This non-competitive slot programmes twelve of the most outstanding Spanish films of the past year by filmmakers like Alauda Ruiz de Azúa, Alberto Rodríguez, Carla Simón, Isaki Lacuesta, Rodrigo Sorogoyen and Santi Amodeo
Spanish Cinema, which each year brings together Spanish productions released in the last twelve months, will showcase what is considered to be one of the best harvest of Spanish films in recent years during this 67th edition of the Valladolid International Film Festival. The section includes 12 feature films, some of which have won awards at international festivals, by Alauda Ruiz de Azúa, Alberto Rodríguez, Carla Simón, Isaki Lacuesta, Jonás Trueba, Rodrigo Sorogoyen and Santi Amodeo, among others.
Spanish Cinema is a non-competitive section that aims to show a broad overview of the most significant auteur films produced by the Spanish film sector during the last season now screening with English subtitles. This section is basically aimed at foreign journalists and professionals from the world of cinema accredited at our Festival, but it also exposes Seminci audiences to some of the most renowned recent titles in Spanish cinema.
The section features three titles that can be seen in Valladolid before their release in commercial movie theatres. Specifically, The Beasts, the new film by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, The Water and Suro, the respective debut films by Elena López Riera and Mikel Gurrea, which will be screening at Seminci before they reach Spanish cinemas.
Additionally, Spanish Cinema will be showing the first work behind the camera of Alauda Ruiz de Azúa, Five Wolf Cubs, and of actor Miguel Ángel Muñoz, 100 Days With Tata, the only documentary programmed in the section. Viewers will likewise enjoy Carla Simón’s second film, Alcarràs, the winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlinale and Spain’s representation at the 95th Oscars.
Spanish Cinema will screen new works by established directors, such as Prison 77 by Alberto Rodríguez; The Gentiles, by Santi Amodeo (Special Mention from the jury at the 48th Seminci for Astronauts); You Have to Come and See It, by Jonás Trueba, and Isaki Lacuesta’s One Year, One Night. The programme is complete with My Emptiness and I, the third feature film by Adrián Silvestre, the winner of the Rainbow Spike at the 66th Seminci for Sediments, and the animated film Unicorn Wars, by Alberto Vázquez.
Some of these titles have previously won awards at Spanish and international film festivals. The Beasts won the Audience Award for Best European Film at the San Sebastian Festival, where Suro also won the FIPRESCI Award and the Basque Film Award; 100 Days With Tata received the Forqué Award for Best Documentary; The Water was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Festival; Five Wolf Cubs received five awards at the Malaga Festival, including the Golden Biznaga for Best Spanish Film; My Emptiness and I also won the Special Jury Prize at the Malaga Festival; You Must Come and See It won the Special Jury Prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival; and One Year, One Night competed for the Golden Bear at the Berlinale, a trophy that was finally won by the other Spanish film in the Official Selection, Alcarràs.