This year’s Mostra Viva del Mediterrani ended on October 15th. Four awards were given to Mediterranean-based directors.
Agnès Varda and JR’s Visages, Villages wins the Best Feature Film Award. This French documentary is a road trip across rural France, with the two directors talking to people outside the major towns.
The Best Short Film Award goes to Croatian director Kristina Kumrix for Po Covika (Half a Man), in which two young sisters prepare to see their father, who was a prisoner of war for several months in 1991.
French director Malika Zairi receives the Best Director Award for her short film Mohamed, as a First Name, a humorous look at the difficulties facing people called Mohamed in France.
Finally, an Award of Honour was given to Cecilia Bartolomé, a Spanish writer and director, known for Vámonos, Bárbara (1978) and Lejos de África (1996).
Organized in Valencia, the Mostra Viva del Mediterrani every year celebrates Mediterranean culture with screenings, concerts, exhibitions and debates. This year twenty films from all over the Mediterranean were shown in competition.