‘Tu hijo’ by Miguel Ángel Vivas raises the curtain on an edition in which 247 films will be screened, 112 of them premieres, during eight days of cinema which will close with ‘Head Full of Honey’ by Til Schweiger
The green carpet will see appearances by Matt Dillon, José Coronado, Bárbara Lennie, Ana Wagener, Pol Monem, Miki Esparbé, Álvaro Cervantes, Eva Hache and Carlos Saura, among others
10/19/2018.- Two world premieres will open and close Valladolid International Film Festival, which begins its 63rd edition tomorrow with the presence of North American actor Matt Dillon, who will attend the Opening Gala to collect the Festival’s Honorary Spike. The world premiere of Spanish film Tu hijo by Miguel Ángel Vivas will open the eight-day festival, where 247 films – 170 feature-length films and 77 short films – will be screened in 357 sessions, before the festival closes with another world premiere: Head Full of Honey by Til Schweiger. During the eight days of the festival, the 63rd Seminci will host 112 premieres: 37 world premieres, two international premieres and one European premiere, as well as 71 national premieres and one premiere at a Spanish film festival.
Numerous international directors, producers, distributors, actors and actresses, and professionals from the film industry will attend the official opening of the festival. As well as Miguel Ángel Vivas, the ceremony will be attended by various directors participating in the different sections: Swedish director Filip Hammar (Tårtgeneralen, The Cake General) and Argentine filmmakers Patricia Ortega (Yo imposible) and Jimena Blanco (Paisaje), who will participate in Meeting Point.
Spanish directors Carlos Saura and Almudena Carracedo, who will present their respective films Renzo Piano, un arquitecto para Santander and The Silence Of Others in Time of History; Argentine director Fernando ‘Pino’ Solanas, who will compete in the same section with A Journey to the Fumigated Towns, as well as filmmakers Gustavo Garzón (Down para arriba) and Valery Rosier (La Grand-Messe), will also attend tomorrow’s Opening Gala.
Other directors who will attend the festival in Valladolid are Ramón Salazar, who will present Sunday’s Illness in the Spanish Cinema section; brothers César and José Esteban Alenda, directors of Sin fin, which will be previewed at Seminci’s RTVE Gala, and several directors participating in DOC. Spain: Mabel Lozano (El proxeneta: paso corto, mala leche), Alba Sotorra (Comandante Arian, una historia de mujeres, guerra y libertad), Isabel de Ocampo (Serás hombre), Juan Vicente Córdoba (Quinqui Stars), Ece Ger (Meeting Jim) and Alana Simoes (My Brother). The Opening Gala will also be attended by directors Jane Magnusson (Bergman: a year in a life) and Romain Goupil (On The Road In France), documentaries programmed as part of the Bergman Centenary and the 50th anniversary of May 68.
The festival’s first green carpet will also feature well-known public figures. As well as Matt Dillon, actress and presenter of the Opening Gala Eva Hache, the cast of the inaugural film (José Coronado, Pol Monem, Asia Ortega, Ana Wagener and Ester Expósito), as well as actors including Alexandre Landry (The Decline Of The American Empire), Miki Esparbé (Las distancias), Carolina Yuste (Carmen & Lola), Manuel Vega Mendívil (Azul Siquier), Abel Azcona (Serás hombre), Ramsés Gallego (Quinqui Stars), Álvaro Cervantes and Bárbara Lennie, patron of the 63rd Seminci, will walk down the carpet.
The Spanish audiovisual sector will also be widely represented at the inauguration of the 63rd Seminci, with the presence of the almost 30 participants in the Meeting of Female Film Producers in Spain, including Esther García, a producer at El Deseo who won the National Cinematography Award in 2018. The opening ceremony will also be attended by the director general of the ICAA, Beatriz Navas, and the director of Castile and León Film Library, Maite Conesa.
The green carpet parade and opening gala will feature music by the group Fados Á Capella, made up of Ricardo Dias and Guilherme Catela on the Portuguese guitar, Ricardo J. Dias on the accordion and Paul Larguesa on the classic guitar. Fados Á Capella will take festival viewers on a journey through time, through the melodies which made Coimbra’s fado music a national symbol of Portugal.
The members of the International Jury will also appear on stage at the Calderón Theatre: Portuguese director Miguel Gomes, in the role of president; Argentine filmmaker Lucía Cedrón; Spanish actress Bárbara Goenaga; Inge de Leeuw (Holland) and Marta Menyei (Hungary), programmers at International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Hungarian National Film Fund’s International Department respectively, and Spanish scriptwriter, director and producer Manuel Pérez Estremera.
German distributor and programmer Cosima Finkbeiner, Portuguese director Manuel Mozos, and Argentine filmmaker Clarisa Navas, members of the Meeting Point jury, will also be in attendance, as will directors Emanuele Gerosa (Italy) and Eduardo Trías (Spain) and Portuguese programmer Ricardo Vieira, from the Time of History jury, and directors Fèlix Colomer and Polo Menárguez and photography director Raquel Fernández, members of the DOC. Spain jury. Finally, the Opening Gala will also be attended by the members of the jury for Shorts from Castile and León: Esther Cabero, coordinator of the Kimuak programme to promote and distribute Basque short films, and directors Belén Santos and Felipe Vega.