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Experimental trails by Rebecca Naughten

15 October 2015 2:40 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Cruz Piñón The 12th edition of Curtocircuíto - Santiago de Compostela International Short Film Festival (the third consecutive year with director Pela del Álamo in charge) took place October from 6-11 in Galicia's capital in north-west Spain. Within Spain’s thriving short film scene Curtocircuíto stands out by offering thoughtfully curated collections of experimental and innovative shorts, with thematic connections providing a through-line within an impressively eclectic line-up.

This year alongside sections dedicated to Jørgen Leth and Aki Kaurismäki, and a range of parallel programmes and cultural events, the 40 films in the competitive programme - including 17 Spanish premieres - encompassed international titles already garlanded with critical recognition (for example, the animation section included World Of Tomorrow (Don Hertzfeldt, 2015) and Waves '98 (Ely Dagher, 2015)) and the latest works by directors such as Ben Russell, Mark Rappaport, and local Lois Patiño.

Volontè Patiño is a key figure in the increasing »

- Rebecca Naughten

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Oscars: Denmark submits Tobias Lindholm's 'A War'

23 September 2015 8:16 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

War drama to be submitted for the Best Foreign-Language Film category.

Denmark has selected Tobias Lindholm’s A War as its entry to the Best Foreign-Language Film Category at the 88thAcademy Awards.

The feature, which premiered at this year’s Venice Film Festival in the Horizons competition, is the story of a Danish military commander who is captured by the Taliban and accused of a war crime when he returns to Denmark.

The national selection commitee selected the film, which was released in Denmark on Sept 10 and is headed for festivals in Zurich and Reykjavik.

A War was picked from a shortlist of three which also included Anders Thomas Jensen’s Men & Chicken and Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary The Look of Silence.

Henrik Bo Nielsen, CEO of the Danish Film Institute and chair of the committee, said the committee chose Lindholm’s drama as it believed the film “would have the greatest chance to seize the attention »

- (Michael Rosser)

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