Spanish farce grabs top Cognac film award

11th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

COGNAC, France, April 10 (AFP) - The 2005 Cognac film festival award for best thriller was won here on Sunday by Spain's Alex de la Iglesia for his comic-thriller "Ferpect Crime", which also received by far the biggest round of applause from the audience.

COGNAC, France, April 10 (AFP) - The 2005 Cognac film festival award for best thriller was won here on Sunday by Spain's Alex de la Iglesia for his comic-thriller "Ferpect Crime", which also received by far the biggest round of applause from the audience.

De la Iglesia is the new darling of Spanish cinema and "El Crimen Ferpecto", as it is entitled in Spanish, is his seventh film, a bloody farce starring Guillermo Toledo as Rafael, a department store salesman who will stop at nothing to land a promotion to the post of floor manager.

There were seven films in the running for the major prize at the thriller festival presided over by Joel Schumacher, who directed two of the "Batman" series of films.

The jury prize went to "Soundless", by feature length debutant director and German actor Mennan Yapo, who played in the "The Pillow Book" and "Good bye Lenin". The action centres around a cold-blooded contract-killer whose life is turned upside-down when he saves a young woman's life.

The special police prize, whose jury is presided over by members of the police force, was won by Swedish film "The Third Wave" by Anders Nilsson about a top cop's fight against organised crime.

© AFP

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