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Written and directed by Isaki Lacuesta, "The Double Steps" ("Los pasos dobles") is a Spanish-Swiss production that tells a mystical and superstitious story, a mysterious blend of fiction and fact. The film centers on a legend involving real-life 20th century French writer/painter François Augiéras (1925-1971), whose spirit seems to have reincarnated in a West African villager in the northwest of Mali. It is said that while he was alive, Augiéras hid in a military bunker in the desert and painted all the walls. Before fleeing the site, he sealed the entrance with a boulder; in time, the secret location was buried in the sand by the wind. »
- Vanessa Martinez
The 62nd San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 19-27) has revealed the three Spanish titles that will compete for the Golden Shell at this year’s event.
Filmmaker Alberto Rodríguez will screen Marshland (La isla mínima), a thriller set in post-Franco Spain about the disappearance of two teenage girls that combines dark thriller elements with the trauma of a country freshly out of a dictatorship. José Antonio Félez (Cousinhood, Family United) produces.
His second feature, Magical Girl, is more mainstream and tells the story of an unemployed father who will do anything to buy his daughter her dream dress. Legendary actor José Sacristán is cast in the film, which deals with the current economic crisis impacting Spain.
A surprise came with the selection of Loreak - the Basque »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Juan Sarda)
Madrid — Alberto Rodriguez’s “Marshland,” Carlos Vermut’s “Magical Girl” and “Loreak,” from Jose Mari Goenaga and Jon Garano, will face off in competition at the 62nd San Sebastian Festival, the highest-profile movie event in the Spanish-speaking world.
With a special screening of Iciar Bollain’s “En tierra extrana” also in the mix, the three titles lead a muscular, multifarious Spanish presence at San Sebastian that has rapidly become a trademark under energetic Jose Luis Rebordinos, gearing up for his fourth edition as San Sebastian director.
Some trends: A welcome reconsideration of Spain’s recent past, often from a more sophisticated or comedic viewpoint; the multi-presence of Spain’s crisis in various titles; a fore-fronting of films from the Basque Country which play in most of the festival’s main sections, as well as receiving a dedicated Zinemira showcase.
Unveiled Thursday in Madrid to a packed Spanish industry crowd, the Spanish presence, »
- John Hopewell
3 items from 2014
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