MADRID — ZoomIgualada European TV Movies Festival, which runs Nov. 5-9, puts the spotlight on historical issues in its competition lineup.
Titles include Connie Walther’s “12 heisst: ich liebe dich,” a Germany drama centering on a young Stasi officer, and Franka Potente starrer “La Traque,” a Franco-German drama about the hunt for Nazi war criminals.
From France, Philippe Carrese’s “L’Arche de Babe” turns on a group of European soldiers sheltering from bombings in the Alps during WWII.
Rolando Colla’s Swiss family comedy “Marameo” looks at a father returning to his youthful ways.
Spanish contenders confirm the leading role of regional pubcasters in bankrolling TV movie production.
Alex Sampayo’s suspense drama “El Mirall” sees Catalonia’s TV3 partnering with Galicia’s TVG, and production houses Oberon Cinematografica and Continental.
Thriller “Las Manos del pianista” teams TV3 with Barcelona-based Rodar y Rodar and pubcaster TVE.
Pic is the directorial debut of “The Orphanage” screenwriter Sergio Sanchez.
“Comida para gatos,” a choral love comedy helmed by Carles Pastor, is a Catalonia-Valencia co-production, involving pubcasters TV3 and Canal Nou, as well as producers Diagonal TV, Gaia Audiovisuals and TV ON.
Also in competition is tragicomedy “Las Galas del difunto,” helmed by Jose Luis Garcia Sanchez and produced by Gona Servicios de la Imagen and TVE.
“Galas” forms part of a three-episode miniseries entitled “Martes de carnaval,” scripted by the late Spanish writer Rafael Azcona.
Confab will pay homage to Spanish TV actors Alvaro de Luna and Concha Cuetos, and Catalan production company Diagonal TV.