- Helmer Matteo Garrone will attend Seville to present his crime drama “Gomorra,” which opens the fest in competition Nov.7.
- Italian actor Franco Nero will receive the city of Seville honorary award at the opening gala.
- The Spanish premiere of British comedy “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day” closes the fest.
- Seville celebrates the centennial of British director David Lean, who won a place in Sevillians’ hearts by shooting scenes for “Lawrence of Arabia” in the city. Fest will screen 15 titles helmed by Lean, restored by the British Film Institute and the David Lean Foundation.
- “All About Borau” is the title of the tribute to venerable Spanish director-producer Jose Luis Borau, best known internationally for directing “Poachers” in 1977. Borau will be at Seville Nov. 8.
- Also on Nov. 8, French B.O. record-holder “Welcome to the Sticks” kicks off the European Film Academy Section.
- On Nov. 11, Andalusian Panorama will host the world premiere of Spanish helmer Antonio Gimenez Rico’s Andalusian exile drama “El libro de las aguas.” The same day, Andalusian actress Ana Fernandez (“Alone”) will receive the regional pubcaster RTVA Award.
- Other highlights at Andalusian Panorama include toon pic “The Missing Lynx,” with Antonio Banderas’ Green Moon co-producing, and Jose Francisco Ortuno’s documentary “Ignacio Sanchez Mejias, mas alla del toreo,” about the legendary Spanish bullfighter.
Special screenings at Seville festival
Heavy emphasis on regional fare at European fest