Queen puts ‘royal’ brooch on ‘historic’ Atlàntida

The power of attraction of the seventh art has no limits. The Mallorca Atlantida Film Festival 2022 this Sunday said goodbye to a “historic” edition, in the words of its director, Jaume Ripoll, in which it broke all its records, with more than 17,000 spectators for a week full of screenings, concerts and conferences. A perfect finishing touch that came to fruition last night with a closing gala chaired by the Queen Letizia in the courtyard of the La Misericòrdia Cultural Center, in Palma. His Majesty was supported by the main authorities of the island, headed by President Francina Armengol and Minister of Culture, Miquel Iceta.

During the ceremony, the film the counterfeiterby filmmaker Kike Maíllo –accompanied by its protagonist, the enigmatic Oswald Aulestia Bach–, while Letizia, in what was her first public act during her stay in Mallorca, delivered the Masters of Cinema award to one of the great ladies of French cinema, Isabelle Huppertnominated for an Oscar in 2017 for her work on She, by Paul Verhoeven, and which has won countless important awards such as the César or the Golden Globes, and at festivals such as Cannes, Venice or San Sebastián. With the Queen on stage were President Armengol; Minister Iceta; the president of the Consell, Catalina Caldera, and Ripoll himself.

Thanks a lot!” Huppert said. in an impeccable “Mallorquín” after receiving the award. In his speech, he mixed Spanish, English and French, and the first thing he did was to “thank Her Majesty for her support of the cinema”. Later, he thanked Jaume Ripoll “for giving me this prize for such a particular and special festival that promotes the cinema of the future, because cinema needs us to look to the future, but also to the past. to not forget ; it is undoubtedly necessary to rejoice to have hope and this festival, by the quality of its films, supports the talents and the cinema of tomorrow”.

“The Best Edition”

Before, Jaume Ripoll took the stage and celebrated a “historic edition of Atlàntida”, the “best”, he condemned. The event manager pointed out that “the easiest thing would have been not to do this festival in the summer, to do it in only two halls and not seven, or to show commercial films”. He also thanked the Queen for her presence at the closing, “It’s an honor to have you here”but above all “to the public, without you it would not be possible”.

During the closing gala, the prizes of the Official Section of the festival were also awarded, one of the novelties of this year. The prize for best film, endowed with 10,000 euros, went to french band Soft, by Samuel Theis; and the jury – made up of Leticia Dolera, Eneko Sagardoy, Nacho Vigalondo, Mateu Bibiloni, Paula Martín and Sophi Burgüer – awarded a special mention to the Spanish film So far so good, by Francesc Cuellar. In addition, the public prize was awarded to beast soulby filmmaker Lorenz Merz, while critics have rewarded Bruno Reidal, confession of a murdererby director Vincent Le Port.

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