Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia’s Debut ‘The Platform’ Tops Sitges Awards

Published on Oct 12, 2019

Barcelona — Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia’s debut feature “The Platform” was awarded best film and best music at the 52nd Sitges’ Intl. Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia. Gaztelu-Urrutia also snagged the Citizen Kane Award for an up-and-coming director. The prizes come off the back of the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at Toronto’s Midnight Madness.

Produced by Carlos Juárez and David Matamoros for Bilbao-based outfit Basque Films and Barcelona’s Mr. Miyagi respectively, Gaztelu-Urrutia’s debut offers a harsh survival parable of power human relationships in a dystopic multi-floor dungeon prison. Its oft-starving dwellers handle the situation with existential and cannibalistic inclinations. The nightmarish script was co-written by successful Catalan playwright David Desola (“Warehoused”) and Pedro Rivero, co-director of Gkids U.S. pick-up “Bird Boy.”

Bilbao-born Gaztelu-Urrutia is an experienced producer at Basque Films and has directed commercials as well as two shorts. One, “House on the Lake,” won awards

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Author: Emilio Mayorga