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Agustí Villaronga receives the 2011 National Film Award

[22/07/11]

On 22 July, the Mallorcan film director and collaborator on the Master's in Cinema Fiction Script and Direction. Independent films, Agustí Villaronga received the 2011 National Film Award, granted by the Ministry of Culture. The award, consisting of 30,000 euros, is aimed at recompensing the most excellent contribution within the field of Spanish cinema during the year prior to the grant.

The jury emphasised the "poetics" of the filmmaker and "capacity to construct a personal perspective” who has managed to connect with the public. His latest film, Pa Negre (2010) won nine Goyas, including the Goya for Best Director.

Villaronga, whom we can classify as a cult filmmaker, started his film career in 1987 with Tras el Cristal, winner of the awards Gran Premi del Cinema de Barcelona, Crítica de Mallorca and Ondas de Madrid. This film was followed by others such as El niño de la luna (1989), which won a Goya for best original script and was nominated for best director; El pasajero Clandestino, (1996) and 99.9 (1997), winner of the Mélies de Plata award for best fantàstica europea film at the Sitges Film Festival.

In 2002, Aro Tolbukhin: en la mente del asesino, co-directed with Lydia Zimmermmann and Isaac. P. Racine, was awarded the Premi Ariel for the best original script.

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