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Spain conquers heart of Rome

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Spain conquers heart of Rome

From April 23-29, Rome’s Farnese Persol Cinema will host the third edition of CinemaSpagna - Festival of Spanish Cinema.

As in its previous editions, the event – organised by EXIT Media and backed by the leading Spanish cultural institutions in Italy – offers the latest in Spanish cinema, beginning with the main section Nueva Ola (New Wave), which this year gives pride of place to Catalan films. Titles include Map of the Sounds of Tokyo [+see also:
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]
, the latest by Isabel Coixet (The Secret Life of Words [+see also:
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interview: Isabel Coixet
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]
) and films by two of the more interesting and sensitive young directors working in Europe today: V.O.S. by Cesc Gay (Krampack) and Little Indi [+see also:
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]
by Marc Recha.

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The Festival, directed by Iris Martín-Peralta and Federico Sartori, includes a retrospective on Argentinean director Daniel Burman (Lost Embrace [+see also:
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), who will be in Rome for the opening; and Otro Mundo, a sidebar of short films, which this years places particular attention on Basque shorts.

Guests include 28-year-old filmmaker Mar Coll, winner of the 2009 Best Debut Director Goya for her acclaimed Three Days with the Family [+see also:
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.

Nueva Ola will furthermore feature new initiatives, such as one dedicated to Cine-Tourism (in collaboration with the Spanish Tourism Office), which includes the screening of Road to Santiago [+see also:
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, the latest, over-the-top comedy by Roberto Santiago.

Lastly, the Festival is opening a window onto the market in collaboration with Catalan Films&TV, Cinecittà Luce, the Roma Lazio Film Commission and API Cinema. The Italy/Catalonia Professional Meeting (April 28-29) will offer a co-production meeting at the Real Accademia of Spain and a series of screenings for industry professionals (also free and open to the public).

(Translated from Italian)

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