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Filmadrid readies a gutsy fourth edition

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- From 7-16 June, the Spanish capital will be hosting its most daring and alternative film festival, with premieres of arthouse titles that would be unlikely to prove successful in commercial theatres

Filmadrid readies a gutsy fourth edition
Thirty Souls by Diana Toucedo

On 7 June, the Filmadrid International Film Festival, headed up by Nuria Cubas and Fernando Vílchez Rodríguez, will kick off its fourth edition, set to unspool in the Spanish capital until Saturday 16 June. With a spirit that is just as daring, ground-breaking and alternative as it was at its inception, the programme continues to put its faith in films that are not usually shown in mainstream Spanish cinemas, and indeed, some will never get a release. Said movies can be seen chiefly in the Cineteca, Spanish Film Library, Casa Encendida, Sala Equis, Círculo de Bellas Artes and Complutense University.

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Proof of this can be found in some of the titles on offer in the official competitive section, such as Meteors [+see also:
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(Turkey/Netherlands) by documentarian Gürcan Keltek; the French efforts Also Known as Jihadi [+see also:
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by Eric Baudelaire and The Wild Boys [+see also:
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, a particularly transgressive film helmed by Bertrand Mandico; Germany’s Drift [+see also:
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by Helena Wittmann; the French-Italian production They Still Burn [+see also:
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, directed by Felice D’Agostino and Arturo Lavorato; Spain’s Thirty Souls [+see also:
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by Diana Toucedo; and the experimental Portuguese flick Galileo’s Thermometer [+see also:
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by Teresa Villaverde.

Standing out in the similarly competitive Vanguardias section is the world premiere of the Spanish-Chilean co-production Can Limbo by Martín Baus, the Spanish premiere of the Russian movie Nazidanie by Boris Yukhananov and Aleksandr Shein, and a screening of the Austrian film What I Remember by Antoinette Zwirchmayr. One and the same filmmaker will have the honour of both opening and closing the gathering: South Korea’s Hong Sang-soo, who will get things under way with The Day After and will bring the festival to a close with Claire’s Camera [+see also:
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, starring the great French actress Isabelle Huppert.

Of note among the activities scheduled to take place at Filmadrid 2018 is the Focus dedicated to Italy’s Tonino de Bernardi, with the Spanish premieres of a clutch of his movies, such as Médée Miracle [+see also:
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(2007), Iphigenia in Aulis [+see also:
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(2018) and Appassionate (1999); another devoted to Israel’s Raquel Chalfi (on show, among her other works, will be The Hidden Fountain – The World of Miriam Chalfi); and yet another to the USA’s Khalik Allah. Worth highlighting among the special screenings are a batch of European features, such as the medieval road movie Little Crusader [+see also:
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(Czech Republic/Slovakia/Italy) by Václav Kadrnka, and Eugène Green’s Waiting for the Barbarians [+see also:
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, which was triumphant at the most recent Gijón Film Festival; in addition, Green will lead a workshop entitled “Actors in Cinema” during the festival.

The entire programme and schedule of activities for Filmadrid 2018 can be found here.

(Translated from Spanish)

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