Isabel Coixet and Antonio Hernández at the 18th Malaga Spanish Film Festival
by Alfonso Rivera
- The penultimate movie by the Catalan filmmaker and the most recent work by the director of The City of No Limits round off the interesting programme of this increasingly popular gathering
While we published a preview of the Official Section of the Malaga Spanish Film Festival a few days ago (read the news), the remainder of the programme was presented yesterday in the Mediterranean city and today in Madrid. Standing out on the line-up, out of competition, is Learning to Drive, starring Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson, and shot in the USA by Isabel Coixet prior to Nobody Wants the Night [+see also:
interview: Isabel Coixet
film profile]. In addition, Antonio Hernández will present – in competition – his thriller Matar el tiempo [+see also:
film profile], starring Yon González, Ben Temple and Aitor Luna (read more).
The Official Section is topped off by Innocent Killers, by Sevillian director Gonzalo Bendala, starring Miguel Ángel Solá, Aura Garrido and Maxi Iglesias; El país del miedo [+see also:
film profile], an adaptation of the novel by Isaac Rosa, directed by Francisco Espada; the co-production Oliver’s Deal, the first feature by Barney Elliott; Techo y comida, in which Juan Miguel del Castillo addresses the pitiful subject of evictions; and Sólo química by Alfonso Albacete – produced by Rodar y rodar Cine S.L. – which will, however, not be competing for the Golden Biznaga (read more).
Within the more alternative/indie ZonaZine section, audiences will be able to enjoy the feature debut by David Yáñez, Muchos pedazos de algo, an in-depth study of the disillusionment that reigns among young people today; The Money Complex [+see also:
film profile] by Juan Rodrigáñez, which took part in the Berlinale (read the news); the debut by Fernando Balihaut, the self-produced Animal; Todos tus secretos by Manuel Bartual, which tackles the dangers of social networks using a multiscreen format; Todo el mundo lo sabe by Manuel Larraya, starring Bárbara Santa-Cruz in the lead; an account of love, solitude and fear in Cuento de verano [+see also:
film profile] by newcomer Carlos Dorrego; and Mirabilis by his fellow debutante Clara Martínez-Lázaro, a botanical comedy about people lacking roots.
As festival director Juan Antonio Vigar declared this morning: “We have a huge amount of content this year, but above all we have good films.” We will get the chance to verify his statement between 17 and 26 April... and you can be sure that we will keep you updated right here on the site.
(Translated from Spanish)