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MÁLAGA 2019

Dani Rovira to bookend the 22nd Málaga Film Festival

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- Taxi a Gibraltar by Alejo Flah will open the upcoming edition of the gathering, which will be brought to a close by Los Japón, helmed by Álvaro Díaz Lorenzo, both of which star the famous actor

Dani Rovira to bookend the 22nd Málaga Film Festival
Taxi a Gibraltar by Alejo Flah

This morning, the line-up of the 22nd Málaga Festival of Spanish-language Film was presented at the Spanish Film Academy in Madrid, in the presence of its director, Juan Antonio Vigar, and various members of the teams behind the movies that will feature on its programme. On 15 March, its official section – made up of 13 Spanish-produced films and another nine hailing from Latin America – will be opened, out of competition, by the road movie Taxi a Gibraltar [+see also:
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, directed by Alejo Flah, co-produced with Argentina, and starring Ingrid García-Jonsson, Joaquín Furriel and Dani Rovira. The latter actor, together with María León and Antonio Dechent, also plays in the title that will bring the curtain down on the gathering on 24 March: Los Japón by Málaga-born Álvaro Díaz Lorenzo.

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In the sun-kissed Andalusian city, audiences will be able to see a plethora of titles duking it out for the Golden Biznaga for Best Spanish Film in the official competition section. They include 522. A Cat, a Chinese Guy and My Father [+see also:
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, a co-production with Portugal, with a screenplay and direction by Seville-born Paco R Baños (who won an award at Málaga for his feature debut, Ali, in 2013), starring Natalia de Molina; the collection of short stories 7 Reasons to Run Away (from Society) [+see also:
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, written by Esteve Soler and directed by Gerard QuintoDavid Torras and Soler himself, which brings together a star-studded cast of national actors of the likes of Emma Suárez, Sergi López and Lola Dueñas, among many others; ¿A quién te llevarías a una isla desierta?, the second feature by Jota Linares, produced – like his debut, Unbridled [+see also:
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 – by Beatriz Bodegas (of La Canica Films) for Netflix; the new outing by the tireless Fernando ColomoAntes de la quema, with a screenplay courtesy of Javier Jáuregui, and starring Manuela VelascoMaggie Civantos and Manuel ManquiñaHormigas [+see also:
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(a co-production with Costa Rica) by Antonella Sudasassi, which has already taken part in the 2019 Berlinale Forum; and the animated film Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles [+see also:
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, helmed by Salvador Simó and co-produced with the Netherlands.

Other Spanish titles locking horns for the various awards are: El doble más quince [+see also:
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 by Mikel Rueda, toplined by Maribel VerdúThe Days to Come [+see also:
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, the third feature by Carlos Marqués-Marcet (who was victorious at Málaga five years ago with Long Distance [+see also:
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), a film that was world-premiered at the most recent International Film Festival Rotterdam; Love Beats, the feature debut by Valencian director Roberto Bueso, which was backed by MOD ProduccionesLitus, the fourth movie by Dani de la Orden, starring Quim Gutiérrez, Belén Cuesta and Adrián LastraGet Her… If You Can [+see also:
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, the feature debut by actress Inés de León, the cast of which includes Dani Pérez Prada, Leticia Dolera and Javier Rey; the western The (Silent) War by Alfonso Cortés-Cavanillas, starring Hugo Silva, Mariam Álvarez and new “Almodóvar boy” (who is partaking in Pain & Glory [+see also:
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, the latest effort by the Manchegan genius) Asier EtxeandíaStaff Only [+see also:
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 by Neus Ballús, a fiction film produced with France that was screened at the latest Berlinale; and Me, Myself and My Dead Wife, a movie co-produced with Argentina, which marks a return to the big screen for Seville-born director Santi Amodeo, following 2012’s ¿Quién mató a Bambi? [+see also:
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Standing out particularly among the clutch of films from the other side of the pond that have been selected is the European co-production The Great Mystical Circus [+see also:
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 (Brazil/Portugal/France), helmed by seasoned filmmaker Carlos Diegues, which will be vying for the Golden Biznaga for Best Latin American Film, alongside Argentina’s Aire by Arturo Castro Godoy and Vigilia en agosto by Luis María Mercado, Mexico’s This Is Not Berlin by Hari Sama and The Good Girls by Alejandra Marquez, Cuba’s Insumisas by Fernando Pérez and Laura Cazador, Peru’s Los helechos by Antonlín Prieto, and Colombia’s Wandering Girl [+see also:
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 by Rubén Mendoza.

Besides various other interesting sidebars, like the one dedicated to documentaries and Zonazine (featuring the most fiercely independent and alternative titles), the 22nd edition of the festival will continue bolstering its industry section, christened MAFIZ (Málaga Festival Industry Zone): it comprises six events, namely Spanish Screenings – Málaga de Cine, MAFF (Málaga Festival Fund & Coproduction Event), Latin American Focus – with Argentina as the guest country – Málaga Docs, Málaga Work in Progress and Málaga Talent, all of which are intended to strengthen Spanish and Latin American film productions.

The entire programme of the 22nd Málaga Film Festival, as well as a comprehensive overview of activities and other information, can be found here.

(Translated from Spanish)

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