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‘Ants’ on the march to Malaga fest

Thesp Forque will receive lifetime achievement award

MADRID — Mariano Barroso’s Cuban-set thriller “Hormigas en la boca” (Ants in the Mouth) will open the eighth Malaga Spanish Film Festival, Spain’s biggest film event dedicated to its national cinema.

Fest runs April 22-30.

“Ants,” which was well received at the Lanzarote Winter Film Screenings in February, is one of the frontrunners in the Malaga competition lineup.

A revisionist film noir set in Cuba in 1958 on the cusp of Castro’s revolution, pic turns on a republican maqui (Eduard Fernandez) who is captured for pulling a jewelry heist while his girlfriend (Ariadna Gil) goes on the lam with the loot. He tracks her to Cuba.

Spanish actress Veronica Forque (“What Have I Done to Deserve This?,” “Kika”) will receive the Malaga Prize lifetime achievement award, Carlos Saura a retrospective and vet Spanish helmer Manuel Alexandre a tribute from Spain’s Actors and Performers Rights Collection Society (AISGE).

A new section, The Golden Film, will revisit a Spanish masterpiece, this year Luis Berlanga’s 1964 farce “El verdugo” (The Executioner).

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