‘Microbe et Gasoil’, the new film by the French director Michel Gondry, recognised internationally for films such as ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ or ‘The Science of Sleep’, and also the winner of the Best Film award at the Annecy Festival for ‘Avril et le monde truqué’ (based on the graphic novel by Jacques Tardi), confirms the Seville Film Festival’s intention of bringing the best European cinema for younger audiences. Also, for the first time, the under-5s can enjoy a Spanish animation film, ‘Yoko y sus amigos’, by Juan Elordi and Ricardo Ramón, which is having its world premiere along with another Spanish film, ‘El secreto de Amila (Work in Progress)’, by Gorka Vázquez.
As is traditional, the SEFF will again receive visits from directors and actors such as Mark Noonan, director of ‘You’re ugly too’ (the film will also be represented by the presence of Aidan Gillen, from the series Game of Thrones), Micah Magee (‘Petting Zoo’) and Candela Peña, leading actress in ‘Le dernier coup de marteau’, by Alix Delaporte. She will also be meeting with spectators at the premiere of ‘El tiempo de los monstruos’, the film by Félix Sabroso in which she appears, and which will be shown at a special gala within the Festival.
In this way, the Seville European Film Festival is renewing its alliance with young filmgoers by strengthening the Europa Junior section. A competitive section in which the Department of Education, Citizen Participation and Municipal Buildings, the Territorial Delegation of Educational Planning and the SEFF are offering children, adolescents and adults premieres of the best European cinema for children and young people, as an example of their commitment to education and to the forming of new audiences.
In the Teatro Alameda, the Cines Zona Este and the Teatro Lope de Vega, a total of 13 films will be screened, all having their premiere in Spain and two of them having their international premiere. It is the young spectators who, through their votes, will choose the winning film. All the films will be shown in their original version with subtitles.
In just 7 days, 10,000 places have been reserved for schools. Last year, more than 17,000 school goers were able to enjoy the best of European cinema. Those students who also want to enjoy good cinema at home can do so thanks to the promotion which Filmin is again offering on the occasion of the European Film Festival.
This year, the prestigious digital platform will distribute 5,000 codes among the city’s schools so that students over the age of 13 can enjoy, free of charge, four European films: ‘East is East’, by Damien O’Donnell; ‘Exils’, by Toni Gatlif, ‘Le Havre’, by Aki Kaurismäki; and “Les mains en l’air’, by Roman Goupil.
100 WORKSHOPS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Also, the Education Service of the Department of Education, Citizen Participation and Municipal Buildings is offering all the schools in the city six workshops within the programme “Sevilla, cine y educación”, which includes a total of 100 sessions. In these activities, students will learn how to make a zoetrope and a flip book, they will participate in workshops on audiovisual animation and on audiovisual education or they can make a short film with their mobile phones.
You can download the full dossier for Europa Junior by clicking HERE.