Gabriel Agüero and Belgian Olivier Gourmet shared the ex aequo for Best Male Performance in the sixth edition of the Barcelona-Sant Jordi International Film Festival (BCN Film Fest), which held its award gala this Friday night. The jury recognized the Venezuelan actor for his “chameleon-like ability to embody a changing character in a film that moves between tenderness and cruelty and that will not leave the viewer indifferent.”
«Gabriel Agüero composes a character with many grays in Jezebel, a disturbing Venezuelan film that navigates between political dystopia, the fragility of memory and the best film noir. Hernán Jabes directs this adaptation of the novel by Eduardo Sánchez Rugeles, which reflects the moral crisis of a society in decline through the character of Agüero, young and old. The team took a five-month break from filming so that the actor could get fat, take off his youth and become a man,” the newspaper reported. The vanguard from Spain.
Agüero, trained in theater and co-founder of the group Deus Ex Machina, commented in an interview with The National It had been challenging to play the same character in two timelines due to the physical and psychological change it required. «It was very clear to me that I had to approach the job forgetting what had happened in the first stage of the shoot. In fact, I did not want to see any material to have a sense of forgetfulness, of confused memories, of selective memory». And he added: “That part focuses precisely on how a person deals with memories of him, torments from the past, from a confused, conflicting, broken and contradiction-filled stage.”
The conference, by Matti Geschonneck, won the Best Film Award. Recreate the famous meeting of Nazi leaders by the Wansee lake in Berlin, where the systematic murder of millions of Jews during World War II was planned. The Best Director award went to Yvan Attal for The accused, Best Screenplay to Attal himself and Yaël Langmann for the same film.
The Best Female Performance went to Léa Seydoux for Disappointmenta film by Arnaud Desplechin, which also received the Critics’ Award.
The festival attracted more than 17,000 spectators, reported the newspaper The country, which represents an increase of 54% compared to the previous year, an edition that had capacity limitations due to the pandemic.
The director of the BCN Film Fest, Conxita Casanovas, said: «We are very happy with this edition that has confirmed the potential of the festival. We have enjoyed a great cinematographic atmosphere, with a good evaluation of the festival by the public and critics. The future is here and we are ready to continue advancing and confirm ourselves as the great international film festival that the city of Barcelona claims.