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Spanish film shines bright at Cinespaña in Toulouse

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- Seven titles are in the running for the Golden Violet at the 24th Cinespaña Festival, which unspools from 4-13 October with actor Javier Gutiérrez, among others, basking in the limelight

Spanish film shines bright at Cinespaña in Toulouse
Seventeen by Daniel Sánchez Arévalo

Today, there will be a double opening screening (out of competition) for the 24th edition of Cinespaña, with 7 Reasons to Run Away (from Society) [+see also:
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by trio of directors Gerard Quinto, Esteve Soler and David Torras, and Hamada [+see also:
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by Eloy Domínguez Serén. From 4-13 October in Toulouse, the gathering will offer an extensive overview of the very best of recent Spanish film output, and will give pride of place to actor Javier Gutiérrez (The Motive [+see also:
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, Marshland [+see also:
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, Champions [+see also:
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and so on).

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Seven fiction features are set to lock horns for the 2019 Golden Violet (which will be handed out by a jury chaired by French filmmaker Dominique Cabrera): Seventeen [+see also:
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by Daniel Sánchez Arévalo (screened out of competition at San Sebastián and set to come out in Spanish theatres this Friday), The August Virgin [+see also:
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interview: Jonás Trueba
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by Jonás Trueba (Special Mention of the Jury at Karlovy Vary), The Days to Come [+see also:
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interview: Carlos Marques-Marcet
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by Carlos Marqués-Marcet (unveiled in competition at Rotterdam), Between Two Waters [+see also:
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interview: Isaki Lacuesta
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by Isaki Lacuesta (the winner of last year’s San Sebastián), Zaniki [+see also:
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by Gabriel Velázquez (first unveiled at Gijón), The Perseids by Alberto Dexeus and Ànnia Gabarró, and the omnibus film La filla d’algú [+see also:
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(directed by the students of the Film and Audiovisual Graduate School of Catalonia - ESCAC, and premiered at Málaga).

The competitive New Directors section will not be lacking in cinematic gems either, with El Rey [+see also:
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by Alberto San Juan and Valentín Álvarez, Rights-of-Man [+see also:
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by Juan Rodrigáñez, El increíble finde menguante [+see also:
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by Jon Mikel Caballero, A Place for Otto by Oriol Puig, The Little Beast by Jordi Ardid, The Queen of the Lizards by Burnin' Percebes (Fernando Martínez and Juan González) and Ojos Negros [+see also:
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interview: Marta Lallana, Ivet Castelo
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by Marta Lallana and Ivet Castelo, in tandem with Iván Alarcón and Sandra García.

Also of note on the jam-packed programme are a competition featuring eight documentaries, a Panorama incorporating a Focus on animation (including Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles [+see also:
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interview: GoCritic! Interview: José L…
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by Salvador Simó and Black Is Beltza [+see also:
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by Fermin Muguruza), 15 recent fiction features (the Cannes titles Pain & Glory [+see also:
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interview: Antonio Banderas
Q&A: Pedro Almodóvar
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by Pedro Almodóvar, Fire Will Come [+see also:
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interview: Óliver Laxe
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by Oliver Laxe and Liberté [+see also:
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by Albert Serra, in addition to Staff Only [+see also:
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interview: Neus Ballús
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by Neus Ballús and Eye for an Eye [+see also:
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interview: Paco Plaza
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by Paco Plaza, among others), short films, and a clutch of modern classics, as well as a strand entitled ¿Dónde está el espíritu de la República? (lit. “Where Is the Spirit of the Republic?”).

Lastly, it’s worth noting that, for the second year in a row, the day of professional meetings known as CinespañaLab will unspool on Tuesday 8 October. Six projects in development and in search of partners have been selected: Calle Varsovia by José Alberto Andrés Lacasta, El cielo en la tierra by María Antón Cabot, Las convulsiones by David Gutiérrez Camps, La lista by María Calafat, Mala Petja by Jordi Ardid, and the documentary El alma y el cuerpo by Victor Forniés. Furthermore, two case studies on two French-Spanish co-productions will be introduced by their French producers: Oliver Laxe’s Fire Will Come (which was a joint effort between Miramemira, Kowalski Films4à4 Productions and Tarantula Luxembourg) and Journey to a Mother’s Room [+see also:
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interview: Celia Rico Clavellino
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by Celia Rico Clavellino (staged by Amorós Producciones, Arcadia Motion Pictures, Pecado Films and Noodles Production).

(Translated from French)

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