El D’A Film Festival Barcelona arriba a la seva recta final amb l’anunci de les pel·lícules guanyadores de la The D’A Film Festival Barcelona reaches its final stretch with the announcement of the winning films of the 12th edition of the festival. The French film Petite nature by Samuel Theis wins the Talents prize, endowed with 10,000 euros and which recognizes the solo debut of the actor and director Samuel Theis after co-directing with Marie Amachoukeli-Barsacq and Claire Burger Party Girl, Golden Camera of the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes 2014.
The jury for the official Talents section was made up of film critic Desirée de Fez, Alejandro Díaz (director of the Gijón International Film Festival) and actress Bruna Cusí, and highlighted the winning film’s “ability to reflect the lights and shadows of preadolescence, as well as the socio-economic inequalities of today’s Europe, through a staging as vigorous as it is sensitive and outstanding performances».
The Un Impulso Colectivo prize, endowed with 5,000 euros, went to Zaida Carmona’s debut film, La amiga de mi amiga, a phenomenon at the festival that sold out all the tickets for its screenings. The jury made up of director Chema García Ibarra, Gloria Vilches (coordinator of Xcèntric) and producer Carla Sospedra has unanimously decided to award the prize to a film that perfectly embodies the spirit of this section, the very concept of an impulse collective. «A comedy of dikes tangles, made collectively and -you can tell- with a lot of love, which responds to a powerful need to talk about themselves by the women in front of and behind the cameras, to vindicate themselves, to celebrate themselves, to becoming visible and occupying a space in the cinema».
It has also awarded a mention to the film Mi vacío y yo by Adrián Silvestre, “an original, entertaining and necessary chronicle about identity and difference, starring a trans woman with whose feelings, fears, insecurities and longings it is very easy to identify” .
The critics’ jury, made up of Pep Armengol, Aaron Cabañas and Marta Piñol, has awarded the Italian film Atlantide by Yuri Ancarani “for its naturalness in showing, in a risky mix between adolescent cinema and social denunciation, an unknown but fascinating ecosystem and discovering ourselves , in an honest and visually remarkable staging, the other side of postcard tourism, represented by a city of Venice hitherto unseen on film».
The D’A Film Lab Barcelona award, aimed at promoting new talent in Spanish cinema and endowed with 20,000 euros for post-production of the winning film, went to the Catalan production Un sol radiant, directed by a group of six directors – Mònica Cambra, Ariadna Fortuny, Claudia García de Dios, Lucía Herrera, Belén Puime and Mònica Tort – and starring Laia Artigas (the adorable protagonist of Estiu 1993).
The Open ECAM award, which grants technical and material assistance for the making of a new film, has gone to the film Mbah Jhiwo / Alma anciana by Álvaro Gurrea.
Finally, the Filmin Emergents award, endowed with 5,000 euros for the best film in the online section of D’A 2022 in Filmin and awarded by a jury of students (from six national schools: ECAM, ESCAC, UPF, Bande à part, The House of Cinema and ECIB), has fallen on the film Nuestros días más felices by Sol Berruezo Pichon-Rivière (Italy, Argentina, 2021).
The D’A 2022 Audience Awards have been hotly contested until the last moment and have gone to two films that have excited their screenings in the festival halls. The Audience Award for best feature film went to the Norwegian film Ninjababy by director Yngvild Sve Flikke based on the comic by Inga H. Sætre, a comedy about being a mother that ends up striking a chord. The award for best short film went to Demà ho deixem by David Moragas, the festival’s favorite that has turned his new short into a phenomenon.