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Segovia Film Festival reflects on European cinema

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- The Segovia film festival is the only one in the whole of Europe to have screened all ten films pre-selected for the European Parliament’s latest LUX Prize

Segovia Film Festival reflects on European cinema

Since the Venice Days, the independent section at the Venice Film Festival, in September, several film festivals have screened the three films selected as finalists for the sixth edition of the European Parliament’s LUX Prize. But the Segovia European Film Festival (MUCES), currently being held from November 14 to 20 in the Castilla town, is the only one to be screening the other seven titles that were also pre-selected for the award but didn’t make it to the final cut.

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Along with the three finalists (Miguel Gomes’s Tabu [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Miguel Gomes
interview: Miguel Gomes
film profile
]
from Portugal, Bence Fliegauf’s Just the Wind [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Bence Fliegauf
film profile
]
(photo) from Hungary, and Andrea Segre’s Shun Li and the Poet [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Andrea Segre
interview: Andrea Segre
film profile
]
from Italy), the festival has also screened Joachim Lafosse’s Our Children [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Joachim Lafosse
film profile
]
(Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland), Christian Petzold’s Barbara [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Christian Petzold
film profile
]
(Germany), Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s Caesar Must Die [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
film profile
]
(Italy), Anca Damian’s Crulic: The Path to Beyond [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Anca Damian
film profile
]
(Romania, Poland), Aida Begic’s Children of Sarajevo [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Aida Begić
film profile
]
(Bosnia-Herzegovina, Germany, France, Turkey), Ursula Meier’s Sister [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Kacey Mottet Klein
interview: Ursula Meier
film profile
]
(France, Switzerland), and Cyril Mennegun’s Louise Wimmer [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
(France).

Moreover, the Segovia film festival last Friday, November 16, organised a debate on the identity of European cinema for RNE. Ignacio Samper, director of the European Parliament’s office in Spain, was one of the participants. He highlighted the importance of “quality cinema, auteur cinema, our cinema”, in short “cinema with values”. As for the films selected by the LUX Prize committee, he said that they represented “cinema that affects our daily lives. Every day, we all see scenes like those in the finalist films.”

As for Rosario Alburquerque, general assistant director for Promotion and International Relations at the ICAA, he spoke of the requirements for a film to be considered Spanish or European, respectively according to the ICAA and Eurimages point systems, and insisted on European cinema’s need to refocus on the circulation of works within its territory.

Other participants in the debate included the festival’s director Eliseo de Pablos, Clara Farkas from the Hungarian Film Foundation, Spanish producer Pedro Hernández (Aquí y allá [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Pedro Hernández
film profile
]
), Lithuanian director Kristina Bousyte (Vanishing Waves [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Kristina Buozyte
film profile
]
), and Portuguese actor Manuel Mesquita (Tabu).

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(Translated from Spanish)

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