Focus on Spain at Toulouse
by Fabien Lemercier
07/10/2005 - The 10th Toulouse Spanish film festival (Cinespaña) opened today with the screening of Habana Blues [trailer] by Benito Zambrano, a film presented as the closing film of the section Un Certain Regard in May at Cannes (read the article). Running till 16th October, the Toulouse event, which makes a bridge between French and Spanish cinema, proposes a large tour of new talent. On the menu, fifty features, documentaries and experimental films, a busy shorts programme, a tribute to the director Mario Camus (winner notably of the Golden bear Berlin in 1983), a retrospective of the Public Prizes awarded in previous years, a selection of Basque film production, a running theme of Don Quixote and a closing concert by the actress Victoria Abril.
In the running for the Golden Violette, 9 features will attempt to seduce a jury headed by the French filmmaker Manuel Poirier: 15 dìas contigo by Jesús Ponce, Inconscientes [trailer] by Joaquín Oristrell avec Leonor Watling et Luis Tosar, Frìo sol de invierno by Pablo Malo with Marisa Paredes, Roma by Adolfo Aristarain, El calentito by Chus Gutiérrez, Para que no me olvides by Patricia Ferreira, Horas de luz by Manolo Matjí, Pasos by Federico Luppi and El lobo by Miguel Courtois with Eduardo Noriega and Mélanie Doutley which traces the infiltration of ETA in the 1970’s by a man who finds himself caught between two lines of fire.
Also, a Panorama of 15 short films and 12 longs make up the section Voices-Off (7 features and 13 shorts) and a programme of ten documentaries allowing a deeper knowledge of films with little distribution in France. Among the titles being screened, note Semen [trailer, film focus] by Inés París (read the Focus consacré au film), Cámara oscura by Pau Freixas, Heroïna by Herrero Gerardo, Vorvik de José Antonio Vitoria, Cosas que hacen que la vida valga la pena by Manuel Gomez Pereira, Iris by Rosa Vergés i Coma and also two films by Silvia Quer (Febrero and El juego de la verdad).
(Translated from French)