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REC Tarragona turns 17

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- From 4-10 December, the Catalan city will once again be delighting locals, professionals and visitors alike by screening and promoting the most intensely youthful, courageous and innovative films

REC Tarragona turns 17
The Lure by Agnieszka Smoczynska

Headed up by Xavier García Puerto, the 17th edition of the REC – Tarragona International Film Festival kicks off on Monday 4 December, and will unspool until Sunday 10th. Standing out from among all its sections and reflecting the true spirit of the event is Opera Prima, a competition that, as its name suggests, brings together the most outstanding debuts from the last few months. Some such European titles are The Lure [+see also:
film review
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film focus
interview: Agnieszka Smoczyńska
film profile
]
 by Agnieszka Smoczynska (Poland), The Sower [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Marine Francen
film profile
]
by Marine Francen (France/Belgium), Manifesto [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 by Julian Rosefeldt (Germany/Australia/Hong Kong), The Wild Boys [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Bertrand Mandico
film profile
]
 by Bertrand Mandico (France), The Starry Sky Above Me [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Ilan Klipper (France), Club Europa by Franziska M Hoenisch (Germany), Los perros [+see also:
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trailer
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]
 by Marcela Said (Chile/Argentina/Portugal/Germany/France) and Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Gustavo Salmerón
film profile
]
(Spain), a phenomenal documentary directed by actor Gustavo Salmerón.

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The section dedicated to family audiences has this year been rechristened “Mini-REC” and will screen a handful of gems suitable for all audiences, including the Spanish films Summer 1993 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Carla Simón
film profile
]
 by Carla Simón and La vida lliure [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Marc Recha
film profile
]
 by Marc Recha, and the French titles Microbe et Gasoil [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 by Michel Gondry and Big Bad Fox [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 by Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert. “My First Time” will introduce a curious public to three works made during different decades by maestro Pere Portabella.

On Friday 8 December, the gathering will host a professional conference, entitled “Women on Fire. Women in the European Audiovisual Industry”, where seasoned professionals will analyse the reasons behind the disappointing lack of presence of females in fields such as film screenwriting, production and direction.

In the fourth iteration of the “Primer Test” section, directors and producers of film projects at the post-production stage will benefit from expert advice from distributors, festival programmers and international sales agents to ensure that their upcoming films get off to the best possible start.

(Translated from Spanish)

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