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VALENCIA 2021

La Mostra di Valencia torna a solcare il Mediterraneo

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- Il cinema prodotto sulle rive del Mare Nostrum riempie la programmazione della 36ma edizione di questo festival, al via da venerdì 15 ottobre

La Mostra di Valencia torna a solcare il Mediterraneo
El lodo di Iñaki Sánchez Arrieta

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The 36th Mostra de València – Cinema del Mediterrani opens on Friday 15 October and will draw to a close on Sunday 24th. This year, the gathering gets under way with a thriller: El lodo [+leggi anche:
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by Iñaki Sánchez Arrieta (Zerø [+leggi anche:
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), which was shot on the Albufera lagoon, and sees Raúl Arévalo and Paz Vega play a married couple who return to the rice fields in order to protect Mother Nature. The festival will wrap with another thriller: El sustituto [+leggi anche:
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by Óscar Aibar, starring Pere Ponce, Vicky Luengo and Ricardo Gómez. In its Official Competition Section, there are 12 Spanish premieres duking it out for the Golden Palm, which, as stated by programmer Eduardo Guillot, “offer a striking overview of this season’s Mediterranean film and will allow audiences to discover titles that are guaranteed to leave no one indifferent”.

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They include Souad [+leggi anche:
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by Egypt’s Ayten Amin, which tells of how a girl struggles to navigate her traditional education and social networks. Another film that offers a glimpse of today’s youth is the feature debut by France’s Louda Ben Salah-CazanasThe World After Us [+leggi anche:
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. Another title hailing from France is Playlist [+leggi anche:
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, the feature debut by comic-book artist Nine Antico

The Croatian contribution is Sonja Tarokic’s The Staffroom [+leggi anche:
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, a drama in which a school counsellor attempts to remain on the fringes of the power dynamics in the institution. Tailor [+leggi anche:
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by Sonia Liza Kenterman is set in modern-day Athens and zooms in on a tailor who has pledged to keep his father’s profession alive.

Meanwhile, Luzzu [+leggi anche:
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is a Maltese drama helmed by Alex Camilleri: it depicts one man’s struggle when he joins the black-market fishing industry. The offering by Mehdi Hmili portrays a journey into a collapsing Tunisian society: Streams [+leggi anche:
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is a co-production with Luxembourg, France and the USA.

Syria is the country of origin of The Translator [+leggi anche:
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by Rana Kazkaz and Anas Khalaf, a thriller that broaches the subject of the Arab Spring. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s representative is So She Doesn’t Live [+leggi anche:
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by Faruk Lončarević, based on the murder of a young woman.

Portugal’s Vencidos da vida by Rodrigo Areias takes place in a decrepit cinema, while the Official Section will be brought to a close by the black comedy Heavens Above [+leggi anche:
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, a co-production between the republics of the former Yugoslavia, directed by Srdjan Dragojevic

For its part, the Informative Section is taking a punt on Alephia 2053, the first animated film for adults in Arabic, directed by Jorj Abou Mhaya and made as a co-production with France; also hailing from Lebanon is Jimmy Keirouz’s Broken Keys (a co-production with France, Cyprus and the USA), in which a pianist attempts to escape from fundamentalists. Rocking up from Turkey, and also zooming in on music, is When I'm Done Dying [+leggi anche:
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by Nisan Dag

Egypt is represented by Trapped, in which Manal Khaled sets the action in Cairo in 2011. From Morocco comes the road movie Zanka Contact [+leggi anche:
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by Ismael El IrakiBlackberry Season, from Kurdistan and helmed by Hasim Aydemir, is an adaptation of a novel by Murat Turk.

The French contingent is made up of Just Like a Woman [+leggi anche:
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by Amro Hamzawi, starring his sister as a woman who sees her dreams of becoming a writer shattered; and Should the Wind Drop [+leggi anche:
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, which was made as a co-production with Armenia and Belgium, and is the feature debut by Nora MartirosyanBitch, a Derogatory Term for a Woman [+leggi anche:
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, directed by Slovenia’s Tijana Zinajić, tackles the subject of depression. This strand is rounded off by North Macedonia’s Only Human [+leggi anche:
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by Igor Ivanov, a portrait of desperate characters doing their best to survive.

Detailed information about all of the sections, tributes and activities set to take place at the Mostra de València can be found on its website.

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