THE SEVILLE FESTIVAL PRESENTED AT THE FILMOTECA ESPAÑOLA
"This Festival sticks out its tongue at many of you. It presents a cinema that makes you think and debate, and above all, it brings a different cinema ". The words by Antonio Muñoz, delegate from Urban Habitat, Culture and Tourism of Seville City Council, summed up perfectly the spirit of a festival that today has presented its 15th edition at the seat of the Filmoteca Española in Madrid.
The director of the Seville Festival, José Luis Cienfuegos, announced the programme at an event also attended by Antonio Muñoz and Jacobo Martín, deputy general director of Promotion and International Relations of the ICAA (Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales), who expressed institutional support on behalf of Beatriz Navas, its director.
In the cinemas and beyond
At the presentation, Cienfuegos stressed the many politically committed films that can be seen at #15FestivalSevilla, and those which show the constant transformations in changing Europe.
Antonio Muñoz stressed the very long shadow of a film event that “is much more than seeing films. The festival is also the meetings and the activities developed around it. And, above all, the very important work being done with the creation of new audiences"
The act was supported by a broad representation of the Spanish films that are part of the various sections of the festival. The Cine Doré, seat of the Filmoteca, was visited by directors such as Xavier Artigas ('Idrissa, crónica de una muerte cualquiera'), Víctor Moreno ('La ciudad oculta'), Armand Rovira ('Letters to Paul Morrissey'), Alberto Gracia ('La estrella errante'), Alberto San Juan and Valentín Álvarez ('El Rey'), Ilán Serruya ('Reunión'), Antón Corbal ('Santos#2, Work in Progress'), Almudena Carracedo ('El silencio de otros'), Samuel Alarcón ('Oscuro y lucientes'), Ibon Cormenzana ('Alegría, tristeza'), Nicolás Pacheco ('Jaulas'), Jesús Armesto ('Los burgueses de Calais. La última frontera'), María Cañas ('La cosa vuestra'), Raúl Vallejo ('Los pilares'), or the short film directors Alonso Valbuena ('El penalti') and José Herrera ('Cazatalentos').
Support was also shown by actors such as Manuela Vellés and Carlos Bardem (both in 'Alegría, tristeza'), Jan Cornet ('El desentierro'), Isabel Ampudia ('La primera cita'), Rober Soler ('La estrella errante'), Antonio Estrada ('El secadero'), Ana Loig ('TRY') or Beatriz Arjona ('Tierras solares'). And producers like Gervasio Iglesias, Pilar Crespo ('La última toma') or Álvaro Alonso ('Entre dos aguas').