Tributes to Suarez, Ferreri, Azcona included

MADRID — Gonzalo Suarez, Marco Ferreri, Rafael Azcona, Bo Widerberg and Shohei Imamura will receive tributes at October’s 53rd Seminci-Valladolid Intl. Film Festival.

The edition is the first under journalist Javier Angulo, former editor in chief of film monthly Cinemania, who was appointed artistic director in June.

Valladolid has carved a reputation as a well-oiled launchpad for art pics in Spain.

“My aim is to maintain Valladolid’s identity, but give the festival more spectacle, to have something happening every day,” Angulo said.

“Fest will up the presence of Spanish and Latin American films, and explore the Maghreb and Africa,” Angulo added.

One of Spain’s most singular directors since 1967’s “Ditirambo,” Suarez has twinned a career as a novelist and film-director, alternating between arty film noirs, experimental film essays, various treatments of “La Regenta,” Spain’s greatest 19th-century novel, straighter commercial fare, and lately, digital vid pics.

In 1987, Suarez shot the English-language “Rowing With the Wind,” about Shelley and Byron, teaming a young Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley.

A tribute to the great Spanish screenwriter Rafael Azcona who died earlier this year, “Italian Marriage: Marco Ferreri and Rafael Azcona” focuses on the little analyzed films made by Ferreri once he returned to his native Italy in the ‘60s.

“Killing One’s Father: Shohei Imamura and Bo Widerberg” focuses on two directors who rebelled against the dominant influence of renowned filmmakers — Yasujiro Ozu and Ingmar Bergman.

Valladolid will also showcase 3-D animation and graduation pics from Madrid’s ECAM film school and pay Tribute to Luis Bunuel through an exhibition, “El Perro Andaluz Turns 80.”

The Castille and Leon Symphonic Orchestra will perform the original score of Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis,” screening in a restored copy.

Fest runs Oct. 24-Nov. 1.

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