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Seven hopefuls for the Golden Violet top the bill at Cinespaña

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- Seven fiction features as yet unreleased in France are in competition in Toulouse, alongside a vast programme exploring the diversity of Spanish productions

Seven hopefuls for the Golden Violet top the bill at Cinespaña
Sicixia by Ignacio Vilar

Today sees the start of the 21st edition of the Cinespaña Festival in Toulouse, which will run until 9 October and explore the diversity of Spanish film production, which has recently made a dramatic return to form. The event will boast two opening films: Alex de la Iglesia’s My Big Night [+see also:
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 and the musical documentary Sexo, maracas y chihuahuas by Diego Mas Trelles.

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Seven feature films as yet unreleased in France will duke it out for the Golden Violet 2016, including the gripping and brutal thriller Callback [+see also:
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interview: Carles Torras
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 by Carles Torras (Best Film, Best Actor and Best Screenplay at Málaga last spring) and The Reconquest [+see also:
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interview: Jonás Trueba
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 by Jonás Trueba (which is arriving fresh from the San Sebastián competition and is being released today in Spanish theatres). Also in the running are The Shepherd [+see also:
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 by Jonathan Cenzual Burley (sold by Wide), Sicixia [+see also:
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 by Ignacio Vilar (who pocketed three awards at Cinespaña last year with his previous movie, A Esmorga [+see also:
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), The Next Skin [+see also:
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interview: Isa Campo, Isaki Lacuesta
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]
 by Isaki Lacuesta and Isa Campo (Special Jury Prize, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Editing and Critics’ Award at Málaga; also screened in competition at Karlovy Vary), and two films revealed at the Valladolid International Film Festival: La decisión de Julia [+see also:
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 by Norberto López Amado and Awaiting [+see also:
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interview: Daniela Fejerman
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by Daniela Féjerman (co-produced with Lithuania).

A further five films are on the menu of the competitive New Directors section: The Open Door [+see also:
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 by Marina Seresesky (Golden Tesela at the Alicante Film Festival and Audience Award at the Transilvania International Film Festival), Ira [+see also:
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 by Jota AronakLos comensales by Sergio Villanueva and two titles that were unveiled at Málaga: The One-Eyed King [+see also:
trailer
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 by Marc Crehuet and The Lost Man [+see also:
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 by Christophe Farnarier (Best Film in the Zonazine section).

Besides two other competitive programmes for documentaries (including Dead Slow Ahead [+see also:
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interview: Mauro Herce
film profile
]
 by Mauro Herce, which will be distributed in France on 5 October by Potemkine Films) and short films, Cinespaña will also present a Panorama giving an overview of recent productions, including six fiction features, among others: the thriller To Steal from a Thief [+see also:
trailer
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interview: Daniel Calparsoro
film profile
]
 by Daniel CalparsoroSpy Time [+see also:
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 by Javier Ruiz Caldera (Audience Award at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival), Kiki, Love to Love [+see also:
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interview: Paco León
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]
 by Paco LeónA Perfect Day to Fly [+see also:
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 by Marc Recha (in competition at San Sebastián last year) and two movies revealed at Málaga: Acantilado [+see also:
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 by Helena Taberna and Sicarivs, la noche y el silencio by Javier Muñoz

Also of note are the special screenings for Last Days of Louis XIV [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Albert Serra
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]
 by Albert Serra (popular when it received a special screening at Cannes, and which Capricci will bring out in France on 2 November) and for two documentaries that are due to be distributed in France by Epicentre FilmsEl Bosco. El jardín de los sueños [+see also:
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 by José Luis Lopez-Linares (released on 26 October) and J: Beyond Flamenco [+see also:
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 by Carlos Saura (which was world-premiered at Toronto; released on 4 January 2017). And the rich programme of this year’s edition of Cinespaña will also offer tributes to actor Sergi López and filmmaker Miguel Picazo, who passed away recently, a Focus on Catalan producer Paco Poch and the cinema of the Balearic Islands, an in-depth look at Basque film, and a spotlight on the anarchistic melodramas made between 1936 and 1937. 

(Translated from French)

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