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Cinespaña showcases Spanish cinema in Toulouse

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- From 5-14 October, the 23rd Cinespaña Festival will treat audiences to 118 top-notch Spanish films, and Álex de la Iglesia and Barbara Lennie will be in the limelight

Cinespaña showcases Spanish cinema in Toulouse
Sunday's Illness by Ramón Salazar

The 23rd edition of Cinespaña will tonight be opened by two films – namely, The Motive [+see also:
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 by Manuel Martin Cuenca and Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle [+see also:
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 by Gustavo Salmerón. From 5-14 October, the festival will unspool in Toulouse, offering an exceedingly broad overview of the crème de la crème of current Spanish film output, with 118 movies getting an airing (76 of which are features).

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Two of the seven fiction features duking it out for the 2018 Golden Violet are rocking up straight from San Sebastián: the excellent Quién te cantará [+see also:
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interview: Carlos Vermut
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by Carlos Vermut (which will be released in France on 24 October by Le Pacte) and The Deer [+see also:
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interview: Koldo Almandoz
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 by Koldo Almandoz (revealed in the New Directors section). Other titles set to lock horns include Carmen & Lola [+see also:
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interview: Arantxa Echevarría
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by Arantxa Echevarría (a feature debut unveiled in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, which will be released in France on 14 November by Eurozoom), the spellbinding Sunday’s Illness [+see also:
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by Ramón Salazar (the real revelation of the Berlinale Panorama and now available to view on Netflix), Distances [+see also:
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interview: Elena Trapé
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by Elena Trapé (Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress at Malaga last April), Thirty Souls [+see also:
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interview: Diana Toucedo
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by Diana Toucedo (which also caused a stir in the Berlinale Panorama) and the inventive feature debut by Sergi Portabella, Jean-François and the Meaning of Life [+see also:
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Nor is the competitive New Directors section lacking in suitable attractions, particularly with Journey to a Mother’s Room [+see also:
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 by Celia Rico Clavellino (Special Mention in the New Directors competition at San Sebastián and due to be released in Spanish theatres today), Ana by Day [+see also:
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 by Andrea Jaurrieta (revealed in competition at Malaga), Dhogs [+see also:
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by Andrés Goteira (which was premiered at BAFICI), Formentera Lady [+see also:
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by Pau Durà (which took part in Cinema Jove in Valencia), Killing God [+see also:
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by Caye Casas and Albert Pintó (Audience Award at Sitges) and three movies unveiled at Seville last year: The Wild Season [+see also:
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by Anxos Fazáns, Undergrowth [+see also:
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by David Gutiérrez Camps and Anchor and Hope [+see also:
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by Carlos Marques-Marcet.

Also of note is a competition for documentaries that will gather together six features, five of which are helmed by women: See You Tomorrow God Willing [+see also:
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 by Ainara VeraHayati (mi vida) by Sofi Escudé and Liliana TorresLo que dirán by Nila Núñez UrgellRêve de mousse by Elena Molina and Ta acorda ba tu el Filipinas? by Sally Gutiérrez. They are joined by Alberto García-Alix. La línea de sombra [+see also:
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 by Nicolás Combarro.

The jam-packed Cinespaña programme is rounded off by a Panorama that includes three preview screenings, with the animated movie Another Day of Life [+see also:
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interview: Raul de la Fuente
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 by Raúl de la Fuente and Damian Nenow (revealed at Cannes), the Venice title A Twelve-Year Night [+see also:
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interview: Álvaro Brechner
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 by Álvaro Brechner and The Bookshop [+see also:
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 by Isabel Coixet (which took part in the Berlinale), as well as an overview of 15 recent fiction features and four documentaries.

Worth highlighting amongst the myriad events on the agenda are chats with Álex de la Iglesia (eight of his films and a three-title carte blanche will be presented as part of a sidebar on Spanish black comedy, and de la Iglesia will be joined in Toulouse by screenwriter Jorge Guerricaechevarría) and actress Barbara Lennie (whose career has been skyrocketing ever since Magical Girl [+see also:
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interview: Carlos Vermut
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, and who was popular in the recent movies Sunday’s IllnessEverybody Knows [+see also:
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Petra [+see also:
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interview: Jaime Rosales
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and The Realm [+see also:
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interview: Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Isabel P…
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), a conference led by documentarian José Luis Guerín and a round-table on the new wave of young Galician directors (featuring filmmaker Oliver Laxe, among others).

(Translated from French)

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