Spanish Cinema gives the leading role to debut directors

The section includes the directorial debuts of Carla Simón, Eduardo Casanova, Lino Escalera, Elena Martín, Kurro González and David Macián, along with the works of veterans Agustí Villaronga and Albert Serra

‘Verano 1993’, by Carla Simón

10/02/2017.- The 62nd Valladolid International Film Festival has selected 14 feature films for its Spanish Cinema section, which brings together each edition of Spanish films released in the last twelve months, which in this edition is mostly made up of directors’ first and second films. This is the case of debut directors Elena Martín (Julia Ist), Kurro González (La madriguera [The Writers’ Burrow]), David Macián (La mano invisible [The Invisible Hand]), Lino Escalera (No sé decir adios [I Don’t Know How to Say Goodbye]), Eduardo Casanova (Pieles [Skins]) and Carla Simón (Verano 1993 [Summer 1993]), whose first works arrive endorsed by an excellent reception by the public and critics, and by the success that they have had in many international festivals.

Along with the debut directors, the second films of authors such as Chico Pereira (Donkeyote), Giobanna Ribes (La familia (Dementia) [The Family (Dementia)]) and Óliver Laxe (Mimosas), and the third works of Pedro Aguilera (Demonios tus ojos [Sister of Mine]), Victor García Leon (Selfie) will also be shown. The most veteran directors in this selection are Agustí Villaronga (Incierta Gloria) and Albert Serra (La muerte de Luis XIV [Last Days of Luis XIV]).

Spanish Cinema is a non-competitive section that aims to show a wide panorama of the most significant auteur films produced by Spanish cinema during the last season which will be screened with subtitles in English. This section is mainly aimed at foreign journalists and professionals from the world of cinema accredited at our Festival, and it also allows for the Siminci audience to discover some of the most recognized titles in national cinema.

Some of these titles are backed by important prizes. This is the case of Verano 1993, which won the Golden Biznaga of the Málaga Film Festival and was chosen as the Spanish representative at the next edition of the Oscars; Mimosas, Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week Award 2016 and the Special Jury Prize and Best Sound at the Seville European Film Festival; La madriguera, Silver Remi Award for Best Thriller of the Year at the Houston World Fest and the Award for Best Independent Spanish Film at the Blogos de Oro Festival; La muerte de Luis XIV, the French Jean Vigo Award; Julia Ist, Golden Biznaga for the Best Film, Best Director Award and Movistar+ Prize in the ZoneZine section of the Málaga Film Festival; La mano invisible, Audience and Young Jury Award at the Tarragona International Film Festival; No sé decir adios, which won the Special Jury Prize, as well as awards for Best Actress for Natalie Poza, Best Supporting Actor for Juan Diego, Best Screenplay and the Critics’ Jury Prize at the Málaga Film Festival; and Selfie, which received a Special Jury Mention and the Critics’ Prize in the same contest.

‘Selfie’, by Víctor García León

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