San Sebastián, September 22 (EFE).- Granadan director Rocío Mesa has won the 6th Dunia Ayaso Prize, awarded by the SGAE Foundation, for her first fiction film “Secaderos”, presented in the New Directors section of the 70th Film Festival of San Sebastián, in recognition of her “free” look and her “feminist vocation”.
The documentary “The Yellow Roof” by Isabel Coixet, on the cases of sexual abuse in the classroom of the theater of Lleida, received a special mention from the jury, which is awarded for the first time in the history of the prize .
The decision was made public this afternoon by the former winner of the prize and president of the jury, the director of Extremadura, Ainhoa Rodríguez, accompanied by the director of the Donostiarra competition, José Luis Rebordinos, the president of the SGAE, Antonio Onetti, and the director of the audiovisual department of the SGAE Foundation, Silvia Pérez de Pablos.
“Secaderos” is a psychedelic rural drama set in the La Vega region of Granada and parallels the story of a city girl who finds a dream paradise of magic and freedom during a rural vacation and a teenager who feels like a cage and yearns for diversity in the city.
The jury rewarded it for “being a cinema of identity, a free film in the search and construction of its own universe” and underlined how fundamental it is to “take risks for a cinema with a feminist vocation in profound minority”.
The film highlights “women with their own accent and idiosyncrasy whose lives and desires are generally forgotten in the audiovisual”, underlined the jury.
As for Coixet’s documentary, it stood out for its vocation to “carry the urgent message to put an end once and for all to the systematic abuses that occur in power relations, where women are terribly vulnerable”.
The Dunia Ayaso Prize, endowed with 5,000 euros, is designed as a tribute to the Canarian screenwriter and director who died eight years ago and rewards the cinematographic works most committed to a gender perspective.