‘Captain’ to open Valladolid

'Young@Heart' to close Spanish festival

MADRID — Amin Matalqa’s drama “Captain Abu Raed” and Stephen Walker’s senior pop singers docu “Young@Heart” will bookend the Seminci-Valladolid Film Festival.

Opening the fest Oct. 24, “Captain” turns on an airport janitor, mistaken for a pilot by local children. Pic, which is Jordan’s Oscar entry, won an audience award at Sundance.

Valladolid’s Official Section will showcase some 20 films from Spanish and international auteurs.

List includes Amos Gitai’s family drama “Plus Tard,” toplining Jeanne Moreau, and youth drama “Adoration” from Atom Egoyan, who has won the fest’s Golden Spike twice before.

Other titles selected are dramedy “El Frasco,” by Argentine helmer Alberto Lecchi, whose “Nuts for Love” won a Golden Spike in 2000; vet Swedish director Jan Troell’s “Everlasting Moments,” Sweden’s Oscar entry; German helmer Doris Dorrie’s romantic drama “Cherry Blossoms”; and Mexican Rodrigo Pla’s “Desierto adentro.”

Spanish filmmakers in the Official Section include Helena Taberna, who will present Spanish Civil War priest drama “La buena nueva”; Chus Gutierrez’s North African immigration story “Retorno a Hansala,” a Toronto screener; and Nicolas Munoz’s comedy “Animales de compania,” his soph outing.

First-timers at Valladolid include Amy Redford, daughter of Robert Redford, with “The Guitar”; Abel Garcia Roure, with docu “Una cierta verdad”; and Jodie Markell’s “The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond,” based on an unpublished Tennessee Williams script.

Screening out of competition and closing Valladolid Nov. 1, humorous docu “Young@Heart,” handled in Spain by Alta Films, turns on an annual show for 70-year-old or above pop singers covering The Clash or Radiohead.

This Valladolid edition, the first under new artistic director, journalist Javier Angulo, will honor filmmakers Gonzalo Suarez, Marco Ferreri, Rafael Azcona, Bo Widerberg and Shohei Imamura.

Fest also will showcase Javier Espada and Gaizka Urresti’s docu “El ultimo guion” to pay tribute to Luis Bunuel.