EL GANZO wins at Salento

Steve Balderson’s film EL GANZO won the Best Feature Film Award at Salento International Film Festival held in Tricase, Italy 2015.  The film also won Best Actor for Anslem Richardson and Best Cinematography for Daniel Stephens.

Harper’s Bazaar declares the film “hits especially close to home,” and the Salento Jury reports (in Italian): “per la straordinaria capacità, poeticamente espressa, di prospettare come chiavi, sia per la sopravvivenza che per la vita, il recupero della propria interiorità, l’accettazione della propria individualità, a prescindere dai ruoli sociali. Per il messaggio di speranza, ognuno può reinventare ex novo la propria esistenza confidando nell’altro sconosciuto e diverso.”

EL GANZO was produced entirely in Mexico and tells the story of a brief and intense companionship between two travelers: a struggling artist on the verge of a break-through (Anslem Richardson) and a mysterious woman with a hidden and unknown past (Susan Traylor).

The film is also of historical significance.  Merely weeks after filming wrapped, Hurricane Odile struck Los Cabos and destroyed Hotel El Ganzo and nearly everything appearing in the film.  The spirit of the place, and its people, and the magic captured in EL GANZO, no longer exists on Earth in the same way.

Founded in 2004 and set in Salento, the film festival is dedicated to showcasing the very best independent films from around the world.  The award ceremony was held in Piazza Pisanelli, in the heart of the Historic Centre of Tricase.  Director Balderson attended the event and was joined by actress Susan Traylor, cinematographer Daniel Stephens, and producer Jennifer Dreiling.

“It was an honor to share EL GANZO with the people of Salento,” Balderson said, “I’m inspired by their kindness and generosity.”

EL GANZO recently screened in London at the Raindance Film Festival, and will be the centerpiece of the Los Cabos International Film Festival in Mexico, held November 11-15.

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