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More Spanish-made films are being screened in English this year at the 17th Malaga Film Festival
The city is ready to welcome the multitude of Spanish films demonstrating the talent of Spanish and Latin American born film-makers, be they actors, directors, producers or designers.
The festival kicks off today at 12pm with the film ‘No Llores, Vuela’ (Aloft), a film by Claudia Llosa, starring big names such as Jennifer Connelly and Cillian Murphy. The story of a struggling mother who meets her son again for the first time since she abandoned him 20 years earlier.
The film will be shown in English with Spanish subtitles and will be competing for the grand Biznaga de Oro prize. ‘Aloft’ saw great success at the Berlin Film Festival, being the first film to be snatched up by Sony Pictures Classic for a new deal. It will be shown this evening at 8.30pm at the official opening gala at the Cervantes Theatre.
Alongside this, several other English-language short and long films will be shown throughout this celebration of Spanish film talent.
These include films such as the full length ‘Amor en su Punto’ (A food guide to love) directed by Teresa de Pelegri and Dominic Harari, a romantic comedy set in Dublin telling the story of an Irish food writer’s chance meeting with a Spanish curator, full of Spanish passion that causes him to fall head over heels in love.
More big names can be seen in films such as ‘Una noche en el viejo Mexico’ (A night in old Mexico) which features Robert Duvall. Directed by Emilio Aragón, this film will be shown in English with Spanish subtitles and recounts the wild adventures had by Red Bovie after losing all he has and finding his estranged son.
In terms of short films there are several English-language submissions to the competition such as ‘Sequence’ by Carles Torrens and ‘A political story’ by Lander Camarero. Filmed in Spain, ‘Sequence’ explores the encounters of a man who woke up to find the whole world had dreamt about him. ‘A political story’ is a politically-charged mock documentary from the point of view of Lauren Carrol, an American film student.
Other short films include ‘The Hummingbird’ by Rafael Pavón and ‘Inside the box’ by David Martín Porras. The films will be open to the public over the course of the festival.