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SÉVILLE 2020

Le Festival du cinéma européen de Séville maintient son édition présentielle

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- Contre vents et marées, la 17e édition de l’événement va commencer vendredi et proposer des joyaux du cinéma du Vieux Continent, dont 28 en première mondiale

Le Festival du cinéma européen de Séville maintient son édition présentielle
Ammonite de Francis Lee

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The team behind the Seville European Film Festival, headed up by José Luis Cienfuegos, is organising the 17th edition of the event with all the resilience and energy it can muster, despite the unfavourable conditions for the seventh art all around the globe. Limiting itself to local guests and various online activities, theatrical screenings are still going ahead for more than 150 titles, with all the necessary measures in place to avoid health-and-safety complications. In addition, as has become customary, it will serve as the venue for the unveiling – at midday on Tuesday 10 November – of the nominees for the 33rd awards set to be handed out by the European Film Academy. Plus, French actress Emmanuelle Béart will pick up her City of Seville Award for her work while at the same time bringing the festival (which unspools from 6-14 November) to a close with her turn in Margaux Hartmann [+lire aussi :
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, directed by Ludovic Bergery.

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Given that European cinema is very much at the heart of the gathering, the team has selected a rich and varied batch of titles that, once again, will bring the most outstanding examples of the continent’s recent film output to the banks of the River Guadalquivir. Audiences will thus be able to enjoy 28 world premieres scattered across all its myriad sections. Standing out among them are two Spanish efforts: That Was Life [+lire aussi :
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, the feature debut by David Martín de los Santos, starring Petra Martínez, flanked by Anna Castillo and Ramón Barea; and Karen [+lire aussi :
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, which is also – just like the former title – competing in the official section. The latter is the portrait that Extremaduran helmer María Pérez Sanz has painted of author Isaak Dinesen, who is brought to life by singer-songwriter Christina Rosenvinge, her fifth effort as an actress after titles such as Todo es mentira and La pistola de mi hermano.

The official section also includes the story of forbidden love between Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet, Ammonite [+lire aussi :
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, which is the new outing by Brit Francis Lee (God’s Own Country [+lire aussi :
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); Delete History [+lire aussi :
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, a comedy about our addiction to technology, helmed by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern, which will be screened on Sunday 8 November to mark European Arthouse Cinema Day; the award-winning and courageous documentary by Murcian Luis López Carrasco, The Year of the Discovery [+lire aussi :
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; February [+lire aussi :
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, the compelling film by Bulgaria’s Kamen Kalev; Sweat [+lire aussi :
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, a feature about loneliness that just cannot be concealed, no matter how many thousand “likes” you get online, by Sweden’s Magnus von Horn; Dear Comrades [+lire aussi :
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, the latest gem – and the winner of the Special Jury Prize at Venice – by Russia’s Andrey Konchalovskiy; Quo Vadis, Aida? [+lire aussi :
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by Bosnia’s Jasmila Zbanic; Siberia [+lire aussi :
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, the latest fever dream by the tireless Abel Ferrara, again toplined by Willem Dafoe; and Undine [+lire aussi :
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, an intense story of underwater love helmed by Germany’s Christian Petzold, which will have the honour of opening the festival.

Also vying for the Golden Giraldillo – the gathering’s top prize – are a number of auteurs with their own undeniable hallmark, such as Gianfranco Rosi, with his most recent documentary, Notturno [+lire aussi :
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; Romania’s Cristi Puiu, with what some consider a masterpiece, Malmkrog [+lire aussi :
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; Poland’s Malgorzata Szumowska, who together with Michal Englert directed Never Gonna Snow Again [+lire aussi :
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, a film that is already heading for the Oscars; Brit Thomas Clay, with his surprising Fanny Lye Deliver’d [+lire aussi :
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; French first-timers Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh, who offer up a galactic daydream in Gagarin [+lire aussi :
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; and another duo – Ilya Khrzhanovskiy and Jekaterina Oertel – with their controversial and colossal experiment of a movie DAU. Natasha [+lire aussi :
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The festival has also announced that, thanks to a collaboration with Filmin, a selection of titles will be watchable online in Spain for a limited time, spearheaded by part of The New Waves parallel section, with titles of the likes of Greece’s Apples [+lire aussi :
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by Christos Nikou and Kosovo’s Exile [+lire aussi :
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by Visar Morina, both of which are representing their home countries in the 2021 Oscars race.

Lastly, the gathering’s industry activities will also take place this year, albeit almost entirely online. Standing out among them are the European Co-production Forum, this year dedicated to Portugal, with an unrestricted live broadcast (read news), and the regular rendezvous the Europa Cinemas Lab, intended for professionals who have already registered in advance.

All of the information and the detailed programme for the various sections and activities of the festival are available on its website.

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