Magazine article Screen International

El Estudiante and Declaration of War Win Gijón Film Festival

Magazine article Screen International

El Estudiante and Declaration of War Win Gijón Film Festival

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Declaration of War, the French candidate for the Oscars, and El Estudiante, a low budget political satire and drama, won ex aequo the 49 edition of the Gijón Film festival, which ended this weekend in the Spanish city of Asturias.

The films also won other Gijon prizes: El Estudiante won for Best Script and the award given by the Youth Jury. The film is directed and written by newcomer Santiago Mitre. Declaration of War also won the prize for Best Actress, for director Valérie Donzelli, and Best Actor, for Jéremie Elkaïm.

El Estudiante, set in contemporary Buenos Aires, follows the political rise of an ambitious student and is a psychological drama with thriller elements. It was introduced in Toronto. Declaration of War, already a great box-office success in France, portrays the struggles of a young couple whose son has been diagnosed with cancer. This title opened Cannes Critics Week. …

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