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CANNES 2003 Spain

An Iberian showcase


The Spanish film industry will be well represented at the sidebar sections of this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Following his debut appearance in 1997 with La buena vida, David Trueba is back this year with Soldados de Salamina, selected for Un Certain Regard. Based on a novel by Javier Cercas, the film is about one of the most dramatic events of the Spanish Civil War, and was produced by Lola Film with Fernando Trueba PC. Also showcasing in this section is Las manos vacias by Catalan director, Marc Recha. The film was co-produced by Spain and France and stars Olivier Gourmet and Eduoardo Noriega.
Jaime Rosales’ directorial debut, Las horas del dia was selected for Directors’ Fortnight while Koldo Alamandoz’s short film, Belarra will compete in Critics’ Week.
A large contingent of Spanish actors will gather on the Croisette, lead by Penelope Cruz, whose Fanfan la Tulipe will open the 56th festival on 14 May. Her companions include Victoria Abril, Jordi Mollà, Ana Torrent and Rossy De Palma who is one of the stars of Peter Greenaway’s The Tulse Luper Suitcase – The Moab Story.

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(Translated from Italian)

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