Huesca IFF to honour Paula Ortiz with Ciudad De Huesca
Aragonese director Paula Ortiz will be honoured with the Ciudad de Huesca Prize at the 44th edition of the Huesca International Film Festival of the Upper Aragonese capital city. This distinction seeks to highlight the talent of a young director who comes from the world of short film.
Ortiz’ latest feature The Bride has been acclaimed by national and international critics with awards including six Feroz Awards, four CEC medals and two Goya awards among many other recognitions.
“Paula began in the world of short film where she accumulated big projects and with her two features she has earned the respect and admiration of the whole profession, this is just the beginning, and the organization wants to support this fact’, explained Azucena Garanto, director of the festival.
Born in Zaragoza in 1979, Paula Ortiz studied Film Directing at the Graduate Department of Film and Television of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University (NYU). She has an outstanding career as short film maker, with titles such as History Explained in Five Minutes (2001), If I Could, I’d Go out for a Stroll Every Night (2002), The Face of Ido (2003), Family Photos (2004) and The Gap of Tristán Boj (2008).
Her first fiction feature From Your Window to Mine became one of the hits of the 2011-2012 season. Starring Maribel Verdú, Leticia Dolera, Álex Angulo and Roberto Álamo, the film was awarded the Pilar Miró International Award for Best New Direction and a FIPRESCI Special Mention at the 56th edition of Valladolid’s Seminci.
From the 17th to the 25th June some of her short films will be screened at the theatres. Her much-praised adaptation of Lorca’s play Blood Wedding will also see the festival schedule a special screening in cooperation with the IAM (Aragonese Institute for Women).
The Bride will be screened on 10th June at one of the settings where the shooting took place, Loreto Chapel. This emblematic location of the capital city will revive the magic of this film at a free outdoor screening.
The 44th Huesca International Film Festival is sponsored by Gobierno de Aragón, Diputación Provincial de Huesca, Ayuntamiento de Huesca and Fundación Anselmo Pié.
18 April 2016, by Laurence Boyce