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MADRID — Making good on the largely overlooked achievement of debut feature “The Demons,” Québécois Philippe Lesage’s “Genesis” swept the 63rd Valladolid Intl. Film Festival, winning its top Golden Spike, director and actor on Saturday.
One of Spain’s top three or four festivals, and a bastion of auteur cinema, Valladolid closed its official section Friday with an out-of-competition sneak peek screening of a preliminary version of Til Schweiger’s “Honey in the Head,” still to totally finalize post-production, starring Nick Nolte as a grandfather suffering Alzheimer who is taken off by his 10-year-old daughter to Venice where he lived the love of his life with his wife. Initial local press reactions speak of a “brilliant” performance from Nolte. Matt Dillon, who plays Nolte’s son was in Valladolid to accept an Honorary Spike for his career.
Valladolid - Competition - Audience - Award - Prize
Valladolid’s main competition Audience Award, the prize many distributors are most interested in, went to “My Masterpiece,” an art world satire come buddy comedy marking the solo directorial debut of Argentina’s Gastón Duprat.
A standout world premiere in international competition at August’s Locarno Festival, the Be for Film-sold “Genesis” hit Valladolid after scooping warm reviews, if ultimately no prize, at the Swiss Festival, Variety describing it, following up “The Demons,” as “another rewardingly complex reflection on the emotional trials of youth.”
Performance - Canada - Théodore - Pellerin - Actor
Some of that must be put down to the performance of Canada’s Théodore Pellerin, best actor at Valladolid, who delivers what Variety called “a lovely, twig-delicate performance” as 16-year-old Guillaume, a gay student at an all boys’ boarding school. In one of its three stories, “Genesis” depicts how his natural ebullience is gradually sapped by the reprobation of teachers and ostracism after he declares his love for his best friend and in front of his class.
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