MADRID -- Six films, including a handful of European premieres, will participate in the official competition of the inaugural Filma Madrid International Film Festival, which kicks off Friday and runs through April 5.
"Shake Hands with the Devil", Roger Spottiswoode
's spotlight on Rwanda's violent ethnic war through the eyes of a U.N. peacekeeper and Satoshi Isaka
's "Zo-No Senaka" are two of the films that will vie for the top Filma Madrid Award.
The non-cash prize, awarded by festival organizers the CIM & ART Foundation, also secures Spanish distribution for the winning film. None of the competition titles has a distributor in Spain.
Also competing for the top prizes are Peter Askin
documentary "Trumbo"; Juan Pablo Villasenor's domestic drama, "Espereme en el Otro Mundo"; (Wait for Me On the Other Side), Shoaib Mansoor
's examination of Pakistani Muslims, "In the Name of God"; and Anjan Dutt
's drama about culture and identity, "Bow Barracks Forever".
The Madrid festival, which started as a private initiative, but has since received backing from public institutions, kicks off with a gala inauguration Friday night that will be attended by Madrid Mayor Alberto Ruiz Gallardon and the cultural attaches of embassies from the various films' respective countries.