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New blood in Malaga's official section

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New blood in Malaga's official section

An event that "reflects the future of Spanish film" was how director Salomón Castiel described the upcoming Malaga Spanish Film Festival (March 9-17), which for its 10th edition will present 14 films in its official section, including five directorial debuts.

Miguel Hermoso’s out of competition title Lola [+see also:
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(see news), a biopic on Lola Flores, will open the festival while Francesca Joseph's Four Last Songs was chosen for the closing night. In between, eight days of cinema will bring a mix of established and emerging filmmakers to the coastal city in southern Spain.

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Competing for the Biznaga de Oro for Best Film (and its accompanying €60,000) are Antonio Hernández's El menor de los males (see news), Azucena Rodríguez's Atlas de geografía humana [+see also:
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, Vicente Peñarrocha's Arritmia [+see also:
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, Ricardo Macián's Los ojos de Ariana, Santiago Lorenzo's Un buen día lo tiene cualquiera, Miguel Alcantud's Anastezsi, Álvaro Díaz Lorenzo's Café solo o con ellas, Manuel Lombardero's Tuya siempre [+see also:
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, Antón Reixa's Hotel Tívoli, as well as the debut features Ladrones (Jaime Marqués), Yo (Rafa Cortés), Concursante [+see also:
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(Rodrigo Cortés), Pudor [+see also:
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(David Ulloa y Tristán Ulloa) and Bajo las estrellas [+see also:
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(Félix Viscarret).

The successor to Herrero's Rough Winds will be chosen by a jury headed by director Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi and made up of George Ayoub (distributor), José Infante (writer), Óscar Jaenada (Shooting Star 2007, see interview), Héctor Olivera (director-producor), Rosa María Sardá (actress) and Pepe Vargas (director of the Chicago Latino Film Festival).

Sidebar section ZonaZine will present seven features films (four of which are directorial debuts) and 25 shorts. There is also space for 18 documentaries and a retrospective on Catalan director Bigas Lunas, whose latest film, Yo soy la Juani [+see also:
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, was released domestically last October.

Malaga, a platform for the new blood of Spanish industry, which in its previous editions discovered directors such as Daniel Sánchez Arévalo (see interview) and David Marqués (see interview), is also an important meeting point for European and Latin American film professionals due to the organisation of four film and audiovisual markets.

Over 70 buyers from 30 countries are expected to attend the seventh edition of the Málaga Screenings (March 15-17), while the MERCADOC, TV MARKET and ART TV will take place approximately two months after the festival (May 3-5).

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