Fest is Spain's premier TV movie forum
BARCELONA — Franck Guerin’s “Un jour d’ete” (A Summer Day), Elisabeth Scharang’s “Mein Morder” (My Murderer) and Karim Dridi’s “Gris Blanc” are among competition titles at the ZoomIgualada European TV Movies Festival, Spain’s premier TV movie forum.
Produced by Arte France, “Summer Day” kicks off with the consequences of a young man’s accidental death at a soccer match. “Day” won best Euro pic at the 23rd Avignon/New York Film Festival in June.
Made by Vienna-based Wega-Film, “Murderer” turns on memories of a child who was tortured at a Nazi-run psychiatric clinic. “Gris Blanc,” also from Arte France, is a mountain-set suspenser. Underscoring its European pre-eminence in artier TV movies, Arte has a third telepic at ZoomIgualada: Jean-Marc Brondolo’s middle-aged crisis drama, “Aller simple.”
ZoomIgualada will also screen two world preems in competition: Carlos Claver’s sapphic romancer “Electro-shock” set in the last years of Franco’s dictatorship, which is drumming up good buzz; and Galicia-set identity theft thriller “Vida robada” from Vicente Monsonis (“Dripping”).
Spanish presence also includes a second fest outing after Sitges for Juan Calvo’s feel-good social issue film, “The Match,” about a factory welders soccer team.
Other competition titles are Walter Deuber’s new-start-in-life drama “Ricordare Anna” and Philippe Car-rese’s “Liberata, ” a Corsica-set friendship dramedy.
Unspooling out-of-comp players are Bryan Goeres’ fast-moving “The Deal,” with Penelope Ann Miller, Paco Plaza’s “The Christmas Tale,” and “To Let,” a laugh-out-loud psycho landlady tale from Jaume Balaguero (“Dark-ness”).
ZoomIgualada runs Nov. 8-12 in Igualada, a town an hour’s drive from Barcelona.