Magazine article Screen International

Hasta la Vista Wins in Valladolid

Magazine article Screen International

Hasta la Vista Wins in Valladolid

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Karma films gets cash prize towards distribution; The Snows of Kilimanjaro takes second prize.

Belgian director Geoffrey Enthoven's Hasta La Vista has won the top prize, Espiga de Oro, at the Valladolid Film Festival (Oct 22-29) . The fifth feature by the director tells the story of three disabled youngsters who travel to Spain in order to lose their virginity and is a mixture of drama and comedy.

Produced by Fobic Films, it was acquired a few days ago by Karma Films for its distribution in Spain. It has already been succesfully released in Belgium and Holland and will open in France in February. The Spiga de Oro is worth $70,730 USD (Euros 50,000) that goes to the distributor.The festival's second Top Prize, Espiga de Plata, went to critics favourite The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Robert Guéguidian.

Other prizes were for Agnieszka Holland as best director for In Darkness; Patrick Huard (Starbuck) and Brendan Gleeson (The Guard) as best actors; Zhou Dongyu (Under the Hawthorne Tree) as best actress; Philippe Falardeu for best screenplay with Monsieur Lazhar; and Circumstance won the Jury Special Prize.

The Pilar Miró award for the best debut was for Spanish title De tu ventana a la mía by Paula Ortiz. …

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