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Malaga puts spotlight on young directors

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Malaga puts spotlight on young directors

The 12th Malaga Spanish Film Festival will be held from April 17-25.

The format remains the same despite the arrival of new director Carmelo Romero, who replaces Salomón Castiel. The latter had headed the event since its first edition in 1998 (see news).

The festival promotes Spanish cinema and its new talents and, this year, eight of the 14 films selected in this year’s official competition are debut works.

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These include David Planell’s The Shame [+see also:
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, which will open the event; the comedies Fuga de cerebros [+see also:
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(“Brain Drain”) by Fernando González Molina, 7 Minutes [+see also:
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by Argentina’s Daniela Féjerman, and The Friend Zone [+see also:
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interview: Borja Cobeaga
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by Borja Cobeaga; Samuel Martín Mateos and Andrés Luque’s thriller Guts [+see also:
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; Norwegian co-production The Frost by theatre director Ferran Audí; Mar Coll’s Three Days with the Family [+see also:
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; and Lalo García’s 7.5 Steps.

The selection also features Josecho San Mateo’s Bullying [+see also:
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, Juan Martínez Moreno’s A Good Man [+see also:
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, Lucía Puenzo’s The Fish Child [+see also:
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(presented in the Panorama section at the latest Berlinale), David Carreras’ German co-production Black Flowers [+see also:
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, Beda Docampo Feijóo’s Mad Love [+see also:
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and Carles Torras’ Trash.

These 14 productions will vie for the Golden Biznaga. This top prize will be awarded by a jury presided by Basque director Álex de la Iglesia (The Day of the Beast, The Oxford Murders [+see also:
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interview: Álex de la Iglesia
interview: Gerardo Herrero and Mariela…
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), fellow director Sergio Cabrera, writer Lucía Etxebarría and actors Emma Suárez (who won a Best Actress Goya for The Dog in the Manger in 1997) and Rubén Ochandiano (Broken Embraces [+see also:
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interview: Pedro Almodóvar
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).

The festival includes the alternative film section Zonazine, the documentary competition and Territorio Latinoamericano, which focuses on Latin American titles.

Finally, this edition’s honorary awards will go to actor Juan Diego, director Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), make-up artist Gregorio Ros and producer Enrique Cerezo.

(Translated from Spanish)

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