Taxibol by Tommaso Santambrogio won the MICE Award for Best Film in the International section of the 19th edition of the International Ethnographic Film Festival. The jury highlighted that the film is a “striking and aesthetically magnificent proposal, that explores the limits between fiction and non-fition” and that establishes a contrast “between an intimate dialogue that transcends linguistic and cultural barriers, and the subtle portrayal of quotidian relationships in which violence, the colonial past and power dynamics persist in a latent way”. Concha Losada, president of the Museum of Galician People Board of Trustees, handed the award, worth 1000 euros and a trophy, at a ceremony held this afternoon in the Auditorium of the Museum of Galician People, conducted by the actress and creator Carlota Mosquera.  

The jury is composed by Catherine Barbour, Head of the Hispanic Studies Department in Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland; Adriana Páramo, filmmaker and founder of the Galician Film Forum in London; and Eloy Domínguez Serén, filmmaker and teacher. They awarded an Special Mention to Flotacija, by Eluned Zoe Aiano and Alesandra Tatić, for being “a film that makes us coexist in a close, empathetic and respectful way with a mining family that is struggling” with a “remarkable sensibility  in bringing together in a single portrait the complexities of a minority Serbian community, masculinity and intergenerational relationships.”

The MICE Award for Best Galician Film was for Habitar, an Anxos Fazáns short film which, according to the jury, “offers a lucid perspective and contributes to the visibility of transgender and non-binary people experiences through an unconventional narrative.” Goretti Sanmartín, mayor of Santiago de Compostela, handed the award, worth 800 euros and a trophy.

The AGANTRO Award for Anthropology Excellence was for El signo vacío, by Kathryn Ramey. The jury, composed by Iria Vázquez Silva, Víctor Villar Caamaño, and Iñigo Sánchez-Fuarros, members of the Galician Anthropology Association, highlighted the “excellent composition and editing job”, and the director “created a real style guide for field work in ethnographic description” with it.

The CREA Award, awarded by the Galician Association of Filmmaking and Directing Professionals, was for the film A Revolución (é) Probable, by María Ruido, Paula Barreiro-López, and Lee Douglas. The jury, composed by Iria Vázquez Silva, Víctor Villar Caamaño, and Íñigo Sánchez-Fuarros, acknowledged the value of a film that “through a masterful editing labour and with an extraordinary archive material” thinks about the audiovisual memory of a very close revolution. Its 50th anniversary is celebrated this year, with the rise of the extreme right in the Portuguese parliament.

The Audience Award, handed by the county council member of A Coruña Natividade González, was for the film 12 de maio de 1937, by Mar Caldas. 

The programme continues at the 19th MICE

This 19th MICE parallel programme continues tomorrow, on Monday, with the training programmes “Audiovisual creation with touch screen devices”, taught by Coral Piñeiro and Bruno Arias, filmmakers in charge of MICEscola. The training programme, which will take place from 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm, is aimed at every person interested in using the creative audiovisual process in formal and informal education.

On Tuesday, the day before Holy Week holidays, the youngest audience, the children of the house will be the protagonists. In the MICE Petís framework, this screening family programme, in collaboration with the programmer Severiano Casalderrey, will take place. The proposal includes two ethnographic interest selection films, one for 3 to 6 years old children and the other for 7 to 10 years old children. Both proposals will be concurrently screened, in the Auditorium and in the South Wing of the Museum of the Galician People, so that children of the same family with different ages can go together, but each kid can go to the most appropriate screening.

Tickets for all MICE screenings are free of charge. All the information about the programme and how to buy tickets can be checked on the website MICE, which will continue until March 26th, is supported by Santiago’s City Council, A Coruña’s Provincial Council Department for Culture, and AGADIC—the Galician Agency for the Cultural Industries of the Galician Regional Government.