After almost 10 days of Spanish cinema, the Malaga Festival closes the doors of its 25th edition this March 27, in which the film ‘Cinco lobitos’ has been the great winner with four awards, one of them ex aequo. Alauda Ruiz de Azúa’s debut feature, the film shows the shock of a new mother who returns to her parents’ house temporarily and discovers that despite her new family role, she has not ceased to be her daughter as well. In addition to winning the Biznaga de Oro for the best Spanish film, it has also won the awards for best screenplay (by Ruiz de Azúa herself based on a personal experience), best female performance for the two protagonists, and the special award for the public. ‘Cinco lobitos’ is released in commercial theaters by BTeam Pictures on May 20.
In the rest of the categories, the Bolivian film ‘Utama’, directed by Alejandro Loayza Grisi, stands out. It has triumphed in the categories of best Ibero-American film, best direction, best music and has also won the critics’ special award. The film takes place in the Bolivian highlands, where an elderly Quechua couple faces a dilemma: resist during an unusually long drought or be defeated by the environment and the passage of time itself. Other films that this year have been recognized by the Festival are ‘My vacuum and I’, by Adrián Silvestre, about the path of a trans person defining her identity; ‘The Gigantes’ by Beatriz Sanchis, a road trip between Los Angeles and Mexico; ‘Love me’ by Leonardo Brzezicki starring Leonardo Sbaraglia; ‘A mãe’ (‘The mother’); and ‘Private messages’ by Matías Bize.
Also during the Festival, but one night before, Javier Calvo and Javier Ambrossi received the Málaga Talent award, which is granted in collaboration with the newspaper La Opinión de Málaga. The couple of filmmakers were accompanied on stage by their usual collaborators: Yolanda Ramos, Macarena García, Lola Rodríguez, Jedet, Daniela Santiago, Sonia Martínez, Gris Jordana, Ana Rujas and Claudia Costafreda, with whom they have worked on ‘Paquita Salas’ , ‘Poison’ or ‘Thistle’. In addition, the musician, actor, director and writer John Cameron Mitchell, creator and star of the musical ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’, who turned the gala into a party, also took to the stage of the Cervantes theater.
? Congratulations to both of you, Javier Ambrossi and @javviercalvo, for this great prize and this great race ahead of you! #25FestivalMalaga pic.twitter.com/UxWQAMg8sx
? Malaga Festival (@festivalmalaga) March 25, 2022
In previous editions this recognition has been given to names such as Oliver Laxe, Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Raúl Arévalo or Carlos Marqués-Marcet. Next year, in 2023, the Malaga Festival will be held in the Andalusian city from Friday 10 to Sunday 19 March.
Full track record
– Biznaga de Oro for the best Spanish film: ‘Cinco lobitos’, by Alauda Ruiz de Azúa
– Biznaga de Oro for the best Ibero-American film: ‘Utama’, by Alejandro Loayza Grisi
– Biznaga de Plata special jury prize: ‘My emptiness and I’, by Adrián Silvestre
– Special Mention of the Jury: ‘The Gigantes’, Beatriz Sanchis
– Silver Biznaga for Best Director: Alejandro Loayza Grisi for ‘Utama’
– Silver Biznaga for the best female performance: ex aequo to Laia Costa and Susi Sánchez for ‘Cinco lobitos’
– Silver Biznaga for Best Male Performance: Leonardo Sbaraglia for ‘Ámame’
– Biznaga de Plata for best supporting female performance: Debora Maria da Silva for ‘La madre’
– Silver Biznaga for Best Supporting Male Performance: Nicolás Poblete for ‘Private Messages’
– Silver Biznaga for Best Screenplay: Alauda Ruiz de Azúa for ‘Five Little Wolves’
– Silver Biznaga for the best music: Cergio Prudencio for ‘Utama’
– Biznaga de Plata for best photography: Nicolás Wong Díaz for ‘The Giants’
– Silver Biznaga for Best Editing: Rodrigo Saquel for ‘Private Messages’
– Biznaga de Plata special award from the critics’ jury: ‘Utama’, by Alejandro Loayza Grisi
– Biznaga de Plata special public award: ‘Cinco lobitos’, by Alauda Ruiz de Azú