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MÁLAGA 2018

Mateo Gil and David Trueba to lock horns at Málaga

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- The two filmmakers stand out in the competitive official section of the 21st Festival of Spanish-language Film with The Laws of Thermodynamics and Casi 40, respectively

Mateo Gil and David Trueba to lock horns at Málaga
Casi 40 by David Trueba

Yesterday, 5 April, the Spanish Film Academy in Madrid played host to the unveiling of the programme of the 21st Malaga Festival of Spanish-language Film, in the presence of its director, Juan Antonio Vigar, and a handful of filmmakers who will partake in said gathering, such as Mateo Gil, who will open proceedings on the 13th of this month with The Laws of Thermodynamics [+see also:
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, a comedy starring Vito SanzBerta VázquezChino Darín and Vicky Luengo. Another heavyweight name in the official section will be David Trueba, who is competing with Casi 40 [+see also:
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, a nod to his first feature, The Good Life, which starred the same lead actors: Lucía Jiménez and Fernando Ramallo.

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The festival will come to a close on 21 April with El mejor verano de mi vida by Dani de la Orden (out of competition), but until then, audiences will be able to see Spanish titles such as Formentera Lady [+see also:
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 by Pau Durá, starring José Sacristán in the lead role; The Distances [+see also:
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 by Elena TrapéSin fin [+see also:
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 by brothers César and José Esteban AlendaAna by Day [+see also:
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 by Andrea JaurrietaEl mundo es suyo [+see also:
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 by Alfonso SánchezMi querida cofradía [+see also:
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, the feature debut by ESCAC student Marta Díaz de Lope; and Memorias de un hombre en pijama [+see also:
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, an animated film (with brief live-action scenes starring Raúl Arévalo) helmed by Carlos Fernández de Vigo, all of which are screening in its official section. 

Standing out among the Latin American movies selected in competition are several European co-productions: Invisible [+see also:
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 (Argentina/Uruguay/Brazil/Germany/France) by Pablo GiorgelliSergio & Sergei [+see also:
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 (Cuba/Spain) by Ernesto Daranas SerranoThe Queen of Fear [+see also:
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(Argentina/Denmark), jointly directed by actress Valeria Bertucelli and so-far assistant director Fabiana Tiscornia; and You Shall Not Sleep [+see also:
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 (Argentina/Spain/Uruguay) by Gustavo Hernández

The official section is topped off by The Voice of Silence (Brazil/Argentina) by André RistumLoveling (Brazil/Uruguay) by Gustavo PizziLos adioses (Mexico) by Natalia BeristainLos buenos demonios (Cuba) by Gerardo Chijona, Wood Eyes (Uruguay/Venezuela/Argentina) by duo Roberto Suárez and Germán Tejeira, and Violeta al fin (Costa Rica/Mexico) by Hilda Hidalgo

A total of 2,286 titles were submitted for this edition, or 46% more than last year, 166 of which ended up being selected and will be on show in the various sections of the festival (documentary, short films, Zonazine, Malaga Premiere and so on). The 21st edition of the gathering is bolstering its industry platform, which was reinstated last year and which has now been baptised MAFIZ (Malaga Festival Industry Zone): it encompasses six events designed to boost Spanish and Latin American film productions, with the ultimate aim of promoting the funding, co-production, distribution and sales of Spanish-language cinema. Thus, the Spanish Screenings – Málaga de Cine, dedicated to Spanish cinema, is now joined by the MAFF (Málaga Festival Fund & Coproduction Event), LatinAmerican Focus (a bilateral co-production forum, with Brazil as the guest country), Málaga Docs, Málaga Work in Progress and Málaga Talent.

The full programme, a rundown of activities and general information about the 21st Malaga Film Festival can be found here.

(Translated from Spanish)

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