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REC Tarragona – still promoting new talents

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- Today sees the start of the 16th edition of the Catalan festival, chock-full of industry activities, talks by experts and screenings of inspiring debut works

REC Tarragona – still promoting new talents
María (and Everybody Else) by Nely Reguera

Starting from today, 30 November, audiences in Tarragona have seven whole days to enjoy the crème de la crème of international films – 18 movies hailing from 11 different countries, all of which are debut works – thanks to the 16th REC Tarragona International Film Festival, an event that keeps its finger on the pulse of the new figures and perspectives in the world of film, directed by Xavier García Puerto (read the interview from this time last year). Standing out among the titles being screened are the comedy María (and Everybody Else) [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Nely Reguera
film profile
]
by Nely Reguera (Spain), the boxing drama The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Juho Kuosmanen
film profile
]
(Finland/Sweden/Germany), directed by Juho Kuosmanen, the delightful animation My Life as a Courgette [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Claude Barras
film profile
]
(Switzerland/France) by Claude Barras and the acclaimed Park [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Sofia Exarchou
film profile
]
(Greece/Poland) by Sofia Exarchou, the winner of the New Directors Award at the most recent San Sebastián Film Festival.

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Catalan filmmaker María Ripoll will be the leading lady in the My First Time section, with a talk and the screening of her feature debut, If Only… (Spain/UK/France/Germany/USA), which, back in 1998, starred the not-so-eminent Penélope Cruz (who is now starring in the recently released The Queen of Spain [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Fernando Trueba
film profile
]
) and Lena Headey (Game of Thrones).

Before Jonás Trueba’s The Reconquest [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Jonás Trueba
film profile
]
(Spain) brings the 16th edition of REC to a close on 6 December, Tarragona will also play host to two titles by filmmakers who are particularly averse to conforming: Mimosas [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Oliver Laxe
film profile
]
(Spain/France/Morocco/Qatar), the multi-award-winning film by Oliver Laxe, and Sleeping Beauty [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Ado Arrietta
film profile
]
, the intensely personal story that Ado Arrietta (France/Spain) filmed after a lengthy hiatus from the feature-length fiction format, which was world-premiered at the latest Seville Film Festival and will hit French screens on 28 December.

In between, a professional day will be held on 3 December, delving into the expansive mechanisms of transmedia audiovisual production, with contributions from Cineuropa’s editor-in-chief, Domenico La Porta, and experts Alicia Kopf, Ananda Pellerin and Francesco Giai, among others. In addition, the third iteration of Primer Test will unspool, offering advice from international specialists to projects at the production stage.

(Translated from Spanish)

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