(08/09/06) Spanish director Daniel Sánchez Arévalo’s Azul Oscuro Casi Negro (Dark Blue Almost Black) has won the Europa Cinemas Label, it was announced today by a jury of four Europa Cinemas exhibitors. The Label will be awarded at the closing ceremony of the third Giornate degli Autori/Venice Days section at the Venice Film festival tomorrow, September 9.

This marks the third year that the Europa Cinemas Label has been awarded to the Best European film in the Giornate degli Autori/Venice Days at Venice, and complements the Labels awarded at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival.

The jury said thet were “very impressed indeed by the strength of the films selected this year for the Giornate degli Autori. It made our decision very hard, but Azul Oscuro Casi Negro’s highly original screenplay and direction, particularly impressive for a first time director, really struck us. It is a subtle and very human comedy, very well played, and achieved with a delightful light touch, which shows great respect for the characters. We believe that this film demonstrates the strength of European cinema and has the potential to succeed and captivate audiences not only in cinemas around Europe but also beyond.”

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