La Pieta, by Spanish director Eduardo Casanova, won the Grand Prize at the Gérardmer International Fantastic Film Festival (Vosges) on Sunday, which was celebrating its 30th edition – in addition to the Audience Prize and the Young Jury Prize. a close relationship between a mother and her son, which turns toxic when one of the two is diagnosed with a brain tumour. La Pieta is the second feature film by young Eduardo Casanova (31), after Skins, released in 2017, which was nominated in three categories at the Goya, the Oscars for Spanish cinema. Two jury prizes, co-chaired by Bérénice Bejo and Michel Hazanavicius, were also awarded: one for Piaffe, the first film by Israeli director Ann Oren, the other for La Montagne, by French director Thomas Salvador. The latter also received the Critics’ Prize. A special prize, for the 30th anniversary of the festival, was also awarded to American filmmaker Chloe Okuno for Watcher. See also on Konbini The Short Films jury, chaired by David Jarre, awarded its Grand Prize to Gonzague Legout, for There is a lot of light here. The festival, which was held from Wednesday to Sunday, paid tribute to Jaume Balaguero, who came to present his latest film, Venus, and who has already won the jury prize for three occasions. Guest of honor at the festival, the South Korean Kim Jee-woon, who had already won an award at Gérardmer in 2004 for Two Sisters, came to deliver a master class on directing. For the fifth consecutive year, the selection of films in competition at the Gérardmer festival will be repeated at the Cinémathèque française between February 1 and 6. A screening of La Pieta will notably be organized on Wednesday.
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