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A raft of Spanish filmmakers make their way to Toronto

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- Pedro Almodóvar, Albert Serra and Óliver Laxe, among others, will present their latest opuses in the Canadian city during its mighty cinematic gathering

A raft of Spanish filmmakers make their way to Toronto
Julieta by Pedro Almodóvar

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF, 8-18 September) will give Canadian audiences the chance to watch Julieta [+see also:
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, the latest film by Pedro Almodóvar, a drama that was in competition in the official section of this year’s Cannes Film Festival: at Toronto it will compete in the Masters section, before being shown at the New York Film Festival. In this same sidebar, the brilliant Carlos Saura will present the world premiere of Jota [+see also:
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. Another Spaniard who trod the Croisette this year was Galician director Óliver Laxe with his Mimosas [+see also:
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, which snagged the Critics’ Week Grand Prize. At the TIFF, Mimosas will take part in Wavelengths, as will Albert Serra with Last Days of Louis XIV [+see also:
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: the Catalan filmmaker will also be showing off his video installation entitled Singularity.

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Other directors with strong personalities who will be present at Toronto include: Fernando León de Aranoa, with his documentary Política, manual de instrucciones; tearaway Nacho Vigalondo and his Colossal [+see also:
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 (which will be having its world premiere – read more), a co-production between Canada and Spain that stars Anne Hathaway as the heroine; and guru of indie cinema Pere Portabella, with Informe General II. El nuevo rapto de Europa, which he presented at Rotterdam this year. The “prequel” by the latter filmmaker, 1977’s Informe general sobre algunas cuestiones de interés para una proyección pública, will be retrieved and screened in the TIFF Cinematheque section, which will also host Pan’s Labyrinth [+see also:
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by Guillermo del Toro (Spain/Mexico/USA).

These auteurs are joined by Juan Antonio Bayona, who will present the world premiere of A Monster Calls [+see also:
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shortly before attending its European premiere at San Sebastián, and Raúl Arévalo, who will bring his The Fury of a Patient Man [+see also:
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along to the official section a few days after doing so at Venice and immediately after it goes on general release in Spain, scheduled for 9 September.

Two Spanish co-productions have also secured a slot at Toronto: The Promise [+see also:
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 by Terry George, made in conjunction with the USA; and Tamara y la Catarina by Lucía Carrera, which was partly financed by Mexico. Another project co-produced with – and shot in – the United States is the short film 025 Sunset Red by Laida Lertxundi, while Decorado by Alberto Vázquez was co-produced by France. Lastly, Montañas ardientes que vomitan fuego, a 14-minute title directed by Helena Girón and Samuel M Delgado, is fully Spanish.

(Translated from Spanish)

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