“Spies on the sand. Target: Spain” has been awarded with the Audience Award
The Cinema·Rescat Award to the best archival research is for “Baix a Mar. Summers in Torredembarra from the 20’s to the 40’s decades”
“Fragile” has been the teenagers’ favourite and has won the MemoriJove Award
The twelfth edition of Memorimage, Reus International Film Festival gave the Memorimage 2017 Awards on Saturday 11th of November in Teatre Bartrina.
Adriana’s pact (Lisette Orozco) won the Reus City Award 2017. The Chilean film links the darkest secrets of a family with those of a country and has been the chosen one by the jury members Jom Pàmies, Jordi Segú and Laia Solanellas.
The Audience Award, sponsored with 300€ by Rabassa Arts Gràfiques, has been for Spies on the sand. Target: Spain (Pablo Azorín Williams and Marta Hierro). This Balearic production discovers how in 1943 a group of Spanish republican exiliates at the service of the USA Army secretely entered in Spain, a story unknown until now.
The Cinema·Rescat Award, which values the archival work behind the films, has been given to Baix a Mar. Summers in Torredembarra from the 20’s to the 40’s decades (Maria Roig) , which counts on Pedro Nogales and Núria Canyelles, as well as on the film director Maria Roig for the archival research. The jury of this award, formed by the members of the Cinema·Rescat Association Jan Baca, Raül Contel and Encarnació Soler, wanted to point out the importance of the film as: it shows that the possibility that cinema offers to save the collective visual memory, begins in saving and protecting our own and closest ones.
Finally, Fragile (Oriol Gispert, Amanda Sans and Lluís Jené) has been the favourite film of the high school students, therefore winning the MemoriJove Award. The film pictures the story of four girls from four different continents during their birth and their first year of life. Ten years later, the team of the film met them again to find out the current situation of their families and their countries.
In the year of the culture capital status, on the Closing ceremony, Memorimage wanted to highlight the value of the audiovisual heritage with a selection of 4 archival pieces. First one, CIMIR’s jewels: Events from 1931, is a piece recovered throguh the Centre de la Imatge Mas Iglesias and thanks to the selfless donation of the local Jordi Vall Ciré which collects interesting moments of Barcelona in the year 1931. Also, two short films about Barcelona at the begining of the XX century were screened, La Perle de la méditerrannée: Barcelone and Barcelone, principale ville de la Catalogne. And finally, the world premiere Praga, 21st of August, which discovers the only images filmed in colour of the Sovietic invasion of Czechoslovakia which in 1968 ended the liberalizing Dubeck’s regime and caused the first crack in the Iron Curtain. The images were filmed by the Catalonian industry worker Josep Maria Garcia-Planas Vilarrúbia with his Bolex camera, as he was in Praga by concidence on a business trip.
Daniel Jariod, artistic director of the festival, outlined in declarations previous to the ceremony: “Even though the circumstances sorrounding the festival in this edition have been exceptional, due to the social context, the audience has had a wonderful response. We have exceeded the 2.000 spectators and the debates have been highly interesting. The participation of the directors has completed an edition which has been very special for us”.
Memorimage Online, with a film selection of the Festival, will be open until the 8th of December on Filmin, where spectators from all around the state will be able to continue enjoying the Festival.