Spanish fest showcases lesser-known movies

Brit helming duo Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe’s punk pic “Brothers of the Head” will open the 21st Cinema Jove Intl. Film Festival on Saturday.

Set in the eastern Spanish city of Valencia, fest showcases lesser-known movies from young, often first-time helmers from around the world, and has become a meeting point for up-and-coming talents.

“Brothers” is a mockumentary about Siamese twins who form a rock group.

Screenplay was written by occasional Terry Gilliam collaborator Tony Grisoni, adapting a 1977 illustrated novel by Brian Aldiss.

Highlights in Cinema Jove’s 10-pic competition includes Japanese-German Nobuhiro Yamashita’s comedy “Linda Linda Linda,” about a school band’s search for a singer; the second Iraqi movie shot after Sadam Hussein’s fall, made under testing circumstances, Mohamed Al-Daradji’s “Ahlaam”; Spanish doc “La habitacion de Elias,” by Emma Tussell; and Chilean Alicia Scherson’s “Play,” a social love fable in Santiago.

Other competish pics include Romanian Ruxandra Zenide’s “Ryna,” which turns on identity and gender conflicts; German helmer Vanessa Jopp’s “Happy as One”; and U.S. pic “Intellectual Property” from Nicholas Peterson, telling the story of a McCarthy-period inventor.

Fest sidebars include an early Steven Spielberg showcase, Stephen Frears and Virginie Ledoyen tribs, a retro dedicated to Spanish director Gracia Querejeta, and the three-day short film mini-mart.

Cinema Jove focuses on “edgy cinema that is searching for new storytelling and artistic formulas,” said fest director Rafael Maluenda.

Cinema Jove closes June 24 with German first-time helmer Jan Henrik Stahlberg’s “Bye Bye Berlusconi,” a satire about a film crew‘s misfortunes when it tries to shoot a movie about Italy’s former prime minister.

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