16 films by debutants and old hands in the Spanish Cinema section

The fest sidebar brings together nine first and second films and the latest by  Iciar Bollain, José Luis Cuerda, David Trueba, Jaime Rosales and Patricia Ferreira, as well as Isaki Lacuesta’s Between Two Waters

‘Petra’, by Jaime Rosales

10/01/2018.- Seminci’s section Spanish Cinema,  which year after year screens Spanish movies released during the  previous twelve months, will this year consist of no fewer than 16 titles comprising a wide variety of film genra: thirteen fiction features, two documentary features and a documentary short, including a majority of first and second films. Spanish Cinema will also screen the latest work by veteran Spanish directors like Iciar BollainDavid TruebaIsaki LacuestaJaime RosalesJosé Luis CuerdaPatricia Ferreira and Ramón Salazar.

This is a non-competitive section whose goal is to provide a broad view of the most significant auteur films produced in Spain over the last season The films will be screened with English subtitles. The selection is basically targeted at foreign journalists and film-related professionals accredited for the Valladolid fest, although it also enables non-professional audiences to discover some of the most acclaimed titles of current Spanish cinema.

This year’s lineup includes the directorial debuts of Andrea Jaurrieta (Ana by Day), Arantxa Echevarría (Carmen & Lola), Meritxell Colell (Facing the Wind/Land of Loneliness), Alejo Moreno (Diana), Gustavo Sánchez (I Hate New York) and Marta Díaz de Lope Díaz (Mi querida cofradía); as well as the second films by León Siminiani (the documentary  Apuntes para una película de atracos) and Elena Trapé (Les distàncies). The section also includes the short film debut of  Nicolás Cardozo Basteiro (Porque la sal).

Spanish Cinema will also screen the latest work of old hands at filmmaking like David Trueba (Almost 40), Ramón Salazar (Sunday’s Illness), Isaki Lacuesta (BetweenTwo Waters), Jaime Rosales (Petra), Patricia Ferreria (Thi Mai, rumbo a Vietnam), José Luis Cuerda (Some Time After) and Iciar Bollain (Yuli).

A fair number of the selected titles already harvested important awards at national and international film festivals, like the recent Golden Shell won by  Between Two Waters: a prize that turned Isaki Lacuesta into one of the six double top-prize winners at  the Zinemaldia. Also at the San Sebastian Film Festival,  Yuli  bagged the Best Screenplay award for Paul Laverty’s work. In turn,  Petra, by Jaime Rosales, won the awards for best film and best director in the 28th edition of Cine Ceará (Festival Ibero-Americano de Cinema).

Elena Trapé’s Les distàncies  won the awards for best film, best director and best actress (Alexandra Jiménez) in the 21st edition of the Málaga Festival, where three other films showing in this year’s Spanish Cinema were likewise awarded:  Almost 40, by  David Trueba (Special Jury Award); Mi querida cofradía (Audience Award and Silver Bisnaga to the Best Supporting Actress for Carmen Flores); and Facing the Wind (Best Spanish Film in Málaga’s  ZinaZine section and Special Jury Mention at Barcelona’s D’A Film Festival).

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