Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary
- Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake by Benito Zambrano will be the opening film of the event, where Wim Wenders will receive the Evolution Honorary Award
To celebrate ten years of the Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival (EMIFF), held annually in the city of Palma, Majorca, Benito Zambrano’s (Solas) Majorca-set Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake [+see also:
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film profile] will kick off the festivities, and seminal filmmaker Wim Wenders will be presented with the festival’s highest accolade: the Evolution Honorary Award.
The film gathering has been curated by Majorcan native and festival director Sandra Lipski for the last ten years as a physical, seven-day event for locals and global guests alike. This year, it will take place starting on 27 October, when Zambrano’s film will screen to an invited audience at Palma’s historic opera house, the Teatre Principal. The festival runs until 2 November, and in the words of Lipski: “We are welcoming Zambrano back to the EMIFF ten years after his film The Sleeping Voice [+see also:
film profile] launched our festival’s very first edition in 2012. To celebrate our birthday with a film shot almost entirely on the island, and with a filmmaker we consider part of the EMIFF family, is really special. It’s also an absolute thrill that Mr Wim Wenders will be this year’s Honorary Award winner in what is a truly significant year for the Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate ten years of ‘Bridging Cultures’ – which is what our festival passionately stands for – than to spotlight the inspirational and innovative work of Wim and to pay tribute to how his filmmaking has altered perspectives and pushed the needle.”
The entire 2021 programme will present a total of 139 titles to invited press, industry guests and local audiences; across all categories, the 2021 line-up will showcase 27 world, 31 Spanish and 12 European premieres from 32 countries across the globe. The EMIFF runs for seven days and six nights annually, showcasing a culturally diverse, inclusive and provocative mix of feature films, documentaries and short-form content from across the world.
This year’s line-up includes ten narrative feature films in competition, including the world premiere of US filmmaker William Nunez’s 1920s-set The Laureate (UK), starring Tom Hughes, Dianna Agron and Laura Haddock, and based on acclaimed war poet Robert Graves’ unconventional home life. Following a world premiere at the Raindance Film Festival, British filmmaker Kirsty Bell will be bringing her feature debut, A Bird Flew In, to Majorca for its European bow: the film’s cast includes Derek Jacobi, Frances Barber and Sadie Frost. Los días que no estuve (Mexico) by writer-director Samuel Rios will also enjoy its European premiere, and the Spanish premieres in competition will include Highway One (USA) by Jaclyn Bethany – winner of the Nòt Film Fest Best Ensemble Performance Award earlier this year – as well as Jules Williamson’s comedy-drama Off the Rails (UK), starring Jenny Seagrove, Sally Phillips and the late Kelly Preston.
The EMIFF will celebrate documentary filmmaking with its Documentary Features International Competition and standalone Documentary Features MIB (Made in Baleares) Competition strands – including the European premiere of Costa Rican artist Allegra Pacheco’s Salaryman and the world premiere of twice Goya-nominated Majorca native Marcos Cabotá’s Sonic Fantasy. An impressive 53 narrative films and six docs will screen in the Shorts International Competition section, as well as 13 narrative films and six docs in the MIB (Made in Baleares) Shorts Competition sections.
The complete programme can be found here.
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