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MÁLAGA 2024

The Malaga Film Festival returns to celebrate Spanish cinema

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- The Spanish city is hosting the 27th edition of the festival, which is growing every year with more titles in its sections and also includes films made on the other side of the Atlantic

The Malaga Film Festival returns to celebrate Spanish cinema
Little Loves by Celia Rico

The 27th edition of the Malaga Film Festival will welcome the stars and professionals of Spanish and Latin American cinema from 1 to 10 March. For example, its official competition section will include 19 feature films (eleven Spanish and eight Latin American), with an additional 18 (fifteen Spanish and three Latin American) in the non-competitive official section. In total, the festival will screen almost 250 titles.

As announced previously, the Chinese-Spanish co-production Dragonkeeper [+see also:
trailer
interview: Salvador Simó
film profile
]
, directed by Salvador Simó and Li Jianping, an animated film for the whole family, will open the festival. And the official competition section will also include El hombre bueno [+see also:
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]
, a film shot almost in secret by David Trueba, starring his friend Jorge Sanz; Celia Rico’s Little Loves [+see also:
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]
will also have its world premiere, with Adriana Ozores and María Vázquez playing a mother and daughter in conflict, and there will also be the world premiere of Saturn Return [+see also:
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interview: Isaki Lacuesta
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]
, from the duo Isaki Lacuesta and Pol Rodríguez.

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The same competition section will also include Nina [+see also:
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interview: Andrea Jaurrieta
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]
, the second feature film for Andrea Jaurrieta (Ana by Day [+see also:
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]
), with Patricia López Arnaiz in a tense modern (and Basque) western; As Neves [+see also:
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interview: Sonia Méndez
film profile
]
, by the new Galician filmmaker Sonia Méndez, supported by Pedro Hernández (Aquí y Allí Films); We Treat Women Too Well [+see also:
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film profile
]
, by the directorial newcomer (until now a costume designer) Clara Bilbao, with Carmen Machi and Antonio de la Torre heading the cast; La casa [+see also:
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]
, the new film by Valencian filmmaker Álex MontoyaHoly Mother [+see also:
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]
, a return to directing by producer Antonio Chavarrías, who competed at Berlinale in 2012 with his penultimate work Childish Games [+see also:
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]
Birds Flying East [+see also:
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]
, a road movie by Catalan Pau Durà; and Un hipster en la España vacía, a rural comedy by Emilio Martínez-Lázaro (creator of the box office hit Spanish Affair [+see also:
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]
).

Alongside these Spanish films, the Latin American films Yana-Wara, by Óscar Catacora (his posthumous work) and Tito Catacora, a film from Peru; the Mexican productions Lluvia, by Rodrigo García Saiz, and Radical, by Christopher Zalla, will compete for the two Golden Biznagas awarded at this event; La mujer salvaje by Alán González (Cuba); Golán by Orlando Culzat (Colombia); Rest in Peace by Sebastián Borensztein (Argentina); and Los terrenos by Verónica Chen and Naufragios by Vanina Spataro, both produced between neighbouring Argentina and Uruguay.

Also, in the official out-of-competition section, the closing comedy La familia Benetón, by Joaquín Mazón (De perdidos a Río [+see also:
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); the Spanish films El salto [+see also:
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]
, by Benito Zambrano; The Quiet Maid [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Miguel Faus
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]
, by Miguel Faus, which had its world premiere at the recent Tallinn Black Nights Festival; Disco, Ibiza, Locomía, by Kike MaílloLa mujer dormida, by Laura Alvea (read more); Invasión, by David Martín-PorrasPuntos suspensivos, by David MarquésMenudas piezas, by Nacho García Velilla; Matusalén [+see also:
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, by David Galán Galindo; El molino, by Alfonso Cortés-CavanillasHistorias, by Paco SepúlvedaLa bandera, by Martín Cuervo Yo no soy esa, by María Ripoll; Por tus muertos, by Sayago Ayuso; and Solos en la noche, by Guillermo Rojas, about the coup d'état of 23 February 1981.

Finally, in the Zonazine section, dedicated to more radical cinema, the recently premiered films at the Berlinale The Undergrowth [+see also:
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interview: Macu Machín
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]
, by Macu Machín, and the Argentine-Spanish co-production The Major Tones [+see also:
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]
, by Ingrid Pokropek, presented in Forum and Generation respectively, as well as Tale of Shepherds [+see also:
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interview: Jaime Puertas Castillo
film profile
]
, by Jaime Puertas Castillo, in the Bright Future section of the IFFR.

The festival will also host its usual industry section MAFIZ (Málaga Festival Industry Zone), the details of which we will disclose shortly.

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(Translated from Spanish by Vicky York)

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