Patricia López Arnaiz and Extremaduran filmmakers María Pérez Sanz and Ainhoa Rodríguez will also receive an award
Javier Cámara, Julián López, Patricia López Arnaiz, Rodrigo Cortés and Bebe from Extremadura are among the winners of the San Pancracio Prize awarded by the Cáceres Spanish Film Festival. The list of winners is completed by actor Miguel Rellán as Honorary Award and, for the first time, by two filmmakers from Extremadura, María Pérez Sanz and Ainhoa Rodríguez.
It will therefore be the edition of the San Pancracio Awards with the most winners from Extremadura on the green carpet of the award ceremony that will take place on Saturday, March 12 at the Gran Teatro de Cáceres.
In the film category, the Best Director Award went to Rodrigo Cortés for El amor en su lugar, a drama set in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. Cortés, who debuted with Contestant in 2010, has directed Buried (2010), Red Lights (2012), Blackwood (2018) and the film that has awarded him the Cáceres festival.
The Best Film Actress Award will be collected by Patricia López Arnáiz for La hija, the most recent film by Manuel Martín Cuenca and in which she shares the leading role with Javier Gutiérrez. After a decade of film work, López Arnáiz’s work transcended in 2020 with Ane, a social drama about a marriage in crisis in a convulsed Basque Country, and a year later, with the film by Martín Cuenca.
The Award for Best Series Actress will be received by Bebe for her role in the series Libertad directed by Enrique Urbizu, in which the singer and actress from Extremadura gives life to a brave bandit in 19th century Spain.
Julián López won the Best Film Actor Award for the comedy Operación Camarón. The comedian, who became known on television with the humor program La hora chanante, has developed his career in this medium, theatrical stages and in the cinema, where he has participated in films such as Pagafantas, Super López or Fe de ETA
In the category of Best Series Actor, Javier Cámara has been chosen for his performance as a corrupt politician in the third season of a comedy series with a different title for each season: Vota Juan, Vamos Juan and Venga Juan. The humorous vision of Cámara has not prevented him, on the contrary, from playing dramatic roles in films such as El olvido que seremos or Truman.
As has already been reported, the Honor Award will be received by the actor Miguel Rellán, one of the great Spanish performers, an all-rounder in cinema, theater and television, and who has taken part in some of the most outstanding films in the filmography national, like Dawn that is not little or Everyone to jail.
Especially significant are the San Pancracio that have fallen on filmmakers from Extremadura, authors of two of the most relevant films of recent Spanish production. María Pérez Sanz will collect the Reyes Abades Award, which recognizes Extremadura’s contribution to Spanish cinema, for Karen, the film dedicated to the figure of the Danish writer Karen Blixen during the period she lived in Africa.
Sanz has directed six short films, one of which, Exercise 2: Fiction, won the 2015 Grand Jury Prize for Best Film at the Jameson Notodfilmfest. Five years later he premiered the first of his two feature films, Malpartida Fluxus Village, dedicated to the German artist Wolf Vostell and his Fluxus Museum in Malpartida de Cáceres.
The Revelation Award has been won by Ainhoa Rodríguez for the direction of Destello Bravío, shot in the Badajoz town of Puebla de la Reina, in which she addresses female desire and the situation of women in the rural world. The feature film premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival and won the jury award and the best editing award at the Malaga Festival.
Rodríguez, who has spent her life between Almendralejo and Cáceres, has a doctorate in Film Theory and Analysis and a degree in Audiovisual Communication. She has combined her work as a director with her work as a film language teacher and speaker at universities and public and private institutions for several years, she informs the Rebross Foundation, organizer of the Cáceres contest.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.