The 62nd Seminci: 15 titles to compete in the Official Section

The selection includes the latest films by Naomi Kawase, Sally Potter and Agnieszka Holland, together with first and second films by new filmmakers

09/14/2017.- The 62nd edition of the Valladolid International Film Festival will this year include in its Official Section names of consecrated film auteurs with a special attachment to SEMINCI side by side with first and second films by other directors in world cinema. Among the former, the Festival will screen the latest work by Naomi Kawase, Sally Potter, Agnieszka Holland, Joanna Kos-Krauze y Krzysztof Krauze and Isabel Coixet, whose film La librería (The Bookshop) will open this year’s edition.

More specifically, fest-goers will have the opportunity to watch Naomi Kawase’s Hikari (Radiance), a Japanese-French coproduction; Sally Potter’s The Party (United Kingdom); Agnieszka Holland’s Pokot (Spoor) (Poland/Germany/Checz Republic/Sweden/Solovakia); and Ptaki Spiewaja w Kigali (Birds Are Singing In Kigali), a film directed by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze.

Alongside these names, other filmmakers with an interesting cinematic output will be showcasing their work in Valladolid for the first time. Such is the case of Brazilian filmmaker Laís Bodanzky, who will compete with her fourth feature Como nossos pais (Just Like Our Parents); Carpinteros, also the fourth feature-length film by Dominican director José María Cabral; The Nile Hilton Incident, the third fiction feature by Sweden’s Tarik Saleh; and Undir trénu (Under The Tree), another third fiction film by Icelander Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson.

Regarding the new directors taking part in the Official Section, the latter will screen three film debuts together with some other three second films. The former are Daha! (More), by Onur Saylak (Turkey); Leonor Serraille’s French production Jeune femme (Montparnasse Bienvenue); and Me mzis skivi var dedamicaze (I Am Truly A Drop Of Sun On Earth), by Elene Naveriani (Georgia). The second films, in turn, are the Brazilian feature Gabriel e a montanha (Gabriel and the Mountain), by Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa; Jan Speckenbach’s Freiheit (Freedom), a German production; and The Rider, by Chloé Zhao (USA). All of them will be eligible for the Pilar Miró Award to the Best New Director.

In this way, the Official Section of the 62nd edition of SEMINCI, which will run from October 21 to October 28, will include nine feature-lengths directed by women in a programme soon to be completed with new titles.

List of films:

THE BOOKSHOP (La librería), Isabel Coixet (Spain/United Kingdom/Germany) – Opening

CARPINTEROS (Woodpeckers), José María Cabral (Dominican Republic)

COMO NOSSOS PAIS (Just Like Our Parents), Laís Bodanzky (Brazil)

DAHA! (More), Onur Saylak (Turkey)

FREIHEIT (Freedom), Jan Speckenbach (Germany/Slovakia)

GABRIEL E A MONTANHA (Gabriel and the Mountain), Fellipe Barbosa (Brazil/France)

HIKARI (Radiance), Naomi Kawase (France/Japan)

JEUNE FEMME (Montparnasse Bienvenue), Leonor Serraille (France)

ME MZIS SKIVI VAR DEDAMICAZE (I Am Truly A Drop Of Sun On Earth), Elene Naveriani (Switzerland/Georgia)

THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT, Tarik Saleh (Sweden/Denmark/Germany)

THE PARTY, Sally Potter (United Kingdom)

POKOT (Spoor), Agnieszka Holland (Poland/Germany/Czech Republic/Sweden/Slovakia)

PTAKI SPIEWAJA W KIGALI (Birds Are Singing In Kigali), Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze (Poland)

THE RIDER, Chloé Zhao (USA)

UNDIR TRÉNU (Under The Tree), Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson (Iceland/Poland/Denmark/Germany)

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