The opening gala on 6th November, at which Timothy Spall will be presented with his award, will also feature the French director and actor Louis Garrel and his first film Two Friends, which will be shown that night in the Lope de Vega Theatre. Presented in the Semaine de la Critique at Cannes, it tells a surprising three-sided love story which moves between comedy and drama in the style of Jules et Jim. A film that is part of the new wave of French cinema –which has been described as a nouvelle Nouvelle Vague– that is having a great repercussion among critics and public, and which the SEFF has been supporting in recent years through titles such as La fille du 14 juillet, La bataille de Solférino or Stubborn (Une histoire américaine), which will compete in the New Waves section at this edition. This is also the film selected for new initiative Young Programmers.
Son of the prestigious director Philippe Garrel –who will also be competing in the Official section with In the shadow of women–, Louis Garrel won the César Award for Best Newcomer for his role in his father’s film Regular Lovers (2005). He had already become known world-wide for his performance, along with Eva Green, in The Dreamers (2003), by Bernardo Bertolucci. Garrel, who has worked for some other great directors such as Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent) and Jacques Doillon (Le mariage à trois), made his debut in 2008 as director and writer of short films Of that experience prior to Two friends, we should mention the notable medium length film from 2010 Petit Tailleur, with Léa Seydoux (La vie d’Adèle, Spectre).
The Argentine director Santiago Mitre, whose film Paulina will be shown in the SEFF’s Special Screening section, will head the international jury which will decide the awards in the Official Section in this twelfth edition. Paulina, with which Mitre won the Grand Prix at the Semaine de la Critique at the Cannes Festival and three other awards at San Sebastian (Horizontes Latinos, Premio de la Juventud and Premio Otra Mirada), confirms the good reputation of the Buenos Aires filmmaker since he became known with El estudiante, which won awards at Locarno, Bafici and Gijon.
The jury for the SEFF Official Section is completed by the actress Ingrid García-Jonsson, born in Sweden and reared in Seville, nominated for the Goya as Best Newcomer for her performance in Hermosa Juventud (2014), for which she received more than ten national and international awards; the Australian film critic Adrian Martin, coeditor of the magazines Rouge and LOLA, and author of the books ¿Qué es el cine moderno? and, along with Jonathan Rosenbaum, Movie Mutations: the Changing Face of World Cinephilia; Lois Patiño, considered one of the talents of the New Galician Cinema after her film Costa da Morte (2013), which won the Best New Director award at Locarno and the New Wave /Non-Fiction award at SEFF; and the Italian writer and director Tizza Covi, who won the Europa Cinemas Label at the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes with her first fiction feature film, La pivellina.
The SEFF will give up to 138,000 euros in this twelfth edition through its various awards, thus supporting the exhibition and distribution of the films in Spain.
The details of the awards and the juries are as follow:
They award the Gold Giraldillo to the best film, the Silver Giraldillo, the Special Jury Prize and the awards for best director, script, actor, actress and photography (Official Section)
NEW WAVES/NON-FICTION JURY
They award the prize to the best film in this documentary section:
The jury of the International Federation of Film Critics award the Resistances Prize:
The jury of the Association of Film Writers of Andalusia award the prize for Best Short Film in the Andalusian panorama section:
The following students from the University of Seville (US) will award the prize to the best film in the NEW WAVES section:
Some of the juries mentioned have among their members international experts who are attending the festival thanks to the support of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E). That is the case with Adrian Martin (Australia), Raymond Walravens (Holland), Cintia Gil (Portugal) and Sanjin Pejković (Norway). In addition, AC/E is also making possible the visit to Seville by Valerio Caruso (Belgium), director of the European film portal of reference, Cineuropa, and Christophe Leparc (France), secretary of the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Festival.