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ABYCINE 2019

The 21st Abycine kicks off this Friday

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- The hulking cinematic vessel that is the Albacete International Film Festival, helmed by José Manuel Zamora, is setting sail on a new voyage full of surprises, excitement and projects

The 21st Abycine kicks off this Friday
A Thief's Daughter by Belén Funes

With each new edition, Abycine is gradually broadening its line of business and ambitions, and intensifying its burning desire to bring the strongest and most stimulating crop of independent films to Albacete. José Manuel Zamora, its director, supported by a team that is no less enthusiastic, has rustled up a programme for its 21st edition (unspooling from 25-30 October 2019) that combines audacity with depth, without neglecting pure fun. On the other hand, Abycine Lanza, its audiovisual market, will be held from Friday until Sunday 27th in new venues, and Cineuropa will report back on the projects being presented there in more detail next week.

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By that time, audiences at Abycine will have begun enjoying its short-film competition, its activities that aim to marry film with local cuisine, its concerts and parties, and features such as A Thief’s Daughter [+see also:
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interview: Belén Funes
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]
, the feature debut by Belén Funes, one of the directors previously endorsed by Abycine Lanza. The film, starring Eduard and Greta Fernández – father and daughter both on and off screen – will, on Friday 25 October, open this gutsy young gathering, which will also host the world premiere of the comedy Amor en polvo, directed by Juanjo Moscardó Riu and Suso Imbernón, and starring and produced by Macarena Gómez. In addition, the sophomore feature by Toni Bestard (El perfecto desconocido [+see also:
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), entitled Pullman, will be premiered in Albacete.

Other big names that will be visiting the Manchegan city over the next few days include that great man of film Lluís Miñarro, who will be picking up the Abycine Special Award and whose latest outing, Love Me Not [+see also:
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interview: Lluís Miñarro
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]
, will get an airing. The movie stars Ingrid García-Jonsson, who, together with David Verdaguer, will receive one of the 2019 Abycine Young Career Awards. The dystopian suspense flick The Platform [+see also:
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interview: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
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]
by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia, which recently emerged victorious at Sitges (and previously did likewise at Toronto), will pick up the 2019 Abycine Young Film Award and will bring the event to a close in style.

Standing out among the various different sections of the festival are several extremely interesting screenings: The Innocence [+see also:
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interview: Lucía Alemany
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]
, the debut film by Lucía Alemany, which features Laia Marull and Sergi López in supporting roles, about the experience of teenagers living in a rural environment and the perils of a lack of communication within the family; Staff Only [+see also:
film review
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interview: Neus Ballús
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]
, the second feature by Neus Ballús, shot in Senegal, in which López also plays a father who is somewhat behind the times; the suggestive and intriguing Fire Will Come [+see also:
film review
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interview: Óliver Laxe
film profile
]
by Galician-French director Oliver Laxe, which has so far not ceased to rake in prizes and garner praise; La filla d’algú [+see also:
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, filmed by a sizeable group of students from the ESCAC (Cinema and Audiovisual School of Catalonia), which is toplined by Aina Clotet; the unsettling but entertaining movie divided into several chapters 7 Reasons to Run Away (from Society) [+see also:
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, helmed by directorial trio Esteve Soler, Gerard Quinto and David Torras, who have brought together one of the most brilliant casts in Spanish cinema; the awe-inspiring subterranean journey on which Víctor Moreno leads the viewer in the European co-production The Hidden City [+see also:
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interview: Víctor Moreno
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]
; the very intimate and personal Jordi’s Letters [+see also:
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interview: Maider Fernández Iriarte
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]
by first-timer Maider Fernández Iriarte; and The Days to Come [+see also:
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interview: Carlos Marques-Marcet
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]
, Catalan filmmaker Carlos Marques-Marcet’s third attempt at tackling the intricacies of personal relationships, starring his pet actor, the Abycine-awarded David Verdaguer himself.

(Translated from Spanish)

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