‘Mar’ makes splash at Jove

Valencian pic opens fest

BARCELONA — Valencian Guillermo Escalona’s second feature, “De espaldas al mar” will open the 22nd Cinema Jove Intl. Film Fest.

Jove focuses on helmers under 35.

Helmed, produced and written by Escalona, “Espaldas” tells the criss-crossed stories of three women: a barmaid, a soccer player and a mentally handicapped woman. Escalona co-directed “The Other Shoe” with Joan Cuevas in 2003.

Highlights in Jove’s competition include “Private Property,” a well-received family drama helmed by Joachim Lafosse (“Ca rend heureux”); “Fishdreams,” Kirill Mikhanovsky’s first feature; and “A Man’s Job,”  helmed by Aleksi Salmenpera, whose comedy  “Producing Adults” was Finland’s 2004 Oscar entry.

Others contending pics are Matija Klukovic’s “Slow Days” and Joachim Trier’s “Reprise.” Both are first features.

Competition also features “The Matsugane Potshot Affair,” directed by Nobuhiro  Yamashita (“Ramblers”), and “Two Looks,” helmed by Sergio Candel (“La Fuerza de la gravedad”).

“A larger concern for film style and the cross-genre nature of many films are the two elements that characterize this Cinema Jove edition,” fest director Rafael Maluenda told Variety.

A parallel shorts competition will be fed by 55 titles.

This year, Jove will hold IberTalent, a new meeting point for young Spanish and Latin-Americans helmers, including conferences and workshops with internationally well-known filmmakers.

Jove takes place in Valencia, the Mediterranean city known for its hedonistic lifestyle, its popular fiesta, the Fallas, and now for the America’s Cup, which is currently taking place.

Fest runs June 16-23.

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