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MUCES once again brings the best of European film to Segovia

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- From 13-19 November, the 14th Segovia European Film Festival will enrapture its audience with the crème de la crème of the Continent’s audiovisual output

MUCES once again brings the best of European film to Segovia
An Officer and a Spy by Roman Polanski

Between 13 and 19 November, Segovia is organising its European Film Festival – MUCES, which, at its 14th edition, will boast the presence of France’s David and Stéphane Foenkinos as they introduce the movies Delicacy [+see also:
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, Jalouse [+see also:
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and The Mystery of Henri Pick [+see also:
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, and talk about the interplay between film and literature. The gathering will also offer strands entitled Film and Architecture, Film and History, Film and Sport, Film and Cuisine, and two that mark certain dates in history: the centenary of Antonio Machado’s arrival in Segovia, and the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which includes titles such as Barbara [+see also:
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, directed by Christian Petzold, the TV productions Bornholmer Straße by Christian Schwochow and Train to Freedom by Sebastian Dehnhardt and Matthias Schmidt, and Westwind [+see also:
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by Robert Thalheim.

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The guest country this year at MUCES is Norway. Seventeen films from the nation will be screened in Segovia, ranging from classics to more recent titles “that exhibit a strong ambition to reach out to both local audiences and international ones, by means of very different offerings that demonstrate a search for new forms of expressing human relationships and a love for film language”, as pointed out by the festival’s director, Eliseo de Pablos.

In the official section, viewers will be able to enjoy immensely interesting movies such as The Truth [+see also:
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by Hirokazu Kore-eda; the winner of the Golden Bear at Berlin, Synonyms by Nadav LapidLes Misérables [+see also:
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interview: Ladj Ly
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, the feature debut by Ladj Ly (which scooped the Jury Prize at the most recent Cannes); and the latest outings by Roman Polanski (An Officer and a Spy [+see also:
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), Nanni Moretti (Santiago, Italia [+see also:
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), Robert Guédiguian (Gloria Mundi [+see also:
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) and Costa-Gavras (Adults in the Room [+see also:
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), among others.

There will be no lack of Spanish productions at MUCES, though, such as Fire Will Come [+see also:
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interview: Óliver Laxe
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(Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at Cannes) by Óliver Laxe; Endless Night [+see also:
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interview: Eloy Enciso
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by his fellow Galician Eloy EncisoOut in the Open [+see also:
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interview: Benito Zambrano
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, the fourth film by Benito Zambrano, co-produced with Portugal; and A Thief’s Daughter [+see also:
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interview: Belén Funes
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, the feature debut by Belén Funes, starring Greta and Eduard Fernández.

The La Mirada Necesaria (lit. “The Necessary Gaze”) strand includes four must-see movies that are impossible to forget and which remain engraved in our memories: The Insult [+see also:
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interview: Ziad Doueiri
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by Ziad DoueiriJane Eyre [+see also:
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 (2011) by Cary Fukunaga, Mrs Dalloway (1997) by Marleen Gorris, and Persepolis [+see also:
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interview: Marc-Antoine Robert
interview: Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Pa…
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(2007) by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud.

As the icing on the cake of this cinematic feast, MUCES 2019 will remember the incomparable figure of the great Paul Naschy, an actor, screenwriter and director, and one of the cornerstones of the so-called Spanish “fantaterror” genre. In order to pay tribute to his extensive filmography, the Segovia-based event has selected four titles that will be screened over the course of the festivities: the cult film The Werewolf Versus the Vampire Woman (1971), The Traveller (1979), The Night of the Werewolf (1981) and the documentary The Man Who Saw Frankenstein Cry (2010) by Ángel Agudo, which looks back on his incredible life (and oeuvre).

(Translated from Spanish)

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