The 22nd Malaga Film Festival begins today, Friday 15 March, and lovers of the big screen have plenty to look forward to. Over the years the festival, which focuses on film in Spanish, has gained prestige, attracting national and international filmmakers, producers and actors.
There are 22 entries in the main section this year, and festival director Juan Antonio Vigar says 13 of them have been produced in Spain. "We are attracting more entries from this country, but are also opening up to the Latin American sector, which this year is represented by nine films, all of them very different," he said at the festival's launch.
Among this year's entries will be director Santi Amodeo's new film 'Yo, mi mujer y mi mujer muerta', which was co-produced with Argentina and filmed on the Costa del Sol last year. Amodeo has been a judge at the Malaga Festival in the past, and is now hoping to win a 'golden biznaga' awards, modelled on the city's iconic jasmine flower arrangements, for his own film.
Inés de León will be making her debut as a director at the festival with '¿Qué te juegas?', which she describes as "a romantic comedy which laughs at romantic comedies", while Inés Ballús will be presenting 'Staff Only', a film shot in Senegal in which Sergi López is the only professional actor.
Paco R. Baños, who is from Seville, will be at the festival again this year, with his second film called '522. Un gato, un chino y mi padre', in which Natalia de Molina plays "a girl with agrophobia who travels to the end of the world", and Alejo Flah, from Argentina, is presenting 'Taxi a Gibraltar', a 'buddy movie' with Dani Rovira at the wheel.
Netflix is appearing in the official section of the competition with '¿A quién te llevarías a una isla desierta?', the second film by Jota Linares, starring Pol Monen and María Pedraza.
The film festival continues until 24 March, with screenings at different venues including the Cervantes Theatre, Albéniz Cinema and the Echegaray Theatre. A large number of parallel activities and screenings will be taking place throughout the week.