Tape Regreso a Hope Gap, by British director and screenwriter William Nicholson, has been awarded this Thursday with the Best Film Award at the IV Barcelona International Film Festival – Sant Jordi (BCN Film Fest), which was held at the Verdi cinemas in Barcelona between on June 25 and July 2, being the first “live” film festival in Catalonia after the state of alarm. The jury, made up of actress Mercedes Sampietro, singer Gerard Quintana and film director Judith Colell, highlighted Nicholson’s work “for being an intelligent and profound reflection on the conflict of a breakup and the pain of a couple who do they have been together for many years, in a story of loneliness, lack of loyalty, distrust and fear of death, underlined by intelligent and poetic texts that perfectly explain the story ”.
Bill Nighy and Annette Bening play the main characters, an older married couple living by the cliffs of the English coast south of London in a supposedly perfect but effectively exhausted relationship. Edward will take advantage of his son’s visit one weekend to tell Grace that he wants to break up with her. Josh O’Connor, in the role of the son, Jamie, has won the Best Actor Award of the festival. The Best Actress has been Rosamund Pike, protagonist of Madame Curie in a film directed by Marjane Satrapi.
The Critics Award has gone to the Polish film Body of Christ, by Jan Comasa, which tells of the spiritual transformation experienced by a boy who lives in a juvenile detention center. This feature film has also won the Best Music Award, composed by Evgueni Galperine and Sacha Galperine. The Best Screenplay has been the one written by Shaunt Grant for The true story of Kelly’s gang, an Australian film based on a true story and the novel of the same name.
In a very special edition due to the security conditions due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has reduced the capacity of the theaters by half, the attendance of more than 8,000 spectators has been considered a “resounding success” by the festival director, journalist Conxita Casanovas. In addition, the festival has practically meant a return to theaters in Barcelona with titles that will be officially released on the billboards already this summer, such as De Gaulle, Pinocchio, Lets the music sound! O Wish list.
Casanovas has highlighted the importance of the festival’s offer: “The public has endorsed the proposal we have offered”, he declared, “filling the rooms in an edition where we have had the participation (in person or virtual) of figures of high international level and that has involved numerous sold-out sessions and well-attended talks. We have recovered the cinephile atmosphere with the good results of this fourth edition, the most complex, but also the most stimulating. It is one more step in the consolidation of a festival that is already a cultural reference in the city. “
The BCN Film Fest has had 44 films, of which 16 have been part of the Official Section and 12 of them to competition. It should be noted that of the latter, five have been directed by women. The next edition, the fifth, will recover the traditional dates of the festival, which this year have had to be postponed due to the health crisis, and will be held between April 15 and 23, the day of Sant Jordi.
Cinesa reopens its first cinemas in Catalonia
The cinematographic exhibition company Cinesa has announced this Thursday that it will open its first rooms after the coronavirus episode next Monday. They will be the multiplex cinemas La Maquinista, in Barcelona, and Parc Vallès, in Terrassa, and it will do so under strict security measures. Over the next few weeks, the company is committed to a billboard made up of titles that were in projection at the time of the cessation of activity, in mid-March, mythical films in the history of cinema and the films most demanded by customers, in addition to the premieres scheduled for this summer.