The Huelva Festival closes its 48th edition highlighting that cinema is the "flagship of hope"
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The Huelva Ibero-American Film Festival of Huelva closed its 48th edition this Friday with an act held at the Palacio de Congresos that featured actress Nathalie Poza, who received the Ciudad de Huelva Award, and the winners of the Official Award Winners, who have taken the stage to collect their awards, sharing their joy with the spectators. On stage, Poza has assured that, “in a world that is collapsing”, the cinema is “the flagship of hope”.

Presented by the journalist Adolfo Zarandieta, the act started with the music of the Huelva group Pirámida & Trizia Nice and with a thank you to the spectators who have filled the theaters during this film week in Huelva.

“This 2022 the Huelva Festival has returned to normality and it has been a real joy to see the affection and desire with which the public has responded by going to the theaters to enjoy the unparalleled experience of watching cinema on the big screen”, has insured Zarandieta.

A video summary of the edition was then shown, offering a small sample of what these seven days of screenings and a multitude of parallel activities have been like, which “have turned Huelva into a meeting point between filmmakers and the public “, with 136 programmed titles and the return to theaters of a mostly face-to-face audience.

Then came the most anticipated moment of the night, the awards ceremony, which began with the awards given by the Festival spectators. Paula Díaz and Omar Banana have presented the Juan Ramón Jiménez Award from the Andalusian Talent Section to the documentary film ‘A las mujeres de España. María Lejárraga’ and its director Laura Hojman and producer Guillermo Rojas have collected the award. Hojman recalled that this documentary was made “for all women, for our dignity, so that our names are not erased from history again.”

The actor Ciro Miró has been in charge of delivering the Silver Colón Audience Award, which is brought to Brazil with the film ‘Paloma’ by Marcelo Gomes. The actress Wescla Vasconcelos has been in charge of collecting the award. The Brazilian wanted to dedicate this award to the entire LGTBIQ+ collective, “who struggle so hard to survive and have opportunities” within the industry.

After that, the actors Font García, Silvia Acosta and Bart Santana took to the stage in the auditorium of the Casa Colón Conference Center to proceed with the delivery of the prizes awarded by the Official Jury, starting with the three prizes awarded in the Colón de Plata category for Best Performance.

The actress Sol Miranda, awarded for her role in ‘Regra 34’, has collected the award from Font García. Miranda explained that “little by little” “black” actors are managing to ascend to spaces and “be recognized” for their work in culture, a task that is “capable of transforming the world.”

Silvia Acosta has placed the Colón de Plata for Best Performance in the hands of Ramón Emilio Candelario for her role in ‘Perejil’, by José María Cabral. The actor has stated that the film shows “that love conquers everything”.

For their part, the actors of ‘Recipe not included’ Marietere Vélez and Gabriel Leyva have taken the stage to receive the Silver Colón for Best Performance that they take, along with their partner Mariana Monclova, for Best Supporting Performance. Bart Santana has given them the award. Vélez has made clear his firm commitment to “Caribbean cinema” made “by Puerto Ricans” because their voices and stories “matter.”

Then the actors Emilio Buale and Raúl Tejón took the stage to give Matías Rojas the Silver Colón for Best Director for the film ‘A place called Dignity’. The director has shown his satisfaction at seeing “Latin American cinema in Europe” and has highlighted the importance of reflecting “on memory and perpetuating it from this side of the world.”

It was the Huelva actor Vicente Vergara who presented the most important award in the Official Palmarés, the Colón de Oro for Best Film for ‘Blanquita’, which was collected by the film’s director, Fernando Guzzoni. The Chilean thanked the jury for the opportunity to “continue making visible the message of this film that reflects on the structural violence of institutions in societies like Chile’s”.

Desiree Reyes and Sergio Correa, who have made up the Official Jury for this edition together with the actress María Esteve, have then taken the floor to say goodbye to the spectators of the Huelva Festival and announce the Special Prize that they have decided to award to ‘Paula’, of Florence Wehbe, who has not been able to pick up her director in person.

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The culmination of the night was the delivery of the Ciudad de Huelva Award to the actress Nathalie Poza. She has been recognized with numerous awards, including two Goya Awards. Poza has worked with directors such as Pedro Almodóvar, Woody Allen, Alejandro Amenábar, Icíar Bollaín, Gracia Querejeta and Dani de la Torre.

Thus, this Friday the Huelva Festival wanted to add its recognition to this trajectory, with an award given by the actor Mariano Peña. Moved, he has declared that in “a world that is collapsing, cinema is the flagship of hope.”

In the same way, he has highlighted the importance of the Ibero-American Film Festival that “transcends borders” and that “looks reality and life in the face”, as well as this award that has “forced” him to take a look. back” and recall his “30-year career.

The closing ceremony of the 48th edition ended with the screening of the Chilean film ‘1976’, by Manuela Martelli, a drama about the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. The film has been presented by its director and by actress Aline Kuppenheim.

The film ‘1976’, which was released in the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 2022, represents Chile at the Goya Awards and won the award in the Chilean Feature Film section of the Valdivia International Film Festival.

Starring Aline Kuppenheim, the film revolves around the character of Carmen, who goes to the beach to supervise the remodeling of her house. Her husband, her children, and her grandchildren come and go on winter vacation. When her family’s priest asks her to care for a young man she is secretly sheltering, Carmen ventures into uncharted territory, far from the quiet life she is accustomed to.

All the protagonists of the night previously went through a photocall set up at the doors of the Palacio de Congresos, where other actors such as Raúl Tejón and José Manuel Seda could also be seen, as well as members of the crews of many of the films programmed in this 48 edition.

Also present at the event were representatives of the organizations that make up the Board of Trustees of the Huelva Festival Foundation, such as the mayor of Huelva and president of the foundation, Gabriel Cruz; the provincial deputy Salvador Gómez; the territorial delegate for Culture, Tourism and Sports of the Junta de Andalucía in Huelva, Teresa Herrera; the councilors of the Huelva City Council Daniel Mantero, Francisco Baluffo and Noelia Álvarez; the provincial deputy Bella Canales; and the Economy delegate, Lucía Núñez.

Likewise, the sub-delegate of the Government in Huelva, Manuela Parralo, and the director of the Atlantic Copper Foundation, Antonio de la Vega, attended the closing of the festival.

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