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Puerto Rico puts the spotlight on European cinema

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- The Great Beauty and Jimmy P. lead the films selection of San Juan’s Hecho en Europa Festival’s next edition

Puerto Rico puts the spotlight on European cinema

The fifth edition of the Hecho en Europa Festival, which focuses on the best European films of the year for a whole week in San Juan, is about to get started. The Puerto Rican capital will host the event from 3-9 April. 

The selection is lead this year by The Great Beauty [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Paolo Sorrentino
film profile
]
, probably last year’s most successful European movie, which has just put the cap on its enviable career by winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Film (news). Paolo Sorrentino’s film will share the programme with other films such as Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Felix van Groeningen
interview: Felix Van Groeningen
interview: Felix Van Groeningen
film profile
]
, another of the latest big European successes, winner of the César for Best Foreign Film (news); David Trueba’s Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, triumphant at the Goya Awards (news); and Arnaud Desplechin’s Jimmy P. [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Arnaud Desplechin
film profile
]
, starring Mathieu Amalric and, notably, Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro.

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Among the twenty feature films and the four documentary films selected, the festival will also dedicate part of its programme to honouring the role of women in cinema, both behind and in front of the camera. Valeria Golino’s Miele [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Valeria Golino
interview: Valeria Golino
film profile
]
, Emmanuelle Bercot’s On My Way [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, Neus BallúsThe Plague [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
and Maja MilosClip [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Maja Milos
film profile
]
are part of the programme.

Hecho En Europa is organised by Puerto Rico’s Alliance Française, and is a unique opportunity for the audience to discover films which would not normally be distributed on the American island, which is mainly dominated by the Hollywood monopoly. Since its inception, Hecho En Europa has become more and more popular, and has managed to gain a solid audience thanks to its appealing quality programming. In addition, Hecho En Europa provides an opportunity for Puerto Rican professionals to meet their European counterparts, in order to create networks and to exchange their filmmaking experiences. 

All information about the festival can be found on the website.

(Translated from Spanish)

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