CARNE, CANDELA, and NO DEIXIS QUE M’ENFONSI: Award winners of MFF 2021

The jury of the festival has made public the verdict in which recognizes two animation works, one fiction and gives a special mention to the documentary ‘No quiero más’.

The jury of the 19th edition of the Manlleu Film Festival, organized by the City Council of Manlleu with the support of the Diputació de Barcelona, has counted on the participation of David N. Drake, Elena Subirà, and Roger Usart. This year’s jury decided to give a Special Mention to the Catalan short film NO QUIERO MÁS, by director Alicia Moncholí. The jury valued the narrative strength of the young director to convey human vulnerability with great sensitivity and confidence.

The Jury has decided to grant the International Category Award to the short film CARNE, by Brazilian director Camila Kater. The short film, co-produced between Brazil and Spain, was highly valued for being a film that “confronts everyday issues that are still considered taboo today”. Also for doing so through an extraordinary visual beauty that emphasizes the stories of the protagonists. The short film addresses the question of the female body and how to represent it through the testimony of five women who tell us about their life experiences. CARNE has won multiple awards worldwide and has been screened at festivals such as Locarno, Palm Springs and Annecy.

In the National Category, dedicated to short films co-produced in the Catalan Countries, the jury of the festival has decided to award the short film CANDELA, directed by Anna Solanas and Marc Riba. CANDELA shows the last days of the protagonist’s life in a dying suburb of a big city. The jury considered it a film where the beauty and atmosphere of the film merge with the relevance of the message and the story that addresses the loneliness of the elderly. The attention to detail and artistic excellence in the creation of the work, as well as the delicacy of the screenplay, were especially noted.

On the other hand, NO DEIXIS QUE M’ENFONSI, by the director David Conill, has received the award for best short film in the Osona Category. According to the jury, NO DEIXIS QUE M’ENFONSI has the charm of being a modern fable where the fantasy and charisma of the characters and their microcosm transport the viewer to a dreamlike world that connects with reality.

Last but not least, the Young Jury, made up of Irene Castellon, Meritxell Riera and Mireia Girbau, decided to award the Young Jury Prize to ADAGIO, by director Yago de Torres. The Young Jury has valued AGAGIO for being a work that pays great attention to detail and manages to capture the viewer’s attention from the beginning. Also for dealing with socially relevant issues in a clear and accessible way, with special sensitivity in the visual treatment of the film.