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SEVILLE 2016

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Seville pulls out all the stops for its 13th European Film Festival

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- Tributes to actress Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and costume designer Paco Delgado, plus a slew of world premieres, are just some of the attractions at this year’s edition, which kicks off on Friday

Seville pulls out all the stops for its 13th European Film Festival
Le Cancre by Paul Vecchiali

From 4-12 November, Seville will take on a distinctly continental, auteurial and modern flavour as it celebrates the 13th edition of its European Film Festival, directed with élan by José Luis Cienfuegos for the fourth year running. During the gathering, magnificent Italian actress and director Valeria Bruni Tedeschi will receive an enthusiastic tribute, as will costume designer Paco Delgado, from the Canary Islands, who has notched up two Oscar nominations (for Les Miserables [+see also:
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and The Danish Girl [+see also:
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interview: Paco Delgado
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]
). In addition, the festival will play host to the world premieres of 27 films imbued with the same rebellious, bold and transgressive spirit that pervades the various sections of the Seville-based event.

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And so, for instance, a plethora of unique filmmakers will bring their latest works to the banks of the River Guadalquivir in the official section, such as Galicia’s Oliver Laxe (Mimosas [+see also:
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interview: Oliver Laxe
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]
), France’s Alain Guiraudie (who won at this event three years ago with Stranger by the Lake [+see also:
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interview: Alain Guiraudie
festival scope
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]
and will be screening his Staying Vertical [+see also:
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interview: Alain Guiraudie
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]
at this edition), his fellow countryman Olivier Assayas (Personal Shopper [+see also:
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trailer
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interview: Artemio Benki
interview: Olivier Assayas
film profile
]
), Austria’s Ulrich Seidl (Safari [+see also:
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]
, which, like his entire body of work, is sure to ruffle feathers, be it documentary or fiction), the UK’s Andrea Arnold (with her award-winning and controversial American Honey [+see also:
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Q&A: Andrea Arnold
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]
), Bruno Dumont (Slack Bay [+see also:
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Q&A: Bruno Dumont
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]
), Catalan director Albert Serra (with his cinematic gem Last Days of Louis XIV [+see also:
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interview: Albert Serra
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]
) and maestro Paul Vecchiali (who had an extensive retrospective dedicated to him here last year), who will be showing off his recent Le Cancre [+see also:
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.

The New Waves section, a fresh and vibrant showcase of the most original works being made in Europe, will feature Seville regular Pablo Llorca (with Días color naranja [+see also:
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), fellow Spaniard David Macián (La mano invisible [+see also:
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]
), the irrepressible Ado(lfo) Arrietta (Belle dormant [+see also:
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interview: Ado Arrietta
film profile
]
), Enrique Baró (La película de nuestra vida [+see also:
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interview: Enrique Baró
film profile
]
) and Caroline Deruas (Daydreams [+see also:
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interview: Caroline Deruas
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]
), among other courageous filmmakers.

Several documentary works will have a place in the Non-Fiction sidebar, including titles by such names as Salomé Lamas (Eldorado XXI [+see also:
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), Ben Rivers (What Means Something), Eugène Green (Faire la parole), French writer Jonathan Littell (Wrong Elements [+see also:
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]
), Hernán Zin (Born in Syria [+see also:
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]
), Rita Azevedo Gomes (Correspondences [+see also:
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]
) and Marie Losier (O passaro da noite).

And then there is Resistances, a true bastion of the most indie, fresh and alternative variety of Spanish cinema, which will boast movies such as El misterio de Aaron by Carlos Rivero, Los mutantes [+see also:
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]
 by Gabriel Azorín, Marisa in the Woods [+see also:
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]
 by Antonio Morales, The Last Summer [+see also:
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]
by Leire Apellaniz and two works by Kikol Grau: Inadaptados and No somos nada.

In addition, the festival will host Spanish Screenings-Sevilla TV 2016, an international platform for the sale and promotion of Spanish audiovisual products, and has organised a cycle on spirited Irish filmmaker Vivienne Dick. Finally, on 5 November, the gathering will be the venue for the announcement of the finalists for the European Film Awards.

(Translated from Spanish)

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