Esa sensación, Pere Portabella and Andrés Duque are the Spanish ambassadors at Rotterdam
by Alfonso Rivera
- The film directed by Cavestany/Hernando/Génisson has been selected by the Dutch festival, which will also premiere the latest documentaries by the Catalan maestro and the Venezuelan filmmaker
While the upcoming Berlin Film Festival has not chosen any Spanish titles, the International Film Festival Rotterdam is indeed investing in the more alternative trends prevalent in the Spanish film industry. Proof of this can be found in the new caper masterminded by Juan Cavestany (People in Places [+see also:
film profile], Dispongo de barcos [+see also:
film profile]), Pablo Hernando (winner of the New Waves Special Prize at the most recent Seville Film Festival for Berserker [+see also:
interview: Pablo Hernando
film profile]) and Julián Génisson (an actor, filmmaker and member of the Canódromo Abandonado group) entitled Esa sensación [+see also:
interview: Juan Cavestany
film profile] (read more), which will be taking part in the Bright Future section. The film, which was shot in a completely uninhibited way over the summer of 2015, and which stars Vito Sanz, Bárbara Santa Cruz and Lorena Iglesias, switches between three stories that aim to astonish audiences.
Oleg y las raras artes [+see also:
film profile] is the latest documentary by Andrés Duque, produced by Intropia Media and Estudi Playtime, with Lluis Miñarro attached as an associate producer. Its world premiere will take place on 2 February, in the Voices section. Duque is well known on the festival circuit for his previous films Iván Z – about the late father of modern Spanish cinema Iván Zulueta, who was behind the cult movie Rapture – and Colour Runaway Dog. This time around, he has studied the figure of controversial Russian musician Oleg Nikolaevich Karavajchuk, and its Spanish premiere will take place at the Punto de Vista Festival.
The Spanish presence at Rotterdam is rounded off by the retrospective being dedicated to the inimitable School of Barcelona and one of its most glorious leaders: seasoned and much-admired director Pere Portabella, whose Informe general II. El nuevo rapto de Europa, which reflects on political changes in Spain, will have its world premiere at Rotterdam, ahead of its Spanish premiere on 5 February.
Lastly, two Spanish short films will be heading to Rotterdam: Tout le monde aime le bord de la mer by Keina Espiñeira, which will be competing for the Tiger Award, and With All Our Cameras by Miguel López Beraza, which will screen in the Voices Short2016 sidebar.
(Translated from Spanish)