Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Galician Day at SEMINCI

Javier Angulo, director of the Valladolid International Film Festival has just confirmed together with the Galician Secretary General for Communication that SEMINCI will host a special day devoted to our cinema. This is the first time this prestigious festival hosts such an initiative – a day devoted to a Spanish autonomous community.

The selected date for your records: Saturday, 18th October.

Four films co-produced by Galician companies have been included in the Meeting Point section: Ángel de la Cruz’s Os Mortos van ás Presas, argentinian Paula de Luque’s El vestido, Alfonso Zarauza’s A Noite que Deixou de Chover, and Raul García and Manuel Sicilia’s 3D animation film El Lince Perdido.

Galicia deserves an special day, doesn’t it?

A New Issue of AG

A new issue of the Galician Audiovisual Magazine has just been published. You can access it online at the Galician Audiovisual Forum, where a PDF version is also ready for download.

Enjoy it!

Sunday, 21 September 2008

CGAI participates in Terence Davies retrospective at San Sebastian

The Centro Galego de Artes da Imaxe (CGAI, Galician Center for Image Arts) publishes in cooperation with the San Sebastian International Film Festival and the Basque and Valencian film institutes a complete study of the work of Terence Davies. This study is coordinated by Quim Casas and includes the participation of various experts in Davies’ work.

According to Casas, Terence Davies (Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988), The Long Day Closes (1992) and The House of Mirth (2000) is among the most exceptional and innovating moviemakers of today’s European cinema, author of a highly personal and evocative work, pioneer in the search for new languages between fiction, autobiography and the documentary, placing particular emphasis on music.

Following a cinematographic silence of almost eight years, Terence Davies presented his new film Of Time and the City in the Special Screenings section of the Official Selection at the Cannes Festival.

The San Sebastian Film festival dedicates a retrospective to the British director.

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Pradolongo scores at San Sebastian!

Ignacio Villar's Pradolongo has been awarded de Ciudad de San Sebastian Film Comission award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. This award was created to recognise the work of the Film Commissions and highlight the importance of film in the promotion of cities as a scenic space at the service of the audiovisual industry.

This award is intended to go to the feature film best reflecting the urban, landscape, cultural and social values of Spanish cities and regions. Definitely Pradolongo fulfils all these requirements.

Pradolongo was shot entirely in Galician and at Galician locations, namely at the Ourensan Valdeorras district.

My most sincere congratulations, Ignacio.

Galicia enters the Academy Awards competition

Two out of three films initially selected to represent Spain at the Academy Awards have Galician locations. This initial selection includes José Luis Garci’s Sangre de mayo, Gracia Querejeta’s 7 mesas (de billar francés) and José Luis Cuerda’s Los girasoles ciegos. Among these three films is the one to be submitted to the Academy to represent Spain.

The latter two films where partially shot in Galicia: 7 mesas was partially shot in Vigo (Pontevedra) and was produced with the participation of the Galician broadcaster TVG, and Los girasoles ciegos  was shot almost completely in Ourense and San Clodio locations. This film is co-produced by public-private venture Sempre Cinema PC.

Director José Luis Cuerda use to say talking about Galicia that no matter where you aim your camera, an impressive shot is always guaranteed.

Monday, 8 September 2008

Dead people hurry up to Valladolid

The for a long time expected project of Angel de la Cruz Os mortos van as presas (Dead people hurry up) has been selected for participation at Valladolid's SEMINCI, which will take place at this beautiful Castilian town from October, 24th to November, 1st.

Shot at Rinlo, a picturesque small village near Ribadeo, Lugo, Os Mortos tells the story of Irene, worker of a delivery company that gets stuck with her truck in the path of a burial entourage.

Os mortos is another example of what may be named the new Galician cinema, represented by a bunch of productions shot in Galician language that bring fresh air to a scenery dominated in the past by financial co-productions, where Galician participants had almost nothing to say about the creative aspects of the project, their participation focused on providing financial support through Galician public aids, justified by a minoritary presence among the artistic or technical cast.

A few examples of this new approach to making movies in Galicia are Pradolongo, O Espiritu do Bosque, Pedro e o Capitan, ¡Maldito Bastardo! or, of course, Os Mortos van as Presas. Note that the list is not exhaustive. Keep in tune to learn more about these films!

Probably these projects will never become blockbusters but, what the hell, how many Galician productions have reached this status in the past?

Angel, you are the man! Congratulations to you and the rest of the cast.