Ione Atenea becomes Panorama Spain’s first winner ever for Horses Die at Dawn


  • Alauda Ruiz’s feature film Lullaby obtains a Special Jury Mention

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Wednesday 27 April 2022.- Ione Atenea’s film Horses Die At Dawn (Spain, 2022, 80 min.) has won Panorama Spain, which for the first time had become in this 21st Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival a competitive section.

The jury composed by Patra Spanaou, Olivia Cooper-Hadjian and Edouard Waintrop announced their decision this morning, April 27.

Among the five features and four short films in competition, the jury has awarded Horses Die at Dawn for “the way in which the director recreated with skill and respect the fate and feelings of three genuine characters, giving us an idea of how their lives could’ve unfolded while displaying a poetic sense.” “It pleased us and surprised us.” The Festival will give a 5,000-euro award to its director.

The jury has also granted a Special Mention to Lullaby (Spain, 2022, 104 min.) Basque director Alauda Ruiz de Azúa’s first film.

Ione Atenea showed at last year’s Film Festival her first film Enero (January). In this edition, the filmmaker from Pamplona has become the first one to win a Panorama Spain award with an excellent work that depicts the lives of the previous inhabitants of a house through the objects they left behind in it.

The Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival, organized by the Culture area of the Gran-Canarian capital’s City Council through Promoción de la Ciudad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, has received public assistance by the ICAA [Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts] and the program for the internationalization of Spanish culture, PICE Visitantes, of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E).

Among the Festival’s collaborators we may find Cinesa El Muelle, El Muelle Shopping Center, Hotel Cristina by Tigotan, the Elder Museum of Science and Technology or Casa África, places which also function as seats or hold activities; as well as other institutions and companies such as Audiovisuales Canarias, Music Library & SFX or the International Bach Festival. Likewise, its market, MECAS, has been possible thanks to the sponsorship of the Gran Canaria Film Commission-Sociedad de Promoción Económica de Gran Canaria and the support of Canary Islands Film and Proexca.

The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the Mid Atlantic University, the Audiovisual Cluster of the Canary Islands, CIMA Canarias, the Asociación Microclima Cineastas de Canarias [Association of Filmmakers of the Canary Islands ‘Microclima’] and Repeople are also collaborators of the Festival.

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