The 45th annual Valladolid International Week of Film (Oct 20-28) handed out its awards with no single film standing out as a walk-away winner.
Top awards were evenly dispersed across a handful of competing films, with US filmmaker Darren Aronofsky and France's Robert Guediguian sharing the top award, the Golden Spike, for Requiem For A Dream and The Town Is Quiet (La Ville Est Tranquille), respectively. Karyn Kusama's Sundance favourite, Girlfight, took home the Silver Spike.
Stephen Daldry won a best new director prize for UK box office sensation Billy Elliot. The Town Is Quiet's Ariane Ascaride and Damian Alcazar of Mexican hit Herod's Law (La Ley De Herodes) walked away with best actor awards. Law also won a best photography prize for Norman Christianson.
Two films went home with special jury prizes: Gerardo Herrero's Friends Have Reasons (Las Razones De Mis Amigos) and Gabriel Mamruth's Le Taxi (The Taxi).