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ABYCINE 2020

Abycine adapts to current circumstances but retains every drop of its essence

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- The 22nd (hybrid) edition of the Albacete Independent Film Festival will be flaunting its charms between 23 and 30 October

Abycine adapts to current circumstances but retains every drop of its essence
Ane Is Missing by David Pérez Sañudo

People who pay a visit to Abycine never forget it: at this gathering, one always feels part of a huge reunion among friends, as it serves as a meeting point for the freshest and most innovative content that Spanish cinema has to offer. José Manuel Zamora’s team has been working tirelessly to ensure that this is always the case, and in 2020, given the circumstances, the 22nd edition of the Albacete Independent Film Festival will also have a virtual element, having partnered with Filmin. In addition, it has secured support from CMMedia and its platform CMMPlay, through which it is opening a portal to viewers, who will be able to discover content from the Made in Castilla La Mancha section, AB Audiovisual and an archive of the festival’s previously screened films, and even vote for the best short film.

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Standing out on its programme of Spanish indie movies, which always seeks out new creative challenges and throws its weight behind new voices, are titles such as Ane Is Missing [+see also:
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interview: David Pérez Sañudo
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]
, the feature debut by David Pérez Sañudo, which broaches the topic of the lack of communication between a mother and daughter; The Mole Agent [+see also:
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, a delightful movie directed by Chile’s Maite Alberdi, featuring a rookie spy who has infiltrated an old people’s home (which will also be the opening film of the festival); the poetic and moving Camino incierto by Pablo García Pérez de Lara (which will enjoy its world premiere at Abycine); and Last Days of Spring [+see also:
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interview: Isabel Lamberti
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]
by fellow first-timer Isabel Lamberti, which won an award in the New Directors section of the most recent edition of the San Sebastián Film Festival.

Albacete will also play host to screenings of two episodes of the series Nasdrovia, directed by Marc Vigil, starring Hugo Silva and Leonor Watling, and produced by Movistar+; and the animated flick Josep [+see also:
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interview: Aurel
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]
(a co-production between Spain, France and Belgium) by Aurel, who will pick up the 2020 Abycine Young Film Award. The closing title will be Las pesadillas de Alberto Solo by Miguel A Almanza, starring Macarena Gómez, Salva Reina and Álex O’Dogherty, while other cinematic gems at the gathering include The Mystery of the Pink Flamingo [+see also:
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(Spain), the highly pop-centric documentary by Javier Polo; the award-winning and much-acclaimed Schoolgirls [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Pilar Palomero
film profile
]
, the feature debut by Pilar Palomero; Inland [+see also:
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trailer
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]
, a creative foray into a very empty part of Spain, helmed by Juan Palacios; and the work of pure audiovisual art that is Red Moon Tide [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Lois Patiño
film profile
]
by Galicia’s Lois Patiño (the latter three movies are part of the Talentos Lanza section).

Besides all this, Abycine is continuing in its unflinching belief in short films as an essential talent pool for the film industry: the 23 titles selected can be seen at Abycine Cortos, a festival recognised with the AIC seal of quality and a shortlist event for fiction and documentary shorts for the Goya Awards. During the opening gala of this gathering – the poster for which has been designed by Joaquín Reyes as a fond homage to late genius José Luis Cuerda – the Lifetime Achievement Award will be handed out to actress Lola Dueñas, who has recently graced the billing of Love Me Not [+see also:
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interview: Lluís Miñarro
film profile
]
and 7 Reasons to Run Away (from Society) [+see also:
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]
.

Among the workshops that will unspool are the one led by Marisa Fernández Armenteros (recently among the credits of Rifkin’s Festival [+see also:
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]
), homing in on executive production; and the one by Eladio Díaz (Verónica [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Paco Plaza
film profile
]
), focusing on production coordination. And to top it all off, none other than US outsider Todd Solondz will impart a master class to the professionals attending Abycine Lanza.

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(Translated from Spanish)

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