Family Law to open Panorama
by Vitor Pinto
After Patricia Ferreira's Something to Remember Me By and Ventura Pons' Amor Idiota, both screened at the 2005 Berlinale, the Spanish contingent at this year's festival has a South American accent, starting with Family Law [+see also:
film profile] by Argentina’s Daniel Burman, which officially opens the sidebar Panorama Special section tonight .
The film, a co-production between Argentina, Spain (indie production company Wanda Visión), Italy (Classic Films) and France (Paradis Films) marks the awaited return of Burman, after the success of his previous feature, Lost Embrace, which won the Jury Award and the Silver Bear for Best Actor (Daniel Hendler) at the 2004 Berlinale 2004.
Also in Panorama is Chema Rodríguez's documentary Estrellas de la línea about of group of Guatemalan prostitutes who organised a football team with the purpose of make society aware of its problems. Shot in Guatemala, the film was entirely produced by Spain's Telespan 2000 S.L..
The third Spanish title to screen in Berlin is El triunfo: The Beat of the Streets [+see also:
film profile]. Mireia Ros, who previously made 1998’s La Moños, now directs a film based on a novel by Francisco Casavella. Set in the poor neighbourhoods of Barcelona, the film was co-produced by Canónigo Films and Castelao Productions, and promises to invade the screen with rumba beats. El triunfo: The Beat Of The Streets is scheduled to be released in Spain on March 24.
Finally, the Spanish slate at the Co-Production Market (February 12-14) is made up of three projects: Álex de la Iglesia’s The Oxford Murders, Álvaro Fernández Armero's Blinkers and María Zamora's Short Distance.
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