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MALAGA 2014

Malaga makes a strong commitment to Spanish cinema

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- The latest edition of the Andalusian competition, which today unveiled its programme in Madrid, is enthusiastically pinning its hopes on Spanish-language productions from both Spain and Latin America

Malaga makes a strong commitment to Spanish cinema
Elena Anaya in Todos están muertos

One day after appearing in the Andalusian city of Malaga, Juan Antonio Vigar, director of the Malaga Film Festival, has done the same in Madrid before an impressively numerous group of journalists. His determination to support the film industry and its talented players in these difficult times was obvious from his words, as he highlighted the 109 films that were unveiled: “This just goes to show how much interest there is in continuing to make films in Spain.”

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This year’s festival – which is being held from 21-29 March – will start a day earlier than usual and will be extended with a final marathon, in which the audience will be able to sample the award-winning titles within their respective sections. Standing out in the official competition, which consists of 16 feature films, are the opening film Aloft [+see also:
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interview: Claudia Llosa
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, by Claudia Llosa, which premiered in Berlin; the sequel to actor Paco León’s hit Carmina o revienta [+see also:
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, the long-awaited Carmina y amén [+see also:
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, which has a heftier budget than his debut; the second film by Jorge Torregrossa (Fin [+see also:
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interview: Jorge Torregrossa
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), La vida inesperada [+see also:
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interview: Jorge Torregrossa
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, starring Javier Cámara (who recently won a Goya Award); and the road movie filmed in the US by Emilio Aragón, A Night in Old Mexico [+see also:
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, which stars Robert Duvall in the lead role and will be the contest’s closing film, out of competition.

Also noteworthy in the competition are the co-production with Ireland The Food Guide to Love [+see also:
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, a genre-bending romantic-culinary movie directed by Teresa de Pelegrí and Dominic Harari, and the feature debut by the highly praised short filmmaker Beatríz Sanchís, Todos están muertos [+see also:
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interview: Beatriz Sanchís
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, which is being backed by Eurimages and stars Elena Anaya in the lead role. A jury chaired by the filmmaker Manuel Gómez Pereira will be giving out the coveted Biznaga Awards.

With Argentina as the special-guest country, the Malaga Film Festival – “in its most international edition”, according to Vigar – is building another bridge towards Latin America, reinstating the award for the Latin American Territory section, and will be paying tribute to Maribel Verdú, Pablo Berger, José Sacristán and Gil Parrondo.

(Translated from Spanish)

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