SAN SEBASTIAN, September 22 (EFE).- Granada-born director Rocio Mesa has won the 6th Dunia Ayaso Award given by the SGAE Foundation for his fiction debut “Cecaderos”, presented in the New Director category of the 70th Film Festival. of San Sebastian, in recognition of her “free” appearance and her “feminist vocation”.
Isabelle Coixet’s documentary “The Yellow Roof” about sexual abuse in the Lleida Theater classroom received a special mention from the jury, the first time it has been awarded in the history of the award.
The verdict was announced this afternoon with the previous winner of the award and president of the jury, Extremadura director Ainhoa Rodríguez, Donostiara competition director, José Luis Rebordiños, SGAE president, Antonio. Onetti, and Director of the SGAE Foundation’s Audiovisual Department, Silvia Pérez de Pablos.
“Cecaderos” is a psychedelic rural drama set in Granada’s La Vega region and parallels the story of a city girl who finds a dream paradise of magic and freedom in rural vacations, and a teenager who feels caged and longs for the diversity of the city.
The jury awarded it “for being a cinema of identity, a free film in the exploration and construction of its own universe” and emphasized “how fundamental it is for a cinema with a feminist profession in the deep minority to take risks”.
As the jury highlighted, the film “emphasizes women with their own accents and idiosyncrasies whose lives and aspirations are usually forgotten in the audiovisual.”
For Coixet’s documentary, she “carries the urgent message of ending once and for all the systemic abuses that occur in power relations, in which women are terribly vulnerable.”
The Dunia Ayaso Award, with 5,000 euros, is conceived as a tribute to the Canarian screenwriter and director who died eight years ago and recognizes the most promising cinematographic work with a gender perspective.