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Sebastian del Amo’s “Cantinflas,” Alonso Ruizpalacios’ “Gueros” and Ernesto Daranas’ “Behavior” feature in the competition at the 21st Lleida Catalonia Latin American Film Festival, which runs April 10-17.
Lleida, alongside Andalucia’s Huelva film fest, represents the biggest showcase of Latin American pics in Spain. Fest’s official selection comprises ten films in competition.
Argentine cinema, with five titles, dominate the official selection’s list, as Argentine films score frequent distribution runs in Spain. Though the main part screen in a small number of theaters, some of them generate solid box office.
Six of the feature films vying for honors arefrom first-time directors, hinting at a seemingly bottomless Latin American new talent pool.
Standout titles in the official selection from the ever building Latin American film industry includes Oscar Jaenada-starrer “Cantiflas,” Mexico’s Oscar entry, which, distributed by Pantelion, became 2014’s second-highest-grossing foreign-language film in the U.S. »
- Emiliano De Pablos
Directed by Alberto Rodríguez
The disorientating topography of the Andalusian swamplands provides the backdrop for Marshland, an atmospheric murder mystery from Spanish director Alberto Rodríguez. It opens to a series of spectacular aerial shots, taken from directly above, which transform the landscape into something alien and organic, like brightly coloured brain tissue. Birds and agricultural workers moving across the surface only emphasise the strangeness of the territory, showing how limited the perspective is from ground level. In theory, seeing the bigger picture should add clarity – the film returns to these shots at moments of revelation – but, rather than doing so, it exposes the gaps in the characters’ understanding and seems to suggest that some puzzles are too big to solve.
Marshland is set in 1980, a time when Spain is still emerging from the Franco era and adapting to the new democratic regime. »
- Rob Dickie
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