10/27/2018.- The Spanish Cinema section of Valladolid International Film Festival came to an end today with a screening of Apuntes para una película de atracos, attended by director León Siminiani. The film focuses on Elías, a film director, and Flako, the most wanted bank robber during the economic crisis in Spain.
Elías decides to send a letter to Flako in prison, and to his surprise, he receives a reply three weeks later saying that he has Flako’s permission to visit him. The documentary, directed by León Siminiani, is a chronicle of the friendship between two people with a common goal: to make a film about a bank robbery.
León Siminiani (Santander, 1971) has explored various formats and genres. His fiction films include Ludoterapia (2007) and El premio (2011), nominated for the Goya for Best Short Film. Among his non-fiction works are the micro-documentary series Conceptos clave del mundo moderno, a longstanding project which has produced four films to date. His first feature film Mapa (2012) was nominated for a Goya.
Porque la sal
In the same section, the short film Porque la salwas screened. The documentary was directed by Cardozo Basteiro, who visited Valladolid to present his work. The film explores the settlement of Salinas, a small village on the coast of Almería created by a mining company to house its workers. The village is currently inhabited by the last generation of salt producers, with just eight families living in 25 houses.