“The award was a declaration of intentions,” says jury member and actor Alex Brandemühl. “We are awarding a very personal type of cinema, which takes risks and refuses to compromise”.
Liverpool’s Spanish co-producer Lluís Miñarro (of Eddie Saeta) hopes the award will help the film’s local and international distribution. Liverpool has so far only been released in Argentina, with Spanish distribution scheduled for February. Cologne-based The Match Factory handles international sales.
The cast of Lance Hammer’s US title Ballast walked away with Best Actress (Tarra Riggs) and Best Actor (ex aequo: Michael J. Smith and JimMyron Ross).
At the closing ceremony, Catalan actress Mercedes Sampietro received the 7th Nacho Martínez award, which each year recognises the achievement of a local film industry personality.
Vitor Pinto Cineuropa.org