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MÁLAGA 2020

The 23rd edition of the Málaga Film Festival is at last ready to start

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- Iciar Bollaín's La boda de Rosa will inaugurate Friday 21 August the film festival that should have been held in spring this year but was postponed as a consequence of the health crisis

The 23rd edition of the Málaga Film Festival is at last ready to start
La boda de Rosa by Icíar Bollaín

The 23rd edition of the Málaga Film Festival will run from August 21 to August 30, will have special security measures put in place and fewer organised activities. This is the long-sought-after first reunion of Spanish cinema after the stagnation caused by the recent pandemic. As the director of the festival, Juan Antonio Vigar, told us a few weeks ago (you can read more here), “we can largely keep the films we had planned to show, and this is tribute to the affection with which the sector supports the Malaga Festival. The new format will advocate for one of our pillars, the exhibition, leaving the crowds aside”. Along these lines, Icíar Bollaín and Candela Peña will inaugurate with La boda de Rosa [+see also:
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, with the cinematic event closing nine days later with the Argentinian film El robo del siglo, by Ariel Winogard.

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Before then, the official section will have shown among other titles new works by Daniel Calparsoro, the robbery film Sky High [+see also:
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; the latest by David Trueba, A este lado del mundo [+see also:
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; the deep film Schoogirls [+see also:
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, by Pilar Palomero; a new work by Esteban Crespo, Black Beach [+see also:
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(Spain/Belgium), starring Raúl Arévalo and Candela Peña; The Sea Beyond [+see also:
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, by Achero Mañas, with Ernesto Alterio in the lead role, who will also have to face Clara Lago in the film adaptation of the theatrical work Crónica de una tormenta [+see also:
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, the first work by Mariana Barassi; One Careful Owner [+see also:
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, by Bernabé Rico, boasting a delicious on-screen duel between Juana Acosta and Kiti Mánver (who will be awarded one of the two Golden Biznaga Ciudad del Paraíso Award); the Spanish-Mexican coproduction Devil Between the Legs [+see also:
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by master Arturo Ripstein (winner of the Retrospective Award – Málaga); Three Summers [+see also:
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, Franco-Brazilian film directed by Sandra Kogut; and The Europeans, the long-awaited new film by Víctor García León after his funny Selfie [+see also:
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three years ago.

In the Malaga Premiere section several works stand out, including Eso que tú me das [+see also:
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, a documentary by Jordi Évole and Ramón Lara on the deceased musician Pau Donés; La mort de Guillem, by Carlos Marques-Marcet (winner of the Malaga Talent Award – La Opinión de Málaga), the non-fiction film Dehesa, el bosque del lince ibérico [+see also:
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(Spain/Portugal), by Joaquín Gutiérrez Acha; the Andalusian comedy Mi gran despedida [+see also:
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, by Antonio Hens and Antonio Álamo75 días [+see also:
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, by Marc Romero; the drama Isaac [+see also:
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, first film as a filmmaker by Ángeles Hernández and David Matamoros; and the black and white film A Stormy Night [+see also:
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, by David Moragas, in addition to the television series HIT, the first episode of which has been led by Joaquín Oristrell.

The thrilling Zonazine section is always full of surprises, and this year includes among other films the second work by Galician filmmaker Lois Patiño, Red Moon Tide [+see also:
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; The Offering [+see also:
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, an intense drama by Ventura Durall with Verónica Echegui and Alex Brendemühl leading; Las dos noches de ayer, first work by the team Pau Cruanyes and Gerard Vidal; and Trenes que van al mar, directed by another team, Hugo Obregón and Manuel Álvarez-Diestro.

Last, but by no means least, some of the most important documentaries to be show in Málaga will include In a Whisper [+see also:
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(Spain/Cuba/Switzerland/France), by Heidi Hassan and Patricia Pérez, deservedly awarded the latest IDFA; Cartas mojadas, directed by Paula Palacios, who has followed the trace of the NGO ship Open Arms in the Mediterranean Sea; The Secret of Doctor Grinberg [+see also:
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, by Ida Cuéllar, about the controversial Mexican scientist; the Argentina-Italy coproduction Kentannos ¡Que vivas 100 años!, by Víctor Cruz; Salir de aquí, by a group of students from the ECAM; Sanmao: The Desert Bride [+see also:
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, by Marta Arribas and Ana Pérez; Toloriu, by Patricia Ordaz; and La mami [+see also:
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(Spain/Mexico), authored by Laura Herrero.

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(Translated from Spanish by Marcos Randulfe)

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