Lois Patiño awarded at the third Abycine Lanza
by Alfonso Rivera
- The new film by the Galician filmmaker, Tempo vertical, has come out on top in the Work in Progress forum of the industry section at the 20th Albacete Film Festival, which unspooled last week
After its three very successful editions held to date, the Abycine Lanza audiovisual market has established itself as a highly reputed and unmissable rendezvous for the Spanish independent film industry, as demonstrated by the immense number of projects that were presented at its latest edition, which unspooled on 18, 19 and 20 October, during the 20th Abycine – Albacete Film Festival. In the Work in Progress sidebar, which grants a €7,000 prize to help finalise a film already in post-production, the winner was Tempo vertical, the second feature by Galician director Lois Patiño, produced by Zeitun Films and Amanita Films (click here to read more about the shoot).
Other finalists that were in the running for this same trophy were 7 Reasons to Run Away [+see also:
film profile], a black comedy with a stellar cast (see the news) directed by Esteve Soler, Gerard Quinto and David Torras, with production duties handled by Compacto SCCL, No Hay Banda SL and Producciones del Interior AIE; El cuarto reino, a documentary shot in New York by Adán Aliaga and Álex Lora, which is being staged by Jaibo Films; the teen fantasy-drama The Perseids, with a screenplay and direction duties handled by duo Alberto Dexeus and Ànnia Gabarró (Boogaloo Films); Meseta by Juan Palacios, produced by Doxa Producciones/Jabuba Films/Juan Palacios; and A Thief's Daughter [+see also:
interview: Belén Funes
film profile], the feature debut by Belén Funes, who snagged the Special Prize from the Abycine Shorts Jury for The Hopeless.
On the other hand, a total of 18 projects took part in the third Abycine Lanza – CCM Production Support Forum, including Desconocida, a production by Spain (courtesy of Aquí y Allí Films) and India set to be directed by Bauddhayan Mukherji, based on the Sachidanad Hiranand Vatsyayan novel To Each His Stranger; the documentary Destrucción creativa de una ciudad by Carles Boyer (El Retorno Producciones); the Spanish-Dutch co-production (via Tourmalet Films and IJswater Films) El azul bajo sus pies by Isabel Lamberti; Espíritu sagrado, the feature debut by cult short-film director Chema García Ibarra, staged by Apellaniz y De Sosa; Karen, the second movie by Extremaduran filmmaker María Pérez (Malpartida Fluxux Village [+see also:
film profile]), about the author of Out of Africa, which will star singer Christina Rosenvinge and will be produced by Redantfilms; La mantis by Didac Gimeno, a Spanish-Argentinian co-production by El Médano Producciones and Motoneta; Los bárbaros, set to be helmed by Javier Barbero and Martín Guerra, with both Spanish (Pantalla Partida) and Peruvian producers on board; Los García, a non-fiction film written and directed by Paco Nicolás with backing from Mammut Films; Retrato de mujer blanca con pelo cano y arrugas by Iván Ruiz Flores, which is being staged by Potenza Producciones and will star Blanca Portillo; and San Simón, a fiction title about a Galician island turned into a concentration camp, directed by Miguel Ángel Delgado (Morelli Producciones). The latter was the winner of this year’s edition, as it secured production support from Castilla-La Mancha Media and from the OpenECAM-Madrid Film and Audiovisual School programme.
The list of participants was rounded off by Secaderos, a drama helmed by Rocío Mesa and produced by La Claqueta PC; Sinjar by Anna M Bofarull (Kabota Art & Films); Suárez, a recreation of the first year of the Spanish transition to democracy through the figure of late politician Adolfo Suárez, to be directed by Guillermo Logar and produced by Salon Indien Films SL; a drama with a hint of thriller called Suro by Mikel Gurrea and Lastor Media, SL; the documentary Tolyatti Adrift by Laura Sisteró (Boogaloo Films SL); the creative documentary Wan Xia, la última luz del atardecer by Silvia Rey (Imval Madrid); the doc co-produced with Mexico We Die, to be helmed by Rebeca Sánchez López with backing from Kepler Mission Films SL; and Solteronas, with a screenplay and direction duties handled by Manuel Jiménez Núñez (Yolaperdono), which took home second prize (valued at €15,000, just like the top prize).
(Translated from Spanish)
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