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Catalan filmmaker gets honorary prize in Guadalajara

Ventura Pons received the Mayahuel award from the top Latin American film festival on Tuesday

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14 March 2018 11:47 AM

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ACN | Guadalajara

The Catalan filmmaker Ventura Pons has been awarded the Mayahuel prize for his career at the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG), Latin America’s top celebration of cinema. Catalonia is the guest of honor in this year’s edition of the Mexican festival.

Pons received the prize from the hands of the festival director Iván Trujillo and the Mexican filmmaker Jaime Humberto Hermosillo on Tuesday. “In Catalonia, we’re very happy that Trujillo has dedicated this festival to Europe’s oldest nation, with the oldest parliament,” he said.

The Catalan director wore a yellow ribbon, which he referred to as “the symbol of liberty,” in solidarity with the four pro-independence leaders jailed in Madrid. He even gave ribbons to Hermosillo and Trujillo, adding: “Long live liberty, long live cinema, long live Guadalajara, long live Catalonia, and long live the world.”

  • “In Catalonia, we’re very happy that Trujillo has dedicated this festival to Europe’s oldest nation, with the oldest parliament”

    Ventura Pons · Catalan filmmaker

Born in Barcelona 72 years ago, Pons is known for movies such as ‘Anita Takes a Chance,’ ‘To Die (Or Not),’ and ‘What's It All About.’ His works have been selected by international film festivals, such as Cannes and the Berlinale. The ceremony was followed by the screening of Pons’ latest film, ‘Miss Dalí,’ which tells the story of the sister of Catalonia’s most famous surrealist artist.

The country’s presence at the 33rd edition of the Guadalajara film festival has been promoted by the Catalan administration through the Catalan Films & TV institute and the Institut Ramon Llull, a public authority promoting Catalan language and culture abroad.

Other Catalan productions featuring in the event include ‘The Orphanage’ by Juan Antonio Bayona, ‘The Death of Louis XIV’ by Albert Serra, ‘Tad, The Lost Explorer’ by Enrique Gato and David Alonso, and Pau Faus’ ‘Ada for Mayor,’ a documentary tracing the rise of Ada Colau from a grassroots activist to the mayor of Barcelona.

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  • Catalan director Ventura Pons wearing a yellow ribbon (by Pere Francesch)

  • Catalan director Ventura Pons wearing a yellow ribbon (by Pere Francesch)