PALMARÉS OFICIAL 2015

O día 19 de novembro de 2015, o xurado do XX OUFF composto por Maria Vázquez, Marta Figueras, Alexandre Powelz, Araceli Gonda e Frank Feys, determina que o Palmarés do XX OUFF será o seguinte:

O xurado da XX (vixésima) edición do Festival de Cine Internacional de Ourense valora e remarca o peso, o número e a diversidade dos personaxes femininos dentro da sección de competición oficial.

OUTÓRGASE MENCIÓN ESPECIAL A

HANNAH MURRAY polo seu traballo en “Bridgend” co que logra transmitir a vulnerabilidade da adolescencia.

PREMIO Á MELLOR INTERPRETACIÓN

A Marta Belaustegui por “La decisión de Julia”, por facernos cómplices da dureza e dos matices que rodean a decisión do seu personaxe.

PREMIO AO MELLOR GUIÓN

A Pablo Bardauil por “La vida después”, por un intelixente exercicio de construción dos diferentes puntos de vista, que instala a dúbida no corazón dunha historia que nace dun feito cotián para adentrarse despois nunha estimulante deriva hitchcoriana.

PREMIO ESPECIAL DO XURADO

A Antonio Pérez Carvajal polo seu traballo protagonista en “El comienzo del tiempo”, por converterse, ós noventa e dous anos, nunha inspiración e por recordarnos ata que punto a arte bebe da vida.

PREMIO “CARLOS VELO” AO MELLOR DIRECTOR

A Bernardo Arellano por “El comienzo del tiempo”, por levar as rendas dunha ficción que ten as súas raíces na realidade, na que o amor, a vida e a morte se mesturan nun medido equilibrio, e na que a visión persoal do director consegue ir máis alá da realidade social que reflicte a película.

CALPURNIA Á MELLOR PELÍCULA

Techo y Comida”, de Juan Miguel del Castillo, unha historia que nos enfronta sen artificios e sen autocompaixón á vertente máis dura da realidade social, onde a loita diaria por sobrevivir se converte tamén unha loita constante por manter a dignidade como seres humanos.

PREMIO DO PUBLICO

O Premio do Público concedese ao filme que obteña unha maior puntuación ponderada en función dos votos emitidos polos espectadores tralas proxeccións. O Premio este ano é para El comienzo del tiempo” de Bernardo Arellano.

Enrique Urbizu agradece el premio “Cidade de Ourense” y destaca la aportación del Festival de Ourense al mundo del cine

– El director vasco dice que la proyección de “La vida mancha” constituye un galardón añadido, pues es su película más querida

– “Ganar un ‘Goya’ no garantiza para nada el futuro de una trayectoria cinematográfica”, segundo el cineasta

Enrique Urbizu se mostró esta mañana “muy agradecido” al Festival de Cine Internacional de Ourense por la concesión del premio “Cidade de Ourense”, con el que el certamen reconoce la trayectoria profesional del director vasco, añadiendo que “el premio es un honor y, además constituye un placer haber podido conocer la ciudad de Ourense, por cuya zona vieja he paseado un poco antes de venir aquí”.

Previamente, Nora Sola, directora del Festival había destacado la figura de Enrique Urbizu y su labor profesional, que lo hicieron acreedor del premio Cidade de Ourense, a juicio del comité asesor. También agradeció la presencia de la concejala de Cultura, Belén Iglesias.

El cineasta y profesor universitario vasco no escatimó en elogios para el certamen ourensano, ya que “los festivales humildes –aquellos que no son San Sebastián u otros de ese nivel- son fundamentales para conformar una masa de espectadores y posibilitar el visionado de cine que funciona al margen de la distribución comercial, acercándolo a la sociedad”. Continuó diciendo que “son como lluvia fina en el apoyo al cine”.

También insistió en el agradecimiento por el premio ya que “resulta grato por lo que significa de ayuda para buscar apoyo a la hora de abordar nuevos proyectos”, aunque advirtió que las distinciones “ayudan, pero no suponen el pasaporte automático a la financiación de nuevas iniciativas”. Aun así, reconoció que sirven para hacerse un nombre en el panorama cinematográfico o apuntalarlo. Lo cierto es que “es como si siempre estuvieses haciendo la primera película”, apuntó, mientras contaba el fracaso de uno de sus proyectos el año pasado.

“Es muy difícil hacer cine”, pues además de disponer de una buena historia “hay que conseguir entre dos y tres millones de euros”, aunque considera que “cuando se frustra un proyecto, uno se pone a trabajar en otro que a lo mejor sale adelante, de forma que si hubiese sido factible el primero, tal vez no se hubiesen hecho los siguientes”. Quería decir con eso que “uno debe mirar hacia adelante”.

Por último, reiteró el agradecimiento al hecho de que en su homenaje el Festival hubiera escogido “La vida mancha”, la que consideró su película “más bonita, la niña de mis ojos”, a pesar de ser la menos vista de su filmografía. “Es lo más bonito del día”, dijo.

“A Esmorga” takes the plunge into the market with the release of 10,000 DVD copies

– Ignacio Vilar and his team recognised the impact that the success obtained in last year’s OUFF had on the film

– In 2016, the American distribution is foreseen, in Argentina specially, a country with an important Galician colony and where Blanco Amor wrote his novel

The director of the film ‘A Esmorga’, the great film event in Galicia throughout the last year, passed yesterday by Ourense International Film Festival to announce the release of 10,000 DVD copies. Ignacio Vilar will be accompanied in the promotion campaign by Miguel de Lira and Antonio Durán “Morris”, who will meet Karra Elejalde tomorrow – all four will be at Ponte Vella Shopping Centre –, the three main characters who impersonated Cibrán, Milhomes and Bocas, respectively. The second big news for the film was announced by Vilar, by saying that next spring they will start the Latin American promotion, ‘specially in Argentina, where an important Galician colony is based and where Eduardo Blanco Amor wrote the novel’. It will probably be in the same dates as the Book Fair in Buenos Aires, which will be devoted to Santiago de Compostela.

Presented by César Silva, programming director, with the presence of the city councillor for Culture, Belén Iglesias, who stressed ‘the big cultural activity we are having this week in Ourense”, and specially the DVD release of ‘A Esmorga’. Besides, she declared herself to be ‘proud’ of being in the ceremony, since ‘A Esmorga carries the name of Ourense all around the world’.

Ignacio Vilar, pointed out that ‘everything started here’, referring to the fact that ‘A Esmorga’ was premiered in the festival’s opening ceremony last year. ‘A Esmorga is alive, since it is still in the cinemas and now in DVD’. He was also proud that the film ‘had surpassed the permanence on the screen of North American super productions and, also receives awards’, as it is the recent case of Toulouse, where it received awards for the main characters, cinematography and for VIlar as a producer – an award specially created for him. The director added that ‘we are now making a great campaign, which we also expect to be a success’, he said, calling for people to ‘give Galician cinema as a present’ for Christmas.

Miguel de Lira highlighted that this initiative is ‘a democratisation’ of the story based on the big novel by Eduardo Blanco Amor, and that makes sense especially in the place where he said it, since ‘Ourense is the house of A Esmorga’. ‘That initiative was a challenge that we now see we were able to overcome’, he said.

Antonio Durán “Morris” stated that ‘it is a profound happiness to see photos from the festival in social networks, since we were born here a year ago, to conquest Galicia and later Spain’. Everybody supported the promotion all around Spain by van.

The film also contains nearly 70 minutes of images happened throughout the next year of its premiere.

‘Techo y comida’, a plea against eviction

Juan Manuel del Castillo, director of ‘Techo y comida’, one of the films competing in OUFF’s official section, wanted that his work was ‘a plea against eviction’ and the unfair situations that some people suffer. He said that in the presentation of his film, which appeared ‘when I knew that a young woman who asked me for help was evicted from her house’, in Jerez, where he lives, ‘in a place with almost a 40% unemployment rate, unfair situations as this one’; that is why he started writing the script.

After taking it into the big screen, he ‘thought about crowdfunding, but he then found a Catalan production company, Diversa Audiovisual, which was amazed by the script and decided to go for it’. For the director, who thanked the fact that the OUFF had accepted his film and included it among the best ten, said that ‘I feel awarded with just being here’ and that the success obtained after being awarded in the festival of Malaga was ‘a nice surprise’. It is now topped with the fact that ‘we premiere on December 4 all around Spain with 50 copies’.

Bernardo Arellano goes deep into the loneliness of elderly people in ‘The Beginning of Time’

– The work was a way to recover the relationship with his grandparents, with whom he had hardly kept in touch throughout his life

– The Mexican director says that ‘making romantic comedy’ is easy in his country, but very difficult ‘if you want to reflect social problems’

Bernardo Arellano, director of ‘The Beginning of Time’, his successful film, stated yesterday in his presentation at Valente room, that ‘it was difficult to get support’ to make the story true. ‘I wanted to tell the life of my grandparents, with whom I had hardly kept in touch throughout my life and introduce the hot news of Mexican politics and approach the issue of the huge corruption that exists in my country; this aspect complicated the project, although it was finally possible’.

The result was fruitful for the author, since ‘The Beginning of Time’ was awarded the Best Latin American Film in Malaga and Best Foreign Film in Beijing.

The film was good for Arellano to ‘become reconciled with my grandparents, but also provoked a deep personal transformation after working with marginal people’, which will make him try to insist on projects of deep social content, while being conscious that making that in Mexico means working in a country ‘with a corrupt government, with unmotivated fearful youngsters, disappeared children…’. If he is not able to make his projects come true, he would consider ‘making it abroad, but I want to be in my country’.

The mayor congratulates the audiovisual creation boost since childhood by means of the OUFF Escola

Jesús Vázquez highlighted the importance of such initiatives, included in the film festival to boost film creation with didactic contents from schools

The general director for Language Policy, Valentín García, and the mayor of Ourense, Jesús Vázquez, attended the award and screening ceremony of OUFF Escola.

The mayor reminded that Ourense International Film Festival is a referent in all of Galicia, which is ‘something that we can check every year with big success and large audiences and with actors and actresses from all around the world coming to our city to fill it with a great film environment’.

Jesús Vázquez recognised that this ceremony is one of the ones he likes the most, ‘because it is the day when children come to Ourense not only to see films, but your own films. Your creations, which you have worked really hard on during the scholar year with the support of your teachers, arrive now here to be screened in front of Galician schools’.

While addressing the children in the Municipal Auditorium, Ourense’s mayor stressed that ‘it is pretty obvious that you are the future of our festival. Ouff Escola is a fantastic platform for you to be encouraged to working within the audiovisual sector and also for you to do it from your own experiences with the language from Galicia, in which we also have to create these works that will later spread to the whole world’.

Jesús Vázquez ended his speech by saying: ‘Therefore, I would like to congratulate you, pupils, teachers and everyone making it possible for the festival to be different in this too: the attendance of pupils from all around Galicia and Ourense who are today living an experience that can only be offered by this so beautiful and warm city’.

OUFF Escola 2015 Awards

Pre-school and Primary Education

  1. Os superpoderes dos alimentos. CEIP A Lama
  2. Quen levou a lúa. CEIP Torre-Illa

Blanco Amor Award for Best Screenplay

A vella na botella. Colexio Rural Agrupado de Meis.

Non-university Education

  1. Os camiños esquecidos. IES Poeta Díaz Castro
  2. As tres portas. IES Manuel Murguía.

Blanco Amor Award for Best Screenplay:

Fontes e lavadoiros do Concello de Sada. IES Isaac Díaz Pardo

Ourense International Film Festival holds five concerts within its parallel programme

– Tickets for the opening ceremony in the Auditorium from 12am to 2pm.
– This weekend, Ángel Valente centre hosts TVG’s virtual set.

OUFF’s complementary programme will host five concerts during the screening week. The first one will take place on Monday 16, at 8:30pm in the Ateneo with the performance of Singing and Traditional Instruments Band from Ourense’s Ateneo. Formed by 15 members, this musical ensemble is directed by teacher Luísa Campos, who has a wide training and professional experience with traditional music and instruments. The songs are picked from different Galician villages and are a beautiful way of keeping our folklore and our historical and cultural memory alive.

On Tuesday 17 at 9pm, in Ponte Vella Shopping Centre, there will be a concert by Delicatessen Group, which was formed in late 90sby Goran Strbac (Croatia), José Manuel Jardón and David Cid (Galicia). Fifteen years later, Jardón came up with the brilliant idea of reliving those wonderful years and joined the band again, but without Goran –since he currently lives in the US. For this reason, he recruited guitarist from Ourense Adrián Rey as a substitute.

On Wednesday 18 at 9pm, also in Ponte Vella Shopping Centre, Jambo Quartet Jazz will offer its concert. It was founded in 2003 and they have been performing throughout Galicia since then. It is an ensemble made up by teachers and artists. Their music goes from funky to bossa or blues, but always with a personal touch. Yago Mouriño (piano), Xosé Luís Miguélez (tenor saxophone), David Cid (bass) and Antonio Romero (drums) compose the band..

On Thursday 19 at 10:30pm, it will be the Liceum the one hosting Raindogs, the Ourense band made up by Tony Sánchez (vocals), David Cid (acoustic bass and vocals), Fernando Calvo (guitar and vocals) and Xoán Antón Losada (drums). Every one of them has had a long trajectory. The sound they achieve as a band makes nobody feel indifferent. Rock, jazz and improvisation are reflected in a repertoire including the most remarkable timeless American classics.

Finally, on Friday 20 at 9pm in Ponte Vella Shopping Centre, The Teta’s Van will arrive with the feminine revolution. This band intends to stir up concert rooms with their music. They are specialised in covers and their objective is to entertain by claiming and fighting against the injustices by means of Galician language.

Ourense International Film Festival reaches its twentieth year with record figures

− Ourense’s mayor, Jesús Vázquez, highlights the festival as an ‘audiovisual referent’ in Galicia and the north of Portugal.
− Ten films will compete within the official section for awards endowed with 17,000 euros of prize money.

Ourense, 9th of November, 2015.
Ourense International Film Festival aims to be a reference for the film sector in northwest Spain, according to the mayor of Ourense, Jesús Vázquez Abad, whose opinion was supported by everyone participating in the public presentation of the contest – which was held this morning in ‘Ángel Valente’ centre.

‘Lobos sucios’, by Galician filmmaker Simón Casal, will be screened as the opening film and ‘Tercer grado’, by Geoffrey Cowper, as the closing film. The award for Best Adapted Screenplay granted by Galician Booksellers Federation will recognise the work of the journalist, screenwriter and actress Elvira Lindo. The majority of the selected works are first or second films by their authors, as an ‘obvious commitment to new values’, as it was stated by Nora Sola, director of the Ourense International Film Festival.

The big novelty among the finalist projects this year is that, for the first time, two documentaries are part of the competition section. Those are ‘Dark Horse’ and ‘Killing Time’, which compete for six awards against the others: Best Film, Carlos Velo Award for Best Director, Best Screenplay, Special Jury Award, Best Acting Award and Audience Award. The total prize money is 17,000 euros. Furthermore, Spain is well represented with three films.

The majority of the selected films are first or second films by their directors, in accordance to the pursuit of new film values promoted by the festival. This year’s submitted films turn to be a record figure with 347 feature films (222 fiction films, 123 documentaries and 2 animated films), coming from five continents, which means a higher number than the previous record set in 218 works. Besides, 57 short films were received, which adds up a total of 404 works sent to the festival.

The jury is made up by Frank Feys, Araceli Gonda, Alexandre Powelz, Marta Figueras and María Vázquez. The competition films are ‘Bridgend’, ‘The Sinking of Sozopol’, ‘La vida después’, ‘Dark Horse’, ‘La novia’, ‘Bambanti’, ‘El comienzo del tiempo’, ‘La decisión de Julia’, ‘Techo y comida’ and ‘Killing Time’.
The parallel sections will be ‘Unreleased in Ourense”, ‘Documentaries’, ‘Galician Panorama’, ‘Galician Cinemas’, ‘Cinema and wine’, ‘Special Sessions’ and ’20 Years’.

Out of competition: parallel activities
The programme includes ‘Ouff Escola’ contest, with the participation of 124 works created by Primary and Secondary School centres in Galicia. Another of the parallel initiatives is ‘Cinema in Neighbourhoods’, which will have screenings in Albor Society in O Couto; A Cuña civic centre and Espazo Lusquiños. It is important to stress the remarkable participation of Galician Broadcasting Company (TVG) that on November 14 and 15 will place a virtual set in Ángel Valente centre, where children and adults will be able to enjoy chroma technique if they decide to participate in their own customised news programme.

In the festival’s presentation, the following people were present: the mayor of Ourense, Jesús Vázquez, the president of the Province Council, Manuel Baltar; Jacobo Sutil, directo of Agadic; Manuel Fernández Pellicer, delegate of Gas Natural Fenosa in Galicia; Belén Iglesias, councillor for Culture; Roberto Castro, government’s deputy delegate; Rubén Saavedra, regional director of Abanca; César Silva, the festival’s programming director and Nora Sola, the festival’s director.

In the round for interventions, Ourense’s mayor thanked the presence of everybody, the implication of public and private institutions and enterprises for the festival to be ‘a referent in Galicia and in the north of Portugal’. He said that throughout these last twenty years ‘productions of first level have left in the collective subconscious an comprehensive array of realities from all around the world’.

Decentralisation of the festival spaces
Jesús Vázquez reminded that the festival reaches to its twentieth year. Many ‘great films have passed by here’, he said and wanted to pay tribute to Eloy Lozano, who was its first director as well as an important boost to the project. The major highlighted the contest’s decentralisation for bringing it closer to the neighbourhoods and he also stressed it to be an open space for co-production and collaboration between Galician and Portuguese cinema.

Manuel Baltar, the Province Council president, stressed the continuous collaboration of his institution with the festival, by providing 35,000 euros for this year’s festival and 50,000 for the next one. He indicated that the Province Council will collaborate in the ‘Galician Cinemas’ section with the aim of bringing cinema to villages without theatres. They will also collaborate with the ICC Week.
Jacobo Sutil, director of the Galician Agency for Cultural Industries (Agadic), underlined the contribution of Ourense International Film Festival ‘towards the seventh art’ throughout its twenty years of trajectory, which ‘turn it into a reference’. He highlighted the work developed by the different Galician contests devoted to cinema that contribute to the consolidation ‘of an audiovisual system that everybody identifies as his or her own’. He was ‘particularly satisfied’ with ‘the synergy of joint work’ between Agadic and Ourense International Film Festival, which will translate into three specific activities. Those are the first meeting of audivisual co-production Portugal-Galicia, which will have the participation of companies and Galician and Portuguese public broadcasting companies pursuing common goals in both sides of the Miño River. He also spoke about the new catalogue Films in Galicia, with which two works will arrive in Ourense before their general release and about the presentation of the aforementioned Galician Cinemas – whose aim is to bring the art of cinema to the places without film theatres.

Manuel Ferández Pellicer, indicated that, even though the main objective for an energetic company is business, ‘it wants to work within the culture and art scene in Galicia’. For that, we highlighted the museum that the company has in A Coruña. He added that he could see ‘pretty clearly’ the growth and consolidation of Ourense International Film Festival to make it a referent in Galicia, that is why ‘we want to be here’ supporting it to be a success. Finally, Manuel Fernández, announced that Gas Natural Fenosa expects to ‘concretise important investments in the province in a few months’ that ‘we will be telling in detail in the near future’.

TVG will place a virtual set in Ángel Valente centre on November 14 and 15 within the framework of the Ourense International Film Festival

− It will be open for the general public from 11am to 2pm and from 4pm to 8pm.
− They will be able to present the news with the chroma technique, which allows replacing the set’s background by another image.

Galician Public Broadcasting Company (TVG) will back 20OUFF with a comprehensive coverage of the event. TVG will fit out a virtual set in the Ángel Valente centre (former seat of the Bank of Spain), located at Paseo Street, which will be at every child and adult disposal in order for them to be the main figures of their own TV experience.

This initiative makes it possible for a person to be in the set and read or interpret something that will be recorded by cameras – and that could be seen at the same time. For that, chroma technique will be used, which is widely used in photography, cinema and TV. It consists of extracting a colour from the image and replacing the area it occupied by another image, by means of a specialised equipment. This technical singularity makes it possible for everybody to participate in a fictitious scene created by the aforementioned system with a customised space.

For those willing to participate in this initiative of performing a personalised news programme and for those who only want to see how it works, Ángel Valente centre will be open for free on November 14 and 15 from 11am to 2pm and from 4pm to 8pm.

Municipal Auditorium will host the 2015 OUFF Escola award ceremony on November 16

− This children contest beat the record of participation this year with 126 presented works
− ‘Children Film’ section will take OUFF’s programme to the neighbourhoods, with the aim of approaching the youngest ones to cinema
− Ángel Valente cultural centre will host workshops on audiovisual animation and creation

The OUFF Escola award ceremony for the different categories included in the contest will be held on Monday, November 16. It has beaten the participation record, with 126 films made by students of Galician language. The works come from the four Galician provinces, with those from A Coruña topping the list. The estimate of participants is 2,320 children.

The winners will be announced in the ceremony and then the awarded films will be screened. On Tuesday 17, the animated film Maimiño will be screened in the Auditorium. It is a Cuban-Spanish co-production with the original sound track by Silvio Rodríguez that tells the story of a tiny peasant who, despite his shortness, insists on taking his family out of poverty. His situation will worsen due to an insect plague that will destroy the harvest of the field he lives in – although magic will come to help him. It is inspired by the European classical tale and is the first 3D animated film produced in Cuba.

On Wednesday 18, 18 comidas, a Galician film directed by Jorge Coira that moves between drama and comedy, will also be screened in the Auditorium. It tells six stories throughout a fiction day. This is a film with an unconventional format – with script, but with dialogues open for improvisation – that travels through eighteen meals – breakfasts, lunches and dinners –, which make us part of some of those life-changing moments.

Besides, this year’s programme offers workshops for children as a novelty. They will take place on November 17, 18 and 19 in Ángel Valente cultural centre and will be devoted to audiovisual animation on the first day (16,00-19,00 h.) and to audiovisual creation on the two following days. Wednesday’s timetable will also be from 16,00 to 19,00 h., but Thursday’s timetable will be from 11,00 to 13,00 and from 16,00 to 19,00 h.

Within the Children Film section in the neighbourhoods, the Festival will approach its screenings to the youngest ones so they can enjoy some of the most important screenings of the children films produced in Galicia.

On Sunday 15, at 12,00 hours, O bosque animado will be simultaneously screened in the Albor Cultural Society (Rúa do Greco, 7), at A Cuña Civic Centre (Dr. Peña Rey, 18) and in the Espazo Lusquiños (Avda. de Marín, 16). On Saturday 21, in the same place at the same time, O soño dunha noite de San Xoán will be screened. There will be free admission to enjoy these screenings.