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ABYCINE 2018

A joyful Abycine turns 20 with a spring in its step

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- On Thursday 18 October, the Albacete International Film Festival will kick off a new edition bulging at the seams, which will culminate in the screening of Carlos Vermut’s Quién te cantará

A joyful Abycine turns 20 with a spring in its step
Quién te cantará by Carlos Vermut

The fact that a festival such as Abycine, which unspools every October in the Manchegan city of Albacete, has reached its 20th birthday and still radiates so much vigour and enthusiasm is due to various converging factors. On one hand, it’s thanks to the tireless efforts of the team behind it, headed up by José Manuel Zamora; on the other, it comes down to its support for the most cutting-edge, independent and progressive type of cinema, as demonstrated by its Abycine Lanza audiovisual market, the third edition of which will take place at the upcoming gathering (which begins this Thursday), and through which have passed titles such as the brilliant Between Two Waters [+see also:
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by Isaki Lacuesta, the winner of the Golden Shell for Best Film at the recent San Sebastián Film Festival. Needless to say, another decisive factor is the plentiful support from the public and various institutions, which have managed to carve out a niche in the competitive Spanish cinephile landscape for this festival, and we hope it will celebrate many more birthdays in the years to come. Carlos Vermut will partake in the celebrations in person when he presents his latest movie, Quién te cantará [+see also:
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, on 27 October, thus rounding off ten days of fun, surprises, industry events, and juicy cinematic and non-cinematic treats.

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On Friday 19 October, the opening ceremony, hosted by actor Brays Efe, will take place, during which Raül Refree will regale the audience with a musical performance intended to pay tribute to Wes Anderson. On Saturday 20th, the event will pay homage to the brilliant Albacete-born filmmaker José Luis Cuerda, with a screening of his most recent movie, Some Time After [+see also:
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, which stars Arturo Valls, Joaquín Reyes, Daniel Pérez Prada, Roberto Álamo, Carlos Areces and Blanca Suárez, among many other actors. Of particular note among the awards that have already been announced are the 2018 Abycine Young Career Award for Belén Cuesta (Holy Camp! [+see also:
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) and the Young Film Award for Distances [+see also:
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by Elena Trapé.

Across its various sections – which are brimming with more than 100 screenings – audiences will be able to enjoy the documentary I Hate New York [+see also:
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interview: Gustavo Sánchez
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by Gustavo Sánchez, about the underground transgender scene in the Big Apple; Petra [+see also:
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, a tragedy with a classic feel helmed by Jaime Rosales, and starring Bárbara Lennie, Marisa Paredes and Àlex Brendemühl; Facing the Wind [+see also:
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, a touching picture by Meritxell Colell; Notes for a Heist Film [+see also:
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interview: León Siminiani
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by León Siminiani, which took part in San Sebastián; the experimental doc Theatre of War [+see also:
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by Lola Arias; The Silence of Others [+see also:
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, a non-fiction film that strongly condemns the existence of Spanish ditches still full of the bodies of people murdered during the Franco regime, directed by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar; the Spanish-Argentinian co-production El ángel [+see also:
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, an intensely “pop” experience supported by the Almodóvar brothers; and Ana by Day [+see also:
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by Andrea Jaurrieta, which stars Ingrid García-Jonsson as a woman split in two.

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(Translated from Spanish)

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