Fipresci Home the international federation of film critics  
  about us | festival reports | awards | undercurrent   contact | site map 
home > festival reports > Valladolid 2013  

coming soon

58th Valladolid International Film Festival, 2013

The Reconstruction
space.
"The Reconstruction" (Juan Taratuto)

The Valladolid International Film Festival is one of the oldest and most consolidated in the whole of Europe. It was established on 20 March 1956 as an additional feature of the Easter celebrations named Religious Film Week, according to an understanding of the seventh art as a vehicle for the transmission of Catholic moral values.

The demand for quality since the Festival's beginnings became its enduring identity, thought that was not always matched by a sufficient quantity of scheduled films. In other words, quite often there were not enough films to fill the Festival's programme — not, in any case, of religious subject-matter. This situation led to the first turning point in the history of the festival which, four years after its inception, was converted into the International Religion & Human Values Film Week  The name reflects the major novelty introduced to the festival at that time: the admission of films where the emphasis lay on human values and a sense of commitment.

The second turning point took place in 1973, when the festival adopted its permanent title as the Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid or — in a literal rendering — Valladolid's International Film Week. The new name involved getting rid of the festival's religious orientation in the wake of two major factors: the rise in the number of films entering competition and the fact that producers were beginning to arrange for the premiere of their films to take place in the Valladolid Film Week.

When Seminci began the festival was not conceived as a competition, so in the first edition and the next they didn't grant any awards. It was not until the third edition of the festival, in 1958, when they awarded the Don Bosco gold for the winning film and silver to the runner-up together with the recognition of a Special Mention.

Its existence, however, was very short. A year later, the Don Bosco gave way to Labarum and the award for Special Mention disappeared and was replaced by the Valladolid City Award.

In 1960 the Spike appeared, which would become the main festival award years later but, until then, there was Labarum paper, the Valladolid City Award and the Mentions. The following editions of the Festival kept these awards and, in 1961 added the St. Gregory Award. In 1974, the nineteenth edition of the Festival, Labarum finally disappeared. From this point, the Spike went on to become the main prize of the contest.

The Festival's spikes are the awards given to the best competing films in the Official Section. They have become true classics in the world of film awards and some of the most important filmmakers from the last few decades have received them. They can be gold or silver; Spikes are the Valladolid Festival's main prizes.

The 58th edition of the Valladolid Film Festival — SEMINCI opened on October 19th with the latest feature by Spanish — Catalan director Mar Coll All want the best for her (Tots volem el millor per a ella — Todos queremos lo mejor para ella), where a woman, one year after suffering a horrible traffic accident, is ready to resume her life... or at least that's what her family wants to see. This year, the festival screened around 200 titles in just eight days of competition and welcomed the presence of international filmmakers such as Paul Schrader and Jean Audiard who received the Spike Honor (Espiga de Honor) of the Festival. (Furio Fossati)

58th Valladolid International Film Festival (Spain, SEMINCI 2013, October 19–26). FIPRESCI Prize: The Reconstruction (La reconstrucción) directed by Juan Taratuto (Argentina, 2013, 93min) shown in the International Competition. Jury: Dana Duma (Romania), Furio Fossati (Italy), Esteve Soler Miralles (Spain). Print Source: Primer Plano Film Group (Elcano 4020, 1427 Buenos Aires, Argentina), Phone: +5411 45521515, e-mail: primerplano@primerplano.com.
Festival: www.seminci.com

Reports

Punto de Encuentro, Meeting Ideas. The Valladolid 58th SEMINCI presented a set of interesting movies, with some enjoyable surprises in Punto de encuentro (Meeting Point). Among the fifteen feature-length films nine were first works, six were second. Furio Fossati's report. arrow.
Life Density. It seems film critics are never bored by realism, especially when it comes from Latin American cinema. At least, that is, if we were judging by the FIPRESCI Award in the 58th edition of the Valladolid International Film Festival, as presented to Reconstruction (La reconstrucción), an Argentinean minimalist drama signed by Juan Taratuto. Dana Duma's review. arrow.
The Dialogue as a Flag. With political, social and cultural crisis in Spain, the spirit of the Valladolid Film Festival is more necessary than ever. The main reason is perfectly clear: the constant evocation of dialogue from 'la Seminci'. Esteve Soler's report. arrow.

top

 

recent festivals

 

Valladolid 2013

bullet. Index
bullet. Meeting Ideas
bullet. Life Density
bullet. The Dialogue as a Flag

Language editor:
Tara Judah