email print share on Facebook share on Twitter share on reddit pin on Pinterest

FESTIVALS Spain

Seville shines spotlight on European film

by 

Seville shines spotlight on European film

The 9th Seville Film Festival (November 6-14), one of the most important events dedicated to European cinema, is underway .

This celebration of European film includes a large number of presentations, events, homages and announcements (such as Saturday’s unveiling of the nominees for the European Film Awards). However, the main attraction is the Official Competition, composed of 16 titles selected from the best of European production from the last two years.

(The article continues below - Commercial information)
series serie

The selection highlights the diversity of European cinema, from Danis Tanovic’s war recollections in Triage [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
to Andrea Arnold’s harsh portrait of a British teenager in Fish Tank [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Andrea Arnold
film profile
]
, taking in along the way Keren Yedaya’s French/Israeli/German film Jaffa [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, Eva Dahr’s Spanish/Norwegian co-production The Orange Girl [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, Catherine Corsini’s French title Leaving [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, and Pipilotti Rist’s Swiss/Austrian co-production Pepperminta [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
.

One of the most striking aspects of the Seville selection is the abundance of co-productions, both between European countries and with states from other continents, which shows the European film industry’s flexibility and ability to co-operate. In fact, half of the works in competition are co-productions.

UK director Nicolas Roeg will preside the Official Selection jury, which will also include author Juan Cobos Wilkins, screenwriter Manuel Hidalgo, German producer Gabriele Röthemeyer and Edinburgh Film Festival’s artistic director Hannah McGill.

Besides the main competition, the festival will host four other competitive sections: EFA (nominees for the European Film Awards, competing for the Audience Award), Eurimages (for works co-financed by the organisation), Eurodoc (devoted to documentaries) and Short Matters! 09 (for short films).

These sections will screen films including Ken Loach’s Looking for Eric [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Cannes 2009
Ken Loach

interview: Steve Evets - actor
film profile
]
, Yorgos LanthimosDogtooth [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Yorgos Lanthimos
film profile
]
, Henrik Ruben Genz’s Terribly Happy [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, Erik Van Looy’s Loft [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg’s Max Manus [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jacques Audiard
interview: Jacques Audiard and Tahar R…
film profile
]
(France), Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Michael Haneke
film profile
]
, Manoel de Oliveira’s Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, and Marco Bellocchio’s Vincere [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Cannes 2009 Marco Bellocc…
interview: Filippo Timi - actor
film profile
]
.

The festival will host a wealth of presentations and peripheral events, as well as various homages and special prizes, including tributes to the UK’s Amanda Nevill (director of the BFI), Oscar-winning Spanish director Fernando Trueba, UK actors John Hurt and Ben Kingsley, and Swedish producer Sören Staermose (who was behind the film adaptation of the Millennium saga). There will also be a special look back at the collaboration between late Spanish screenwriter Rafael Azcona and Italian director Maurizio Scaparro on the film The Last Pulcinella [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, to be screened at the festival.

(The article continues below - Commercial information)

(Translated from Spanish)

Did you enjoy reading this article? Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive more stories like this directly in your inbox.

Privacy Policy