Seville opens with Mozart sound
by Vitor Pinto
Leaving local flamenco traditions aside, the European Film Festival of Seville will open its third edition tomorrow night under the influence of Mozart's The Magic Flute.
Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of the famous opera, which premiered in the last Venice Film Festival (see news), will launch eight days of a festival that is asserting itself as a reservoir of the most recent European productions, either released in other territories or shown in major international showcases such as Cannes, Berlin and Venice.
With a programme that includes 17 competition films (see list below) and many other titles spread over the sidebar sections, Seville's privileged links with Europe's film institutions is undeniable. Eight films starring EFP's 2006 Shooting Stars (see dossier) will benefit from a separate section, with the same concept applied to Eurimages (a section dedicated to ten films supported by the Council of Europe’s fund), along with a section organised with broadcaster ARTE and a brand new one, Arábica, featuring five Mediterranean films co-produced with European partners through the support of the programme Euromed Audiovisual II.
A tribute will be paid to Portuguese producer Paulo Branco – whose latest two films, A Few Days in September and Inside Paris [+see also:
film profile], will be shown respectively in competition and in the Europa Europa section – as well as Italian director Francesco Rosi and Italian scriptwriter Tonino Guerra.
A focus on Italian cinema will bring the Sicilian characters of Emanuele Crialese's The Golden Door [+see also:
interview: Alexandre Mallet-Guy
interview: Charlotte Gainsbourg
interview: Emanuele Crialese
interview: Emanuele Crialese
interview: Fabrizio Mosca
film profile] (see news) to Andalusia, as well as the Roman gang of Michele Placido's Crime Novel [+see also:
interview: Michele Placido
film profile] (see focus), besides other titles by Nanni Moretti, Cristina Comencini, Paolo Sorrentino, Cristiano Bortone, Gabriele Salvatores and Mimmo Paladino.
When it comes to recent local productions, the most anticipated title is Ficció, which marks the return of the Catalan director Cesc Gay, three years after In The City.
Official Section (Competition)
A Few Days in September [+see also:
film profile] by Santiago Amigorena (France/Italy/Portugal)
Along the Ridge [+see also:
interview: Kim Rossi Stuart
film profile] by Kim Rossi Stuart (Italy)
A Comedy of Power [+see also:
film profile] by Claude Chabrol (France)
C'est beau une ville la nuit [+see also:
film profile] by Richard Bohringer (France)
The Lives of Others [+see also:
interview: Florian Henckel von Donners…
interview: Ulrich Muehe
film profile] by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Germany)
Comme des Voleurs by LionelBaier (Switzerland)
Autumn Gardens [+see also:
film profile] by Otar Iosseliani (France/Italy/Russia)
Lights in the Dusk [+see also:
film profile] by Aki Kaurismäki (Finland)
Transylvania [+see also:
film profile] by Tony Gatlif (France)
True North by Steve Hudson (Germany/UK/Ireland)
Valerie by Birgit Möller (Germany)
Venus by Roger Michell (UK)
White Palms [+see also:
interview: Szabolcs Hajdu
film profile] by Szabolcs (Hungary) Climates [+see also:
interview: Zeynep Ozbatur
film profile] by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey/France)
Rozdroze Café by Leszek Wosiewicz (Poland)
Euphoria by Ivan Vyrypaev (Russia)
Close to Home by Dalia Hager and Vidi Bilu (Israel)
Official Section (special screenings)
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