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The Ourense International Film Festival revs its engines

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- The rendezvous, which kicks off today and will continue unspooling until Saturday 1 October, will screen more than 100 titles, and will also pay tribute to Jaime Chávarri and Pablo Trapero

The Ourense International Film Festival revs its engines
Remains of the Wind by Tiago Guedes

Starting today, and all the way up until Saturday 1 October, Ourense will be the Galician capital of arthouse film. Over the course of this week, the 27th Ourense International Film Festival (OUFF) will host the screenings of over 100 titles, scattered among its various sections. The official section will boast 13 features, all of which will be titles getting their Galician premieres. However, in addition to this, the gathering will host a number of Spanish premieres – namely, films of the likes of Remains of the Wind [+see also:
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by Tiago Guedes, Perfume de Gardenias (Puerto Rico/Colombia) by Macha Colón, How I Learned to Fly by Radivoje Antic and The Open Body [+see also:
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by Ángeles Huerta. These are joined by O home e o can by Ángel de la Cruz, which will enjoy its world premiere in Ourense.

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The official section will also play host to titles helmed by a slew of today’s great filmmakers, which have emerged victorious at big festivals such as Berlin, Venice and Cannes. Audiences in Ourense will thus be able to enjoy movies of the calibre of Both Sides of the Blade [+see also:
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by Claire Denis, Triangle of Sadness [+see also:
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interview: Ruben Östlund
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by Ruben Östlund, El agua [+see also:
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interview: Elena López Riera
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by Elena López Riera, On the Fringe [+see also:
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interview: Juan Diego Botto
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by Juan Diego Botto, and Tori and Lokita [+see also:
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by the Dardenne brothers.

As well as showcasing the titles that will be going head to head in an attempt to win prizes totalling €52,000, the festival will pay tribute to key figures from today’s cinema landscape. For example, Argentinian director Pablo Trapero will receive the International Honorary Calpurnia. Furthermore, DoP Lucía C Pan (What Went Wrong? [+see also:
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, Trot [+see also:
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) will be handed the Chano Piñeiro Award, the Eduardo Barreiros Award will be bestowed upon director Alauda Ruiz de Azúa (one of the year’s big revelations, thanks to her film Lullaby [+see also:
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), Chechu Salgado (winner of the Goya Award for Best New Actor earlier this year for The Laws of the Border [+see also:
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) will pick up the Ourense Award, sound designer Carlos Faruolo (La gran familia española [+see also:
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, Cell 211 [+see also:
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) will be honoured with the Special Prize of the 27th OUFF, and the Honorary Calpurnia will be granted to filmmaker Jaime Chávarri. The latter will be in attendance in Ourense to present his most recent work, La manzana de oro, and will make the most of his time at the festival by dispensing a master class on how to direct actors and actresses.

The varied programme of the OUFF will be rounded off by parallel sections such as Inédito en Ourense, Sesiones Especiales, Ciclo Xacobeo, Cine e auga, Panorama Galicia, Cine y Literatura, Cine na cadea, Ciclo Nicolás Echevarría, Ciclo Unam, OUFF Series and Cine en Familia. Besides these highlights, there will be photo exhibitions, meetings with industry professionals, film-focused strolls around the city and concerts.

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