Official Selection Out of Competition


Rodrigo Cortés | Spain, United Kingdom | 2021 | 103 min.
O.V. in English subtitled in Spanish.
el amor en su lugar

The latest film by Rodrigo Cortés (Buried) transports us to the Jewish ghetto of Warsaw in 1940, where thousands of people were isolated by a wall from the rest of the population, left to famine and epidemics. And where, nevertheless, art flourished: a group of actors, on a freezing winter night and lit by carbide lamps, performed the play "Love in its place" by Jerzy Jurandot (of whose songs only the lyrics survived: the soundtrack has been arranged according to the musical-theatre of the time). The play, the performance and the performers' lives intermingle in this story, in which a life-and-death dilemma shakes the existence of its protagonists.

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Nominated for the AC/E First Prize for Best Director of a Spanish Film

Direction: Rodrigo Cortés
Script: Rodrigo Cortés, David Safier
Cinematography: Rafael García
Music: Víctor Reyes
Cast: Clara Rugaard, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Magnus Krepper, Freya Parks, Jack Roth, Henry Goodman, Dalit Streett Tejeda

Rodrigo Cortés

Born in Orense in 1973, he began directing short films as a teenager. In 1998, his short film Yul won nearly 20 awards in Spain. His mockumentary 15 días (2001) became the most awarded short film in the history of Spanish cinema. He premiered his first feature film, Concursante (2007), in Malaga, where it received the Critics' Prize for Best Film. Buried, his second film, shocked critics and audiences around the world after its presentation at Sundance in 2010. It received ten nominations for the Goya, Sant Jordi, Forqué and Mèlies d'Or awards, among others. His next film, Red Lights (2012), starring Robert de Niro, Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy, was released in over 60 countries. In 2018 he released Blackwood, starring Uma Thurman and Anna Sophia Robb. He has also published several books of short stories, novels and essays.

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