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ROTTERDAM 2014 Spain

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Falling Star by Lluís Miñarro in Rotterdam

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- The Catalan producer’s fiction debut will compete for the Tiger award

Falling Star by Lluís Miñarro in Rotterdam
Falling Star by Lluís Miñarro

After two documentaries (Familystrip [+see also:
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 and Blow Horn, both from 2009), producer Lluís Miñarro has launched himself into the world of independent cinema inside and outside of Spain’s borders. His return to directing will this time have him focus on a fiction project. Falling Star [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Luis Miñarro ­
festival scope
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(or Estrella fugaz) is his fiction film first and has been selected for the International Film Festival in Rotterdam (running on January 22-February 2), where it will be enjoying its worldwide premiere and competing for a Tiger award.

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The producer, whose company Eddie Saeta has supported big international films (among them Liverpool by Lisandro AlonsoThe Strange Case of Angelica [+see also:
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 by Manoel de Oliveira and Palme d'Or-winning Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives [+see also:
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by Apichatpong Weerasethakul), has put his name to his first fiction project, set during the rule of Amedeo of Savoy in Spain, who around 1870 sought to put order and modernise an ungovernable country. Resonating particularly in today’s crisis-ridden Spain, Falling Star powerfully retraces a misunderstood king who closes in on himself. Outside of palace walls, the country is falling apart, inside however, his court is abandoning itself to games, love intrigue, beauty and melancholy.

Lluís Miñarro has gathered a high level cast, with stars including Àlex BrendemühlBárbara Lennie and Lola Dueñas. The screenplay, written by Sergi Belbel and Miñarro himself, was converted into film by photography director Jimmy Gimferrer, who was strongly influenced by artistic pieces of work from the time. Eddie Saeta is the producer and will be guiding sales.  

Other titles have been scheduled for out of competition screenings in Rotterdam: La distancia, a new film by Sergio Caballero, who won a Tiger in 2010 with Finisterrae [+see also:
interview: Sergio Caballero
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 (produced by Miñarro); La cueva, a horror film by Alfredo MonteroSobre la marxa, a film debut by Jordi Morató, guided by Isaki Lacuesta, and the Cuban coproduction Hotel Nueva Isla, by Irene Gutiérrez and Javier Labrador.

Spanish presence in Rotterdam does not end there. Costa da Morte [+see also:
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interview: Lois Patiño
festival scope
film profile
]
 by Lois PatiñoHistoria de la meva mort [+see also:
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film focus
interview: Albert Serra
festival scope
film profile
]
 by Albert SerraCaníbal [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Manuel Martín Cuenca
film profile
]
 by Manuel Martín CuencaEl futuro [+see also:
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 by Luis López Carrasco and El rayo [+see also:
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 by Fran Araújo and Ernesto de Nova, which have all already featured in previous festivals, will be given space in various sections of the festival.

(Translated from Spanish)

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