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Nantes crowns Baby and Armugan as its champions

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- Juanma Bajo Ulloa and Jo Sol share the award for Best Film at the 30th Nantes Spanish Film Festival. The Audience award went to One for All and the award for Best Documentary to Rol & Rol

Nantes crowns Baby and Armugan as its champions
Baby by Juanma Bajo Ulloa and Armugan by Jo Sol

Exceptionally organised online, the 30th edition of the Nantes Spanish Film Festival has placed two feature films ex-aequo in the Fiction category, with the 2021 Jules Verne award for Best Film being shared by Baby [+see also:
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from Juanma Bajo Ulloa (winner of the Best Score award last November at Tallinn Black Nights) and Armugan [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jo Sol
film profile
]
from Jo Sol (discovered in competition at Tallinn). With screenwriter Alicia Luna as its president, the jury underlined the force and originality of two films "with similar qualities: the radical primacy of the images over the dialogue, a sumptuous cinematography which made us all regret the fact that we could not discover these films on the big screen, the vibrant and infinitely touching presence of nature, and in particular of the animal world. One in the genre of the horror film poetically revisited (Baby), rich in sumptuous colours; the other (Armugan), a philosophical and profoundly humane fable, in a black and white just as sumptuous.”

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The audience’s preference went to One for All (Uno para todos) [+see also:
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interview: David Ilundain
film profile
]
by David Ilundain while the Documentary competition saw the victory of Rol & Rol by Chus Gutiérrez and the short films competition crowned Lo efímero by Jorge Muriel.

It is worth noting that the winning films can be viewed for a few days more on FestivalScope and that the festival hopes, health situation permitting, to continue in cinemas (from 21 to 23 May, from 11 to 13 June, and on 19 and 20 June): Montxo Armendáriz, Ángeles González-Sinde, Fernando Trueba, Enrique Urbizu, Imanol Uribe and Rosa Vergés have already confirmed their attendance, just like the guest of honour of this edition, the actress Marisa Paredes.

The full list of winners:

Fiction Competition

Jules Verne award for Best Film
Baby [+see also:
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trailer
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]
- Juanma Bajo Ulloa (Spain)
Armugán [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jo Sol
film profile
]
- Jo Sol (Spain)

Jules Verne award for Best Feature Debut
Schoolgirls [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Pilar Palomero
film profile
]
- Pilar Palomero (Spain)

Youth Jury Award
Baby - Juanma Bajo Ulloa

Audience Award
One for All (Uno para todos) [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: David Ilundain
film profile
]
- David Ilundain (Spain)

Best Documentary Award
Rol & Rol - Chus Gutiérrez (Spain)

Jury Award for Best Short Film
Lo efímero - Jorge Muriel

Audience Award for Best Short Film
Lo efímero
- Jorge Muriel

Schoolchildren’s Jury Award
Seventeen [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Daniel Sánchez Arévalo
film profile
]
- Daniel Sánchez Arévalo

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(Translated from French)

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