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BERLIN 2015 Spain

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Coixet leads the bipolar Spanish contingent at the 65th Berlinale

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- The co-production Nobody Wants the Night is at the forefront of the raft of Spanish titles, which features everything from a gastronomic documentary to films on the very fringes of the industry

Coixet leads the bipolar Spanish contingent at the 65th Berlinale
Juliette Binoche in Nobody Wants the Night (©Leandro Betancor)

Prior to Isabel Coixet opening the Official Section of the Berlin Film Festival in competition today, Thursday, no Spanish filmmaker had ever done it before: Nobody Wants the Night [+see also:
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interview: Isabel Coixet
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, an emotional journey across frozen lands, is a co-production between France, Bulgaria and Spain, boasting an international cast, shot in English and with its world sales handled by Elle Driver (read more). But this is not the only movie that will allow Spain to make its mark on the gathering, as audiences in the Forum section will be able to see Androids Dream [+see also:
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, the personalised version of Blade Runner made by the mischievous Ion de Sosa, providing a clear indication of the sheer effervescence of the Spanish films that have burst forth in times of economic crisis – but by no means creative crisis. Likewise, Culinary Cinema will boast the world premiere of the documentary Jerez & el misterio del Palo Cortado [+see also:
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, directed by José Luis López Linares and produced by Antonio Saura, a work that reclaims a forgotten wine.

Another title in the race for the Golden Bear is The Pearl Button [+see also:
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, a documentary by Patricio Guzmán – with Spanish (Mediapro), Chilean and French involvement – shot in Patagonia and following in the same narrative vein as the fascinating Nostalgia de la luz (2010). Another documentary, Cooking up a Tribute [+see also:
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, with the Roca brothers, owners of the renowned El Celler de Can Roca restaurant, and directed by Luis González and Andrea Gómez, will screen in the Culinary Cinema section and will pay tribute to Latin American cuisine.

In addition, The Money Complex [+see also:
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, by Juan Rodrigáñez, will be presented in the Forum: the film is based on the 1916 novel of the same name by Franziska von Reventlow, set in Extremadura and shot with the utmost freedom. And thus the two extremes of today’s Spanish film landscape will be rubbing shoulders at the Berlinale – ranging from Coixet’s title, with its budget of over €6 million, to De Sosa's and Rodrigáñez’s self-made, low-budget movies.

(Translated from Spanish)

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