The director and actor Louis Garrel, along with the French actor Vincent Macaigne, will attend the opening gala of the Seville European Film Festival (SEFF) tomorrow, 6th November, in the Lope de Vega Theatre. Two Friends, which is competing in the Official Section, will be opening the film at this twelfth edition of the festival. Louis Garrel, who became known around the world with his roles in The Dreamers (2003), by Bernardo Bertolucci, and Regular Lovers (2005), by his father, Philippe Garrel, will open his first film as a director in Spain. He also co-stars in the film along with the actor Vincent Macaigne, one of young faces most present in the new wave in French cinema.
The gala prior to the screening of Two Friends will be marked by the recollection of the sadly missed actor (winner of a Goya for his role in Solas), playwright, director and co-founder of the Centro Andaluz de Teatro, Carlos Álvarez-Novoa, who died at the end of last September. The tribute to the Asturian actor, who lived in Seville from a young age, will be present throughout this twelfth edition of the SEFF, to which he was always connected: Álvarez-Novoa is still present at the festival through his work in 12+1, una comedia metafísica (2010), La novia (Paula Ortiz, 2015) and the short film El nudista (work in progress), the last two titles still be opened, which show the dedication, talent and love for the profession of an irreplaceable figure.
The opening ceremony will be presented by the actor Carlos Areces, who became known on television programmes such as La hora chanante, forming part of a new current in poshumor in the Spanish audiovisual area. Areces has worked in recent years in films by important directors such as Balada triste de trompeta (2010) and Mi gran noche (2015), by Álex de la Iglesia; Extraterrestre (2012), by Nacho Vigalondo; Negociador (2015), by Borja Cobeaga; and Los amantes pasajeros (2013), by Pedro Almodóvar. The opening ceremony, directed by LaSuite, will include the performance by the group Single, a project by Teresa Iturrioz and Ibon Errazkin (fronting the legendary Le Mans, spearhead of the Donosti Sound) whose latest album Rea was named best album, best song and third best concert of the year by the magazine Rockdelux in 2014.
The opening gala, in which numerous well-known faces from the national and European cinema will participate, will also feature Timothy Spall. The illustrious British actor will this year receive the City of Seville Award in tribute to his brilliant career which includes his performance for such great directors as Clint Eastwood, Mike Leigh and Tim Burton, among others, and the recent awards at the Cannes Festival, at the European Film Awards and at the SEFF, for his role in Mr. Turner (2014).
Among the guests who will be at the photocall tomorrow, Friday –which will begin at 20:00h- there will be numerous well-known faces from the national film scenes, such as Javier Cámara (who recently won the Best Actor Award at San Sebastian), Candela Peña (winner of three Goya Awards in 2003, 2005 and 2013) and Félix Sabroso, from the film El tiempo de los monstruos, which will have its world premiere the following night, Saturday 7th November; and also Ingrid García-Jonsson (Berserker, The New Waves Section) and Santiago Mitre (Paulina, Special Screening), members of the international jury which will give the awards in the Official Section.
Other international personalities who are showing their films at the Seville European Film Festival and will be walking the red carpet in the entrance hall prior to the opening gala are the directors Sergio Oksman (O futebol, Sección Oficial), Alanté Kavaïtè (The summer of Sangaile, The New Waves), Birgit Hein (retrospective), Enrique Rivero (Pozoamargo, The New Waves) and Sonja Heiss (Hedi Schneider is stuck, The New Waves).