10/23/2018.- The 63rd Valladolid International Film Festival celebrated a special screening of the short film Mañana y Siempre (Tomorrow and always), the latest work by writer and director Manuel M. Velasco. His purpose was to send a ‘warm and kind’ message to all the families and people affected by the illness known as ‘the silent disease.’
The main character, Concha Velasco, has worked under her son’s instructions, and so have Fran Perea, Kira Miró, Adriana Torrebejano and the young Paula Apolonio. The tape is part of a larger campaign known as Tus huesos. Mañana y siempre (Your bones. Tomorrow and always), developed by the Fundación Hispana de Osteoporosis y Enfermedades Óseas (FHOEMO), a Spanish foundation for osteoporosis and bone related diseases. Other organisations who have collaborated are the Sociedad Española de Investigación Ósea y Metabolismo Mineral (SEIOMM) and the Asociación de pacientes AECOSAR (Asociación Española con la Osteoporosis y la Artrosis) and the biotechnical and pharmaceutical company Angen and the biopharmaceutical UCB.
The story develops with an eight-year old girl who is enthusiastically and vigorously fighting to help her grandmother, who suffers from this disease (Concha Velasco). She admires her grandmother greatly, stating that she will be there “today, tomorrow and always.”
“The numbers say that only 40% of the patients who have suffered a fracture recover their previous quality of life, their independence and their autonomy. What seems even graver is that near 20% pass away after a hip fracture, and that almost always happens during the first year,” information that transpires in the short film. Afterwards there was a session dedicated to the Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya (ESCAC). The Seminci screens the works of its students since 2007. This year four short films have premiered: Adalamadrina, by Carlota Oms; Nacho no conduce, by Alejandro Marín; Te busco en todos, by Celia Giraldo; and Sin pausa, by José Chachón.