, Saint Omer
Geraldine Mangenot, Other people’s children (France)
Mauro Herce, Matadero (Argentina, Spain, France)
THE NEW WAVES
After Sun (UK-US) Réal Charlotte Wells
Best Non-Fiction Film
Journey to the Sun (Portugal) Directors: Susana de Sousa Dias and Ansgar Schaefer
The bride (Portugal) Dir. Sergio Trefaut
After the water (Germany, Spain, Serbia, South Korea) Dir. Dane Komlijen
Como Ardilla In El Agua (Spain) Dir. Mayte Gomez Molina and Mayte Molina Romero
People’s Choice Award for Extraordinary Stories
blue jean (UK) Dir. Georgia Oakley
General Public Award, EFA Selection
Tori and Lokita (Belgium) Dir. Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne
AC/E Award – Best Spanish Film
H (Spain) Dir. Carlos Pardo Ros
Best Director, First or Second European Feature Film
Nikola Spasic, Christina (Serbia)
Moviegoers of the Future Award
Junior Europe Award
Yoko’s vacation (Spain) Dir. Juanjo Elordi
ASECAN Service – Best Dilm
Siete Jereles (Spain) Pedro G. Romero and Gonzalo García-Pelayo
Ocaña Freedom Award
Superficial (Germany) Dir. Alex Schaad
Women in Focus Award
XV European Film Prize ‘University of Seville’, Fiction
In Recuerdo De Lupi (Spain) Dir. Silvia Mares Garcia
XV European Film Award, University of Seville, non-fiction
Erosion (Spain) Dir. Jesus Minchon Rodicio