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Abycine is all grown up

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- The 18th Albacete International Film Festival proves more than ready to play in the big leagues with the launch of its independent audio visual market, Abycine Lanza

Abycine is all grown up
The Reconquest by Jonás Trueba

This Friday (21 October) will see the doors open for the 18th Abycine Albacete International Film Festival,  under the direction of José Manuel Zamora, with events and screenings running right though to 30 October. This year, starting tomorrow (Thursday) and continuing until Sunday, the festival will include the inaugural edition of Abycine Lanza, its new market for independent cinema. The event is set to welcome industry professionals from all over the world, eager to find out what’s new in the creative filmmaking community. Well-known Spanish writer and director Jonás Trueba will be there in person to support the initiative, facilitating a creative workshop and presenting his latest tour de force, The Reconquest [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Jonás Trueba
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]
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Twenty-five films have been selected (out of over 100 applications) to participate in the market. Some of the most notable titles to be included are: Summer 1993, directed by Carla Simón (read more here); León Siminiani’s Apuntes para una película de atracos (produced by Avalon P.C.); Contrapunto, directed and produced by Pedro Aguilera; El año del descubrimiento, by Luis López Carrasco (Lacima Producciones); Jolene, by Adán Aliaga (Jaibo Films, S.L.:); Life and Nothing More, by Antonio Méndez Esparza (Aquí y Allí Films); and Musa, the latest film from Enrique Rivero (Zeitun Films).

Some outstanding films will be screening at Abycine this year, including The Furies [+see also:
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]
, the debut feature from playwright Miguel del Arco, an intense drama that centres around the kind of dysfunctional family we all know (more here); the enthralling The Next Skin [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Isa Campo, Isaki Lacuesta
film profile
]
, directed by Isa Campo and Isaki Lacuesta;, Neruda [+see also:
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trailer
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]
, Pablo Larraín’s latest gem; the uncompromising Pozoamargo [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Enrique Rivero
film profile
]
, by Enrique Rivero; Los del túnel, an ensemble comedy directed by Pepón Montero, with a cast featuring recent Goya-winner Natalia de Molina, TV showman Arturo Valls and Manolo Solo (who has received a flood of accolades for his brief but commanding performance in The Fury of a Patient Man [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Raúl Arévalo
film profile
]
, also screening in the competition); Bittersweet Days, a romantic comedy about identity and attachment from the hand of Marga Melià; and finally La pols, an adaptation of Llàtzer García’s play of the same name.

An homage to local filmmaker José María Berzosa, comprising screenings of a substantial portion of his extensive filmography, a pop-rock concert and a section dedicated to short films round off the programme for the festival, scheduled to close with Age of Monster [+see also:
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and the presentation of a special award to one of its lead actresses, Candela Peña.

(Translated from Spanish)

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