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A deluge of the very best European films rains down on MUCES

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- Segovia is hosting the 12th edition of its European Film Festival from 15-21 November, featuring a catalogue bristling with highly acclaimed films produced this season on the Continent

A deluge of the very best European films rains down on MUCES
Faces, Places by Agnès Varda and JR

MUCES (the Segovia European Film Festival) kicks off its 12th edition this Wednesday 15 November in the beautiful Castilian city, and as its director, Eliseo de Pablos, points out, it “offers the chance to observe myriad possible perspectives and is a true festival of cinematic gems from an incredible number of countries. It showcases suggestive cinema that is to the point and that goes beyond the spectacle, which digs deep into a variety of approaches, different paths and surprising, multifaceted constructions, playfully exhibiting original, complex, distant and close-up narrative exercises, which never fail to move the viewer. They are movies narrated from the point of view of the masters of cinema, hailing from the continent where the most and the best films are made, embarking on quests that lead the viewer to feel part of these images that raise awareness and make an impact.”

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As proof of the above, standing out among the 112 films (hailing from 37 countries) that will be showcased over the next few days – in addition to a selection of the movies vying for the LUX Prize (read more) – are titles such as Portugal’s The Nothing Factory [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Pedro Pinho
film profile
]
and France’s Barbara [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, which have both just emerged victorious at Seville; the wonderful documentary Faces, Places [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 by the irrepressible Agnès Varda (and JR); the latest effort by Michael HanekeHappy End [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
Q&A: Michael Haneke
film profile
]
; the enthralling Thelma [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Joachim Trier
film profile
]
 by Denmark’s Joachim Trier; the rural gay love story God’s Own Country [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Francis Lee
film profile
]
, the feature debut by British director Francis Lee; and the winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the most recent Berlinale, Félicité [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Alain Gomis
film profile
]
, a co-production between France, Senegal, Belgium, Germany and Lebanon directed by Alain Gomis, which will have the honour of opening the gathering.

Other delights on the programme include a retrospective of Bulgarian-made cinema, tributes to both Fernando Colomo and late visual-effects maestro Emilio Ruíz del Río, and the Lo nunca visto (lit. “Never Before Seen”) sidebar, which will allow audiences to enjoy as-yet unreleased films, such as Marisa in the Woods [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
The Objects of Love [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
and the world premiere of Dos días, a movie shot in Segovia by Miguel Ángel Cárcano during the last edition of MUCES.

Further details of the MUCES 2017 programme can be found here.

(Translated from Spanish)

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