Sixteen films will compete for the Gold Giraldillo in the Official Section of the XIV Seville European Film Festival. Twenty one film industries are represented in this section.
With Martin Scorsese as executive producer, Jonas Carpignano presents A Ciambra, continuing on from his award winning first feature film Mediterranean. The Italian-American now describes life in a community of gypsies in the south of Italy through a young adolescent who becomes an adult in that environment of criminality and need. With the freshness and immediacy brought by non-professional actors and a real setting, the film won the Europa Cinemas Label award at the Directors’ Fortnight at the 70th Cannes Festival.
Also from the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes we have A Violent Life, the second film from the director and actor Thierry de Peretti after Apaches, a dark, realist work that analyses the independence movement in Corsica. With more shadow than light, we follow the steps of a young man involved in Corsica’s National Liberation Front who is struggling to escape from the violent environment in which he is trapped.
Six years after celebrating his first feature film Eighty Letters, the Czech Václav Kadrnka is competing in the Official Section with his second film Little Crusader, a kind of medieval road movie which won the Crystal Globe for Best Film at the last Karlovy Vary Festival where it had its world premiere. Karel Roden (Hellboy, The Bourne Supremacy, 15 Minutes, Blade II) plays a crusader who goes in search of his son in this simple, precise story about loss and ideals based on the epic poem about the legendary Children’s Crusade by Jaroslav Vrchlický.
After inaugurating Doclisboa 2017 Ramiro arrives in Seville. This film is by the respected filmmaker Manuel Mozos, a central figure over recent decades in Portuguese cinema, a constant name at festivals such as the FID in Marseille or Locarno, and possessor of a coherent, solid filmography with titles such as the archive work João Bénard da Costa: Outros amarão as coisas que eu amei, the false documentary A Glória de Fazer Cinema em Portugal or the literary adaptation Cinzas e Brasas. Ramiro is a funny, moving comedy that describes the world of a bookseller and poet with a perpetual creative block, directed by one of the Portugal’s most charismatic directors today.
Icelandic cinema is living one of the best moments in its history. After the successful, award-winning Rams (Awards at Un Certain Regard in Cannes and the Golden Spike in Valladolid 2015), The Good Heart (Best Film Award at Tribeca and Best Actor in Valladolid), Sparrows (Golden Shell at San Sebastian) or Heartstone (with over 30 awards at festivals around the world, including Venice and Seville), Hlynur Pálmason presents in the Seville Festival’s Official Section his resounding first film, Winter Brothers. This intense, provocative film which opened at the last Locarno Festival talks of the rivalry between two brothers, which is accentuated when they compete for the same woman, in a snowy, picturesque industrial setting.
The above films will compete against other titles already announced in the section, such as The Sea Stares at us From Afar by Manuel Muñoz Rivas; God’s Own Country by Francis Lee; Western by Valeska Grisebach; Let the Sunshine In by Claire Denis; The Nothing Factory by Pedro Pinho; Barbara by Mathieu Amalric; The Workshop by Laurent Cantet; Pure Hearts by Roberto de Paolis; Zama by Lucrecia Martel; Penélope by Eva Vila; or Anchor and Hope by Carlos Marqués-Marcet, which will open the festival.
As with The Skin of the Wolf, first film by Samu Fuentes, the Seville Festival is presenting in the Official Section Out of Competition Bright Nights by the German director Thomas Arslan, a minimalist road movie that looks at father-son relationships that premiered in the last Official Section at the Berlinale; also A Season in France, by the acclaimed director from Chad Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Daratt). Premiered at the last Toronto Festival, the film by Haroun portrays lives marked by war and migration, in the context of the present refugee crisis in Europe, through the story of an African professor who is looking to start a new life in France..