‘Violin,’ ‘Forbidden,’ ‘Visa’ vie for Huelva kudos

Cantero creates new label, Family Movies

HUELVA, Spain — As the 32nd Huelva Ibero-American Film Festival headed into its final stretch, Francisco Vargas’ “The Violin,” Jorge Duran’s “Forbidden to Forbid” and Juan Carlos Valdivia’s “American Visa” figured as favorites to take top plaudits at Huelva’s kudofest.

In his first edition as Huelva fest director, Eduardo Trias put together a strong competition with three lesser-known competish titles also currying good buzz: Alejandro Doria’s healing priest drama “The Hands,” Santiago Loza’s femme friendship story “4 Women, Barefoot,” and Chilean Alberto Fuguet’s frustrated musician tale “For Rent.”

Playing out-of-competish, fest opener, flamenco musical comedy “Por que se frotan las patitas?,” went over strongly on its world preem last Saturday.

“Visa” and “Hands” also figure among the six nominations announced at Huelva for best foreign Spanish language film at January’s Goya Awards.

Other contenders are Mexican docu “In the Pit,” Chile’s sex drama “In Bed,” Ecuador’s road movie “How Much Further” and Colombia’s foreign-lingo Oscar candidate “A Ton of Luck.”

Running Nov. 19-21, Huelva’s three-day Co-Production Forum attracted a bevy of well-known Spanish producers.

One such producer, Mate Cantero, announced that she has created a new label, Family Movies, to target family audiences with affecting human dramas.

Label’s first title will be “El septimo cielo,” the feature film debut of Spanish distaff helmer Aura Martinez Fresno. Budgeted at Euros 2.5 million ($3.2 million), pic toplines Carmen Maura and Sancho Gracia in a moving story about the close relationship between a granddaughter and her grandfather.

Label will run parallel to Cantero’s long-established Mate Production, Cantero told Variety.

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