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‘Lark’ to open Seville festival

Ponce' Caer' to have world premiere

MADRID — Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s World War I drama “The Lark Farm” will open the 4th edition of the 100% European Seville Film Festival, which will also host the world premiere of Spanish helmer Jesus Ponce’s social comedy “Dejate caer.”

Closing night film at Seville will be claustrophobic thriller “The Man from London,” directed by Magyar filmmaker Bela Tarr.

Fest’s official section will screen 16 film titles in competition — often previously prized pics — including works from established European auteurs such as Germany’s Volker Schlondorff (“Ulzhan”) and Fatih Akin (“The Edge of Heaven”), Blighty’s Ken Loach (“It’s a Free World….”), and France’s Claude Chabrol (“The Girl Cut in Two”) and Jacques Rivette (“Don’t Touch the Ax”).

Festival earmarks Euros 240,000 ($339,360) to winners of the competition sections, payable in coin for the pics’ distribution in Spain.

Presided by German helmer-producer Reinhard Hauff, the official section jury also includes U.S. producer Letty Aronson, Karlovy Vary fest artistic director Eva Zaoralova, U.K. producer Kevin Loader and from Spain actor Juanjo Puigcorbe, helmer-journalist Javier Rioyo and TV director Felix Pinuela.

Seville will screen tributes to Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni and will celebrate the film careers of German director Alexander Kluge and Italian documentary helmer Gianni Mina.

Festival national cinema focus falls this year on the Czech Republic. Fest will also honor Prague-born helmer Jiri Menzel, whose black comedy “I Served the King of England” will also play in competition.

The Seville festival has programmed 150 film titles from 30 European countries.

Underscoring the diversity of recent local production across Europe, the section Europe_Europe include 24 pics from the long list of nominations for this year’s the European Film Awards. For one more year, the festival will unveil the EFA nomination shortlist, this time round on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Fest runs Nov. 2-10.