The big day –or rather, the big night– has finally arrived. Yesterday, the twelfth edition of Seville European Film Festival (SEFF) was opened by two of this year’s most prominent figures.
Louis Garrel declared to feel “impressed and rather intimidated” by presenting his first full-length film, Two Friends, in the Lope de Vega Theatre for the opening gala of SEFF 2015. There was a lot of expectation for this film, part of the new wave of French cinema, which the SEFF has been supporting lately through titles such as Age of Panic (2013), The Rendez-Vous of Déjà-Vu (2014) or Stubborn (Une histoire américaine) (2015), that will compete in the New Waves section at this edition. As in the three previously mentioned films, the male leading actor is Vincent Macaigne, also present on stage. He and Garrel acted like two friends indeed, to the point which Macaigne jokingly said that they were “messing around” likewise their characters in the film.
Before the first release of Two Friends, the festival’s opening gala, hosted by the Spanish actor Carlos Areces as master of ceremonies, peaked with Timothy Spall’s acceptance of the City of Seville Award.
The distinguished British actor filled the stage with his presence, as he filled the screen with his performances in memorable films such as The Sheltering Sky (1989), White Hunter Black Heart (1990), Hamlet (1996), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), and The King’s Speech (2010). Yesterday Seville paid him tribute, in the night when everything began. And the best is yet to come.