Over 100 European films in Seville
by Vitor Pinto
European cinema will be under the spotlight at the 2nd Seville Film Festival. Running from tomorrow till the 12th of November, the event count on the support of prestigious partners – the European Film Academy, Eurimages and the European Film Promotion (EFP) – to screen over 100 recent feature films, short films and documentaries from the old continent. Opening with To paint or to make love (film focus), the festival proposes a particular focus on French cinema, as well as a retrospective on Patrice Chéreau, whose latest film, Gabrielle (read the interview), will be shown at the closing ceremony.
In the official section, 13 films, still unreleased in Spain, compete for the major prize (Giraldillo de Oro – 60.000€). Among them there are some titles previously seen in international festivals such as Accused, Crash Test Dummies, The beat that my heart skipped, Johanna, The Fatalist or Live and Become (see film focus). The European Film Academy did also select a total of 27 films, competing for the audience award (30.000€) in the sidebar section "Europa_Europa". Two Spanish titles (Crimen Perfecto and Habana Blues) are part of the programme, which also includes, among others, Hawaii – Oslo [+see also:
film profile], Dalecarlians (see film focus), Le Temps qui reste, Manderlay, Gravehopping (read the interview) or La Vita che vorrei (see the making off)… Some of the films co-financed by Eurimages fond over the last two years will also screen in Seville: Brides, Hidden (see the film focus), Fateless, La passion di Giosue L'Ebreo, One Day in Europe, Stranger (o.t. Ono), Paradise Girls, Stolen Eyes, The German Secret and Vendredi ou un autre jour are the 10 titles that will try to seduce the jury composed of university students and win the 30.000€ award.
After Troia (Portugal), the EFP's Touring Shooting Stars Film Programme will continue in Seville, with ten actors promoting their films: Aleksandra Balmazovic (Red Coloured Grey Truck), Johanna Bantzer (Strähl), Jakob Cedergren (Stealing Rembrandt), Dorka Gryllus (Dallas Among US), Monic Hendrickx (Zus & Zo), Mark O'Halloran (H3), Kari-Pekka Toivonen (Producing Adults), Marie Vinck (The Kiss), Franziska Weisz (Dog Days) and Spanish host Unax Ugalde (Cold Winter Sun).
The programme of the festival is complete with sections on documentaries ("Eurodoc"), on films for a young audience ("Generación Europa"), on TV films and documentaries coproduced by Arte ("Colección Arte") and tributes to Hungarian director Béla Tarr (a retrospective of his career) and to Dutch filmmaker Sonia Herman Dolz (with 5 films screening).
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