Fest is premier launch pad for artfilms in Spain
SITGES, Spain — Rachid Bouchareb’s “Days of Glory,” Daniel Burman’s “Family Law” and Marwan Hamed’s “The Yacoubian Building” will compete at the upcoming Valladolid Intl. Film Festival, a premier launch pad for artfilms in Spain.
Traditionally highlighting recent art pic standouts, Valladolid’s main Official Section lineup departs slightly more than usual from the beaten track including a brace of lesser-known hits such as German Buelent Akinci’s “Running on Empty,” which won Berlin’s Perspective Deutsches Kino this year, and two mother-daughter dramas: Agnes Kocsis’ “Fresh Air,” which played well at February’s Hungarian Film Week, and Andres Leon and Javier Solar’s “More Than Anything In the World,” a Guadalajara Film Fest highlight.
The Official Section also features three Spanish world preems: Juan Carlos Falcon’s ’60s black village comedy “La caja,” Alvaro del Amo’s romantic drama “El ciclo Dreyer” and “Mujeres en el parque,” from vet Spanish auteur Felipe Vega, about a separating middle-aged couple.
Pursuing its traditional social issue bent, Valladolid’s main competish also includes Iranian Rafi Pitts’ Teheran drifter tale “It’s Winter” and Jeffrey Jeturian’s Manila slums meller “The Bet Collector.”
Competish is rounded up by Serbian Goran Paskaljevic’s pessimistic five-parter “The Optimists,” Andrea Staka’s Locarno Golden Leopard winner “Fraulein,” Japanese Miwa Nishikawa’s courtroom drama “Sway,” and Argentinian Hernan Gaffet’s tango-tinged dramedy, “Ciudad en celo.”
Stephen Frear’s “The Queen,” Davis Guggenheim’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and Sebastian Schindel’s “Que sea rock!,” about Argentina’s rock music scene, all play out-of-competition.
Valladolid sidebars focus on video games and film, and the relationship between the press and the film biz. Tribute retros go to Satyajit Ray and vet Spanish helmer Pedro Olea, director of high-profile Spanish pics such as “Pim, pam, pum…fuego” (1975) and “The Fencing Master” (1992).
The 51st Valladolid Intl. Film Festival is bookended by Michel Ocelot’s “Azur and Asmar” and “Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos,” directed by Paul Crowder and John Dower.
Fest runs Oct. 20-28.