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24.01.2013
The Central Region bets on renovation in Spanish film
The Central Region bets on renovation in Spanish film
Still of Buenos días, resistencia, by Adrián Orr

Four Spanish directors are showing their latest films in The Central Region, the Punto de Vista section dedicated to international avant-garde films. This year, The Central Region is focusing on Spanish films, in an effort to contribute to the Festival’s internationalisation by showing Spanish productions to a global audience.

The four Spanish filmmakers showing their latest films in The Central Region while appealing to other films already screened at the most prestigious film festivals worldwide are Mikel Zatarain and Lluís Escartín, whose works have been part of the Festival in the past, and two newcomers, Adrián Orr and Rubén García López.

Buenos días resistencia is the third film by Adrián Orr, who holds a degree in Communication Studies from UCM. It shows David waking up three kids when it is still dark. They have a single goal: to come to school on time. Adrián studied at the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema (ESTC) in Lisbon, where he participated in the shooting of several short films as cinematographer and assistant director. Currently, he works as an assistant director in feature film and advertising projects, and he makes his own films. Buenos días resistencia is coming to Punto de Vista after screening at the International International Film Festival Rotterdam. in the Spectrum Shorts section.

Mikel Zatarain holds a degree in Film Direction from the Centre d’Estudis Cinematogràfics de Catalunya (CECC) and a Master’s degree in Documentary Making from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). Branka is his third short film. His first, Lanbroa, screened at Punto de Vista 2011. The new film is about politics and landscape in the Basque Country. The title is an allusion to the preface of Branka (Prow), Basque Socialist Magazine: ‘Branka is born, taking to sea with an uncertain future. Has it all been in vain? Will the young die? We, the creators, cannot answer these questions. Branka, the child of Euskal Herria, is at the service of the Basque people. This is its purpose.’

Lluís Escartín participated in La mano que mira (Punto de Vista 2008) and won the Award for Best Short Film in 2010 for Amanar Tamasheq. Uzbek Cotton (international premiere) is his latest film. Shot in Uzbekistan, it is a counter-ethnographic exploration by a director that describes himself as ‘a misfit in most areas of life: He is either shooting a film or a gun, or his playing with his kids in the wild.’

Valparaíso, 2011. Observaciones de un turista is Rubén García López’s second film (international premiere). It was shot with a mobile phone in May 2011, when several sectors of the Chilean society made their voices heard, giving rise to the largest social protest in the history of the country’s democracy. The film sets out to answer two questions: What is a demonstration like and how can you record it in film? and What is a demonstration like in Valparaíso, Chile, in 2011 and how can you record it in film?

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