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CANNES 2014 Spain

Jaime Rosales to be the flag-bearer for Spanish films on the Croisette

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- The drama Hermosa juventud, together with co-productions Relatos salvajes and Still the Water, will be representing Spain, which once again only has a minor presence at a major international festival

Jaime Rosales to be the flag-bearer for Spanish films on the Croisette
Jaime Rosales

The upcoming edition of the Cannes International Film Festival, possibly the most important competition in the world of cinema, has reinforced the indifference shown for Spanish cinema by the major international festivals. Over the last few years, the country’s films have had only a minimal presence at such events. This time, in the absence of any additional information about the titles due to be added before the start of the French competition on 14 May, the only Spanish representative so far will be a director who is a regular on the Croisette, Barcelona-born Jaime Rosales. He will be presenting his latest work, Hermosa juventud [+see also:
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(lit. “Beautiful Youth”), as part of the competition in Un Certain Regard.

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The story of Hermosa juventud, written by Rosales himself together with Enric Rufas, and produced by Fresdeval Films and Wanda Vision, revolves around the day-to-day life of a young couple from the Madrilenian neighbourhood of Carabanchel, a distinctly working-class area. Little else is known about the plot of the film, previously known under the title of Jirafas, rinocerontes e hipopótamos. It has, however, emerged that Torbe, known for his indefinable forays into the world of pornography, will be making a cameo in which he films the lead couple while they are making love. The cast comprises Ingrid García Jonsson, Carlos Rodríguez, Inma Nieto and Fernando Barona.

Rosales, one of Spain’s most demanding great exponents of arthouse cinema, has built up a very good reputation in France, and particularly at the Cannes Festival, where he has presented The Hours of the Day (in 2003, at the Directors’ Fortnight, where he won the FIPRESCI Prize), Solitary Fragments [+see also:
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(in 2007, in Un Certain Regard) and Dream and Silence [+see also:
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interview: Jaime Rosales
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(in 2012, at the Directors’ Fortnight). 

Any other representation for Spain is confined to minority co-productions such as Relatos salvajes [+see also:
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by Argentinian director Damián Szifron, co-produced by the Almodóvar brothers for El Deseo, and Still the Water [+see also:
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by Japan’s Naomi Kawase, produced by Luis Miñarro for Eddie Saeta, both taking part in the Official Section competition.

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(Translated from Spanish)

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