10/27/2018 – On Saturday 27th October, the 63rd Valladolid International Film Festival came to an end with the final parade of film industry figures down the green carpet, attended by stars including Nerea Barros, Miriam Díaz Aroca, Ana Milán, Raúl Olivar, and the winner of the festival’s Golden Spike, Philippe Lesage.
The mayor, Óscar Puente, and his wife, Laura Soria, followed by Seminci director, Javier Angulo, and the councillor for Culture and Tourism, Ana Redondo -wearing a dress by Esther Noriega and a bag featuring the Seminci eye motif by Francis & Teo- were the first to walk down the green carpet, bringing to a close eight days dedicated purely to cinema. From 18:00, the audience at the doors of the Calderón Theatre were able to enjoy the festive atmosphere as they waited to bid farewell to the final protagonists to walk along the Seminci carpet.
Prize winners, jury members and guests paraded down the green carpet representing independent film, in the traditional ritual prior to the Closing Gala. The presenters of the gala Yolanda Flores, presenter of the programme De Película by RNE, and actress Eva Marciel were the first to appear. The parade was then joined by the directors of To the Four Winds, the winner of the Time of History section; Being Impossible, which won the Rainbow Spike, and the teams behind Spanish documentaries Carrasca and Lo posible y lo necesario.
They were followed by international prize winners such as Yeo Siew Hua, Malene Choi and Adam Suzin, who made an unusual appearance on a skateboard. The Unicaja Banco green carpet also welcomed familiar faces from the Spanish film industry, including director Hernán Zin and actress Nerea Barros (Morir para contar), actor Antonio Dechent and actress Ana Milán, as well as the members of the International Jury, including actress Bárbara Goenaga and directors Lucía Cedrón and Miguel Gomes.
The Canadian director Philippe Lesage, winner of the Golden Spike and the Ribera del Duero Prize for Best Director for his film Genesis, arrived on the green carpet to the sound of noisy applause, followed by the team behind the closing film, Head Full of Honey, and other celebrities such as Miguel Gil, Raúl Olivo, Micky Molina and Miriam Díaz Aroca.
Once again, many of the stars on the green carpet were dressed by fashion designers from Valladolid, including several of those who were among the last to parade: Viki Velilla, wearing a dress by Esther Noriega, bag by Francis & Teo and jewellery by Antonio Zúñiga; María Hinojosa, dressed by Irene de la Cuesta, with a bag by Francis & Teo and jewellery by Elena Milhom; Ana Arias, wearing a dress designed by Ana María Canan and a black stole by Raquel Castaño; and Rocío Muñoz, wearing a dress by Ernesto Terrón. The carpet has now been rolled up and stored away in preparation for the coming year, when a new edition of the festival promoting independent cinema will be held.