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MALAGA – Max Lemcke’s real estate drama Five Square Meters walked away with the top prize at Malaga’s 14th Spanish Film Festival Saturday, earning the gold Biznaga for best film.
The official jury, led by director Vicente Aranda, also gave the film the best actor nod for Fernando Tejero, best supporting actor for Jorge Bosch and the 6,000 euro-best screenplay — the only cash prize — to Pablo and Daniel Remon.
Tejero, a regular in Spanish comic productions, received good reviews for his unusual drama outing which focuses on a young couple caught by an unscrupulous builder at the collapse of the real estate market.
Tom Fernandez took the directing award for What’s a bear for? which also saw Geraldine Chaplin take home the supporting actress award, while Begona Maestre won the lead actress honor for her part in Arriya.
After a fairly lethargic festival, which saw various high-profile no-shows, the festival’s local fans finally got to shout their enthusiasm and star gaze Saturday as stars arrived for the closing ceremony.
The festival closes Saturday night in an event to be attended by hometown hero Antonio Banderas, current heartthrob Miguel Angel Silvestre and Culture Minister Angeles Gonzalez-Sinde, among others.
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