Thursday, 24 December 2009

Galician director and producer to shot in Bahamas

Amancay García Montes’ short film The Invisible Man has been selected among the 14 finalists at the 14 Islands Film Challenge, a six-month competition to find aspiring and professional film-makers in the UK, the country where Galician Amancay presently lives, to be sent out to the Bahamas to shot a short film.

The first stage of the campaign, developed by agency Fox Kalomaski and Brik Digital, required applicants to submit a 500-word essay about an inspirational person in their local community. Judges selected 40 of the more than 150 pieces submitted to the challenge to be turned into short films in less than 15 days. The makers of the best 14 of these films, Amancay among them, will head off to the Bahamas to make their films about the islands.

Each of the 40 finalist films will be shown at an event at Bafta in London next March, where the 14 winners who will head to the Bahamas will be announced. Amancay Tapia Montes will be filming on Harbour Island with her island envoy Rosita Roberts

An overall prize of £14,000 will be awarded for the best films, with the possibility that the footage will be used to promote the Bahamas.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Cell 211 amongst Golden Globe finalists

Daniel Monzon's Celda 211/Cell 211, co-produced by Galician Vaca Films, has been admitted amongst the 69 finalists as the best foreign language film for the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards, to be held next Sunday 17th January. Besides Cell 211, Spain is also represented with Pedro Almodóvar’s Los abrazos rotos and Fernando Trueba’s El baile de la Victoria.

Cell 211 collected 1.4 MEuro last weekend, and ranked 6th among the films shown at Spanish theaters. The film has collected 7 MEuro since his premiere five weeks ago. Cell 211 is having its New York premiere next Friday and will be shown in US cinemas next year.

The film tells the story of two men on different sides of a prison riot: Malamadre, the inmate leading the rebellion, played by Galician Luis Tosar, and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal.

Friday, 27 November 2009

Dead people hurry up in Braga, Portugal

Last Monday 23rd November, during the closing ceremony of the 7th edition of the Braga International Independent Film Festival BRAGACINE, Galician director Ángel de la Cruz received the best director award for the comedy Los muertos van deprisa. Marta Villar, art director of the film, collected the award on behalf of the awardee, and thanked the jury and the public at the Portuguese Festival for the success and acceptance of all his films in the neighbour country. Marta dedicated the award to the audience on behalf of the director.

Congratulations, Ángel!

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Stigmata at Lincoln Center

Adán Aliaga’s Estigmas, produced by Galician IB Cinema, will be among the Spanish feature films to be screened at Spanish Cinema Now!, which is being held from December, 4th to December 24th at New York’s Lincoln Center.

Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish Film Institute (ICAA), and the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX), Spanish Cinema Now! is one of the Walter Reade Theater’s longest-running series, first presented in October 1992.

Estigmas has just been awarded the Pilar Miró prize at the Valladolid's SEMINCI.

Galician HMMA Nomination

Galician Zeltia Montes has been nominated to the Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2009 for the main theme of Ignacio Villar’s Pradolongo. Ms. Montes is included among the September 2009 nominees in the Best New Composer category.

One of the most anticipated music events of the year, HMMA will be presented November 19th, 2009 at The Highlands in the world famous Hollywood & Highlands / Kodak Theater complex in Hollywood, CA.

Congratulations Zeltia!

Galician Short Films travel to Romania

Rubén Coca’s Mínimo Común Multiplo, Sam Orti’s The Werepig, Iván Seoane’s O Hospital, Alberto Rodríguez’s Darío e Verónica, and Fernando Cortizo’s Leo will be screened the 17th Edition of the Alter-native International Short Film Festival, to be held in Tîrgu Mureş, at the Romanian Transylvania, from November, 4th to November, 8th.

These films are included in an out-of-competition presentation devoted to Galician short films that will take place on November, 6th at the U.D.T.M. – MADISZ Small Hall.

After the Czech Republic, France, The Netherlands, Croatia and Germany, Spain is this year’s Special Guest.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Martin Sheen & Emilio Estévez in their way after Galician extras

Martin Sheen and his son Emilio Estévez are visiting Santiago de Compostela next November, 4th for the filming on Galician locations of The Way (El Camino), a full feature film about the Saint James Way starring Galician-American Martin Sheen and directed by Emilio Estévez. Filming has been completed in other locations along the French Way like Roncesvalles, Pamplona, Burgos or Leon.

The same day, Sheen and Estévez will join the casting of extras organized by Galician local producer Castelao Produccións.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Udine will enjoy its own Pradolongo

After participating at American film events in Utah, Colorado and Napa Valley, CA, Ignacio Villar's Pradolongo has been selected for participation at the 1st edition of the European Film Festival in the Lesser Used Languages, to be held in Udine, Italy, from 25th to 28th November, 2009.

This festival is born to become an important biennial and international showcase for the cinema in the European lesser used languages, or more specifically in the non statalized European languages. This new festival takes on the legacy of the Mostre dal Cine Furlan, initiatied in 1988.

This first edition collects films coming from Galicia, Catalonia, the Basque Country, Occitany, Wales, Britanny and Friuli, the region where Udine is located and Furlan is spoken. The programme, highly diversified, will include recently produced feature films, documentaries, animation movies, experimental movies, both full-length films and short films.

Pradolongo's soundtrack has just received the Atlantis award at Moondance International Film Festival in Colorado, USA.

Congratulations to all who made Pradolongo a reality.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Silenced voices aired at Valladolid

Patricia Ferreira’s Señora de is the first documentary film witten in Galician premiered at the Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid SEMINCI, to be held in Valladolid between October, 23rd and October 31st.

Señora de tells the story of several generations of women during the Spanish Franco dictatorship through the voices of thirteen women sharing with us their desires, their hopes… This film, produced by Galician O Raio Verde, has been included in the Time of History section of the festival.

Congratulations Patricia, María and Carmen!

Stories from Tokio

Galician director Mario IglesiasRelatos / Stories participates at the official competition section of the Tokyo International Film Festival, which is being held in Tokio from October 17th to October 25th. The film is about Rosario, a writer with a completely conventional housewife's life that decides to visit a psychotherapist to find a solution for her nighttime panic attacks. Exploring the world around her, stories covering a plurality of human greatness and misery situations run parallel to Rosario's own story.

This year marks the 22nd edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), which aspires to play in the same league as Cannes, Venice and Berlin and be recognized as one of the four major film festivals in the World.

Congratulations, Mario!

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

New York wonders about tomatos' blame

Collective documentary film ¿Qué culpa ten o tomate? / From the Land to Your Table produced by Galician Tic Tac Producciones and Argentinian Lagarto Cine, is celebrating its world première next November 5th at MoMA's Our Way(s) exhibition, organized in collaboration with the Ibermedia program.

Directed by Alejo Hoijman (Argentina), Marcos Loayza (Bolivia), Josué Méndez (Peru), Carolina Navas Gutiérrez (Columbia), Paola Vieira (Brazil), Alejandra Szeplaki (Venezuela), and Galician Jorge Coira, ¿Qué culpa ten o tomate? is an omnibus documentary that captures the conditions and cultural diversity of produce markets throughout Iberoamérica. Each of its seven segments retains its particular unique style and tone, leading the viewer through diverse economic systems and life stories.

This film is an original production from Tic Tac Producciones and Lagarto Cine, co-produced by Alma Filmes and Púcara Films (Bolivia), Tv Zero (Brazil), Pato Feo Films (Columbia), Chullachaki (Peru) and Estrella Films (Venezuela).

Congratulations again, Fernanda and Jorge!

Clustering in Cannes

Under the brand Audiovisual Galicia, a delegation of 16 companies associated to the Galician Audio-Visual Cluster CLAG is visiting MIPCOM, which is being held in Cannes from October 5th to October 9th.

A stand of 39 sq. meters serves as the platform to provide visibility to the Galician audiovisual industry at one of the most renowned content markets in the world. Participating companies are Abano Producións, Continental, R, Adivina Producciones, Isabella Audiovisual, Interacción, Setemedia, Milou Films, Filmanova, Filmax, Enxebre Entertainment, Perro Verde Films, Voz Audiovisual, Xamalú Filmes, Ficción Producciones e Dygra Films.

The Galician delegation has already closed meetings with some half hundred of companies in France, United Kingdom, Finland, Australia, Brazil and Argentina. This agenda is expected to grow in the next days, as additional attendees discover what Galician industry has to offer.

It is the third time that CLAG is present in Cannes with a stand of its own, in an initiative that is definitely contributing to consolidate the image of Galicia abroad.

Monday, 28 September 2009

Be among the Masters in Ourense

This year's edition of the Ourense International Film Festival OUFF will host three special Master classes with relevant international experts. As in previous years, this initiative is performed in partnership with the EU Media program training initiative EAVE.

This year's OUFF Master Classes include Jean de Forêts presentation on how to enter full feature film production from the short film world; Olimpia Pont Cháfer's discussion on co-producing in Europe; and Lise Lense-Møller's talk on documentary film production development.

You can learn more from this programs and the experts participating in this initiative here.

These 4-hour Master-level lectures will take place at the OUFF venue every morning from 12th to 14th October. Obviously, it is a most interesting opportunity for learning with the best. Enjoy it!

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Waiting for Robert Capa the Galician Way

Esperando por Robert Capa / Waiting for Robert Capa, the last novel of Galician writer Susana Fortes, will be adapted for film by American director, writer and producer Michael Mann. The novel is based on the love story and professional relationship between German and Hungarian photojournalists Gerda Taro and Robert Capa since they met in Paris in 1935 until she died in El Escorial in 1937 during the Spanish Civil war. Love, war and photojournalism marked the lives of Robert Capa and Gerda Taro. They were young, committed against fascism, and nonconformist. They put everything they had in life at risk, until the last consequences. Robert and Gerda created their own legend and remained faithful to it.

This is one of the rare occasions where a Spanish writer sells the rights of a novel to Hollywood. According to Fortes’ agent Anna Soler-Pont, this case is even more striking, as Esperando por Robert Capa has not been published in English yet.

American production company Forward Pass (Public Enemies, The Aviator, Hancock) will produce the film. Mann is considering directing the film himself, but this has not been confirmed yet.

Esperando por Robert Capa is available in Spanish from Planeta.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Agallas beats Hollywood Blockbusters in Galicia. That's guts!

The theatrical release of Andrés Luque & Samuel Martín's Agallas / Guts last Friday positioned this film as the second most viewed movie in Galicia this weekend, only surpassed by Ken Kwapis' romantic comedy He's Just Not That Into You.

The film, located in Galicia, starring Carmelo Gomez and Hugo Silva, and including an impressive representation of Galician actors and actresses among the cast, beat American blockbusters as Gamer, Funny people, Up, The Year One, The Hangover or the independent production Frozen River. The film is co-produced by Galician Continental Producciones.

This seems to indicate that Agallas might become one of the five most successful Spanish films this year, and one of the most successful Galician-coproduced films ever.

Congratulations, Pancho!

Monday, 31 August 2009

Tic, tac, tic, tac, .... Film in Progress...

Paz Fabrega's Agua Fría de Mar, co-produced by Galician Tic-Tac Producciones, has been selected for presentation at the 16th edition of Films in Progress, at the upcoming San Sebastian Festival.

Agua Fria de Mar opens with Mariana and Rodrigo driving to the Pacific coast on New Year's holidays. There, late at night and in the middle of nowhere, they find serven-year-old Karina, who ran away from home. The couple decides to stay the night and deal with the situation in the morning. But by dawn, the girl’s gone.

Agua Fría de Mar is produced by Le Films du Requin (France), Tic Tac Producciones (Galicia, Spain), Temporal Films (Costa Rica), Isabella Films (The Netherlands) and Pimienta Films (México).

A total of 115 projects from 21 countries were submitted to Films in Progress for the 2009 edition, almost duplicating the films received last year. Only six movies, among them Agua Fría de Mar, were selected for presentation.

Selected films will compete for the Films in Progress Industry Award, which will cover the post-production costs of an English subtitled 35mm print; the Spanish public broadcaster's TVE Award, worth 60,000 euros in broadcasting rights; and the Casa de América Award, consisting on a 10,000 euro grant to cover post-production of a Latin American film. Besides, participating films will achieve international diffusion through the Instituto Cervantes world network.

Films in Progress is backed by the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrolo (AECID), Casa de América, Interreg III-A Francia-España, Kodak (professional cinema division), Mediapro, Molinare Madrid, No Problem Sonido, Programa Ibermedia, Technicolor Entertainment Services Spain, Titra Film and TVE, and the collaboration of the Centre National du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC), Confédération Internationale des Cinémas d’Art et Essai (CICAE), CROUS, ESAV, Europa Distribution, FNAC, Fondation Groupama Gan pour le Cinéma, Instituto Cervantes, La Cinéfondation, Mactari, Marché du Film and Signis.

Congratulations, Fernanda!

Saturday, 29 August 2009

The Desert Line

Some years ago, Vigo’s public transportation company Vitrasa initiated the donation of old buses to the refugee camps in Sahara. In some occasions populated with medicines and food, the buses that formerly covered routes in the Galician city of Vigo, now communicate schools or medical facilities in the refugee camps.

Former Vitrasa buses serve as the conducting line of Eduardo Rolland and Luis Montengro’s A Liña do Deserto / The Desert Line, a documentary film produced by Antón Reixa for Galician production company Filmanova. Around these green cars, stories of anonymous people illustrating the everyday life in the Sahrawi settlements are woven, like those of young Maimuna, a bus driver and a mother living there, a Sahrawi refugee living in Galicia, a volunteer in Tinduf, or several members of the Galician Association for the Solidarity with the Sahrawi People, among others.

I’m looking forward watching this piece of art at Galician TV!

Friday, 28 August 2009

Cell 211 at Venice

Daniel Monzón's Celda 211 has been selected for participation at the autonomous section Venice Days of the 66th edition of the Venice International Film Festival - Biennale di Venezia.

Starring Galician actors Luis Tosar (Casual Day, Miami Vice) and Marta Etura (Seven Minutes, South Desert) among others, Celda 211 tells the story of Xoán, a novice prison official that has the bad luck of starting a new job on the same day prisoners organize a mutiny.

Created in 2004 and promoted by the associations of Italian directors and authors, Venice Days – Giornate degli autore is an independent section within the Venice Film Festival focused on European and independent cinema. According to the section’s vice-president Sylvain Auzou, selected films represents “the future of European auteur cinema, with a directorial approach that doesn’t alienate mainstream audiences”.

Cell 211 is produced by Morena Films, Galician Vaca Films and Telecinco with the participation of French La Fabrique 2 and Galician public broadcaster TVG.

Cell 211 is to be unveiled on September, 4th at Sala Perla 2.

Congratulations Emma!

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Galicia hits the Spanish Department of Culture’s money pot

The first grants given by the new team at the Spanish Department of Culture have recognized the relevance of Galicia within the Spanish film panorama. Nine of the projects submitted by Galician producers and creators have received public aids to facilitate their development, which is the highest rate of subsided projects in the history of the Galician audiovisual.

2,611,912 € from a total budget of 15 Mo. € allocated by the Spanish department of Culture to the realization of new projects are expected to arrive in Galicia. Three feature films (Gustavo Balza’s Doentes; Breogán Riveiro’s O Síndrome do cacareo and Mario Iglesias’ Rosario); three animation feature films (Angel de la Cruz’s Arrugas, Fernando Cortizo’s O Apóstolo, and Alexandre Colls’ A Tropa de Trapo); two TV animation series pilots (Alberto Taraco’s Rascayú, and Max Fuentes’ Todo controlado); and Regina Alvarez’s documentary film Gitanos de Buenos Aires complete the list of aided Galician projects.

This represents an important achievement for Galician producers, and especially for Galician animation production companies. Four out of nine selected animation projects have been proposed by Galician companies.

Title Translations

Today, Galician public broadcaster TVG airs Rob Reiner’s When Harry met Sally… (1989), in my opinion one of the funniest movies of all times. Incidentally, the Galician title of this film, Cando Harry atopou a Sally, after Spanish Cuando Harry encontró a Sally, reflects a funny situation that happens every now and then: a complete misunderstanding of the original meaning of a film’s title when producing the Spanish translation. As most of the time Galician titles of foreign films come from the Spanish translation instead of being translated directly from their original language (why?), we can enjoy this situation in both languages.

I am not talking about movie distribution companies’ decision of producing a completely different title for the Spanish version (e.g. Die Hard / La Jungla de Cristal or Miller’s Crossing / Muerte entre las Flores), which will require a post on its own, but about choosing a plainly wrong translation for a film title.

Translation of When Harry met Sally… is a good example. Meet means both to come together and to become acquainted with some other. The original title is perfect, ellipsis included, which reflects the idea when (or if) Harry meets Sally anything can happen. On the other side, the translated version means When Harry found Sally and all the magic is lost.

There are many other examples funnier than this. The one I like most is the translation of Stanley Kubrik’s Full Metal Jacket (1987) into A Chaqueta Metálica. Full metal jacket or FMJ refers to a bullet encased in a metal alloy shell. The Spanish (technical) term for this is camisa metálica, so the correct title should have been Camisa Metálica. A Chaqueta Metálica is just stupid. May be that is the reason why the film was also known in Spain as La Chupa de Chapa.

William Friedkin’s Rules of Engagement (2000) offers another example of lack of knowledge of the military jargon. It was translated into Regras de Compromiso. In military or police operations, the rules of engagement (ROE) determine when, where, and how force shall be used. Thus, it should have been translated into Normas de Combate or something like that. Regras de compromiso (rules of commitment) tells absolutely nothing about the film’s gist.

Let us change subject. Peter Bogdanovich’s What’s up Doc? (1972) was translated into ¿Qué me pasa Doutor? Obviously, the original title is after the famous Bugs Bunny’s tag, which was dubbed into Spanish as ¿Qué hay de nuevo, viejo? You can imagine that title ¿Que me pasa Doutor? tells absolutely nothing to a Spanish or Galician audience.

Religion and French is also the target of ignorant title translators. Jean-Luc Godard’s Je vous salue, Marie (1985) was translated into Yo te saludo, María. Simple and straightforward, huh? The original title corresponds to the French version of the first verse of the most famous prayer to the Virgin Mary, the English version being “Hail Mary, full of grace” and the Galician one “Deus che salve, Raíña e Nai”.

There are many other cases like the translations of Total recall, Torn curtain, Hidden agenda, Things you can tell just by looking at her... You can tell...

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Galician professionals associations unite

The Galician Actors & Actresses Association (AAAG), a The Galician Association of Film Writers (AGAG), The Galician Association of Audiovisual Technical Staff (ATEGA) and the Galician Association of Directors (CREA) have united to claim for their rights to the Galician administration.

Their first press communiqué collects the following claims:
  • A continuous dialogue between the Galician administration and the professional associations. This dialogue should be institutionally acknowledged with the integration of the professional associations in the body that eventually will assume the responsibilities of Galician audiovisual promotion.
  • The immediate resumption by the Department of Culture of the open calls for funding.
  • The presence of specialists in the commissions evaluating the proposals submitted to funding calls.
  • Coordination between the Galician public broadcaster TVG and the Department of Culture to guarantee the feasibility of the projects funded by the Department of Culture.
  • The resumption of the Audiovisual Support Plan that was outlined in the previous period of office.
  • Credible assurance of compliance by the RTVG with the law which requires it to invest 5% of their income on film production.

More information in a nutshell

As discussed in a previous post, the Galician Audiovisual Observatory publishes a series of reports about specific aspects of the media sector.

New reports available since that post are:

Again, reports are in Galician, but most of the relevant information corresponds to figures and charts. The rest: a wonderful opportunity to improve your Galician!

Enjoy them!

Monday, 8 June 2009

Galician presence at the Spanish Film Screenings

The 4th edition of Madrid de Cine - Spanish Film Screenings, which is being held on 7th, 8th and 9th June in Madrid, will host the presentation of the latest film of Artemática, Angel de la Cruz's Los muertos van deprisa. Besides, the Galician production company Dygra Films, is presenting a preview of what will be the first Spanish 3D animated movie as part of this event, the feature film Noche ¿de paz?.

Madrid de Cine is organized by the federation of Spanish producers FAPAE, and is designed as an international platform for promoting Spanish cinema. The aim is to encourage international sales, and to generate awareness among the specialized international press about Spanish films to be released in the near future.

Saturday, 30 May 2009

Padre Casares best TV fiction, Spanish Academy awards

Voz Audiovisual's TV show Padre Casares has been recognized as the best regional fiction show in 2008 by the Spanish TV Arts and Sciences Academy.

The Academy Council, whose present members belong to the Spanish public broadcaster Televisión Española, private broadcasters Antena 3 TV, Cuatro and laSexta, the federation of regional public television FORTA, the satellite platform Digital +, and cable operator ONO, selected Padre Casares among 70 candidate shows, beating close competitors like Llàgrima de sang , from Televisió de les Illes Balears or La alquería blanca from Canal Nou.

Padre Casares will receive the award next June 29th at the 9th annual television academy awards event, which will be broadcasted live by Televisión Española's La2 from the Aranjuez Casino.

Congratulations to all the members of the cast & crew of Padre Casares!

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Wii, Carballeira!

Nintendo, one of the world's leading video game companies, has just certified Continental Producciones as its first Galician content developer.

After a two-year investment of some 600 Keuro, Continental is ready to open its new line of video game creation for the popular Nintendo game platforms. If everything goes as planned, this same year the first Wii game Made in Galicia, a simulator that converts a TV set into a remotely-controlled fireplace, could be found at stores.

At the same time, Continental is developing in Vigo with the support of engineers from the Universities of Vigo and Santiago de Compostela, two additional video games to be distributed at the Nintendo webstore. The first one will be named Emotional training, and is intended to test and improve emotional skills. The second one is a truth machine that will measure pulse, sweating intensity and blood tension with the aid of a device placed on the player's finger.

Monday, 11 May 2009

Galician death people hurry up to Napoli

Ángel de la Cruz's Os Mortos van á présa has been selected for competition at the Napoli Film Festival, to be held from June, 10th to June 15th at Castel Sant'Elmo, one of the most beautiful landmarks in Napoli. The film, shot entirely in Galicia with a mostly Galician cast & crew, will participate at the Europa, Mediterraneo official section.

The Europa, Mediterraneo section is targeted to feature films produced by production companies established in countries from the Mediterranean basin participating in the European MEDIA programme. All selected films presented have been completed after January 1, 2007.

The selected films will run for the Vesuvio Award.

Congratulations and good luck, Ángel!

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Let's talk at UNESCO

IBISAtv’s production Linatakalam (arab for Let’s talk) has just been invited to join the UNESCO audiovisual e-platform.

This online audiovisual platform aims at promoting the international distribution of television content from around the world. It offers recent public service-oriented high quality fiction, documentaries and TV magazines from independent filmmakers and producers. The impressive collection hosted by this platform is a genuine expression of the different cultures in the world.

Valentín Carrera’s Linatakalam was produced in 2006 by IBISAtv with the participation of the Galician public broadcaster TVG, the Spanish broadcaster TVE, and production companies from Morocco and Italy. The production, endorsed by the Alliance of Civilizations initiative, was shot in Egypt, Spain, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey and Italy. The show is composed of six chapters devoted to the encounter of civilizations, the silent revolution of women, water as the gold of the future, the globalization of immigration, religions living together, and the intercultural education of new generations as the only guarantee of a common future in peace.

Monday, 27 April 2009

Madrid is not so far away

Felipe Vega, Julio Llamazares and Ángel Fernández Zoido's O Pequeno Eloxio da Distancia / The Little Eulogy of Distance (DVD, 15', 2008) has been selected for participation at Documenta Madrid's short film national competition, to be held in Madrid from May, 1st to May 10th.

This documentary short film reflects one year in the authors' life looking for a secret hidden deep in the forest, beneath the rain, in the mist of A Fonsagrada, a mysterious land to the east of the Galician province of Lugo.

Congratulations Felipe, Julio and Ángel!

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Relevant Galician presence at Marché du Film

A delegation of ten Galician companies from the Galician Audiovisual Cluster will participate at this year’s edition of Marché du Film, to be held in Cannes from May, 13th to May, 23rd.

With this initiative, Adivina Producciones, Cinemar Films, Continental Producciones, Dygra Films, Filmanova, Ficción Producciones, Formato Producciones, Milou Films, Voz Audiovisual and Xamalú Filmes will try to foster their relations with the key stakeholders of this sector at an international level.

Good luck!

Ángel de la Cruz awarded at Porto

Galician director Ángel de la Cruz (Los muertos van deprisa, El Bosque Animado) has received the Manuel de Oliveira special award at the 1st edition of PortoCine, an independent film festival held in Porto from April 17th to April 20th.

Ángel de la Cruz’s Los muertos van deprisa was the film selected for the official opening of the festival at Porto’s Cinema Batalha.

Congratulations, Ángel!

Monday, 20 April 2009

My Favorite Short Film List

This is my top favorite Galician short film list. Probably film experts / critics will not agree with some of the entries in this proposal but, what the heck, it’s mi favorite list.

Btw, order is alphabetical.

Thanks to Curtas na Rede, Flocos.TV and Mundo Corto for providing the links to enjoy them.

Enjoy them!

Friday, 17 April 2009

Padre Casares to evangelize Monte-Carlo

Voz Audiovisual TV series Padre Casares has been nominated in four categories at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival TVFest 09. Only two additional Spanish TV shows are among the nominees, Spanish public broadcaster TVE’s Cuéntame, and Antena 3’s El Internado. Only 51 TV productions from 22 different countries have reached the final phase of the 49th edition of this renowned festival, to be held in Monte-Carlo from 7th to 11th June, 2009.

Padre Casares will be competing for the Golden Nymph award in the categories:
Besides Spanish hits Cuéntame and El Internado, performers and producers in Padre Casares will compete with international TV series like ABC Studios' Lost, American Movie Classics' Mad Men or 20th Century Fox Television's Boston Legal.

Padre Casares is one of the most successful TV series aired by Galician public broadcaster TVG, with recurring prime-time share figures well over 25% in Galicia.

Congratulations to all who made it possible!

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Eloy Lozano. The End.

Galician cinematographer Eloy Lozano passed away yesterday. One of the most active fighters for an independent Galician cinema, Eloy Lozano was the first cinematographer in producing a feature film in Galician: Retorno a Tagen Ata (1974).

Eloy Lozano was a key figure in developing the idea of a self-conscious Galician cinema. Among others, he pioneered the Galician video-creation movement in the ’80 with works like Numeralia or Catro Escultores. He also restored the seminal film O Carro e o Home (1941), created the production company Off Filmes and promoted the Ourense International Film Festival.

Among his late works, he directed Bellas Durmientes (1999) after Yasunari Kawabata’s story, produced the TV show Idea e Territorio on contemporary architecture, and directed the documentary film Quen son? (2008) analyzing Galician identitary matters.

Farewell, Eloy!

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Pradolongo bust share registers at TVG

Ignacio Villar’s Pradolongo achieved an average prime-time audience share of 20% on its première at the Galician broadcaster TVG last Tuesday. During the time the film was on air, TVG became the preferred station among all stations received in Galician households.

The film, starring Galician actors and shot in Galician language at Galician locations, is confirmed as one of the most valued films by Galician audiences.

Congratulations, Ignacio, Tamara, Rubén, Roberto, and the rest of the cast!

Coser e Cantar at Gibara

Having as one of his main objectives to introduce Galicia beyond Galician borders, Galician actor and cinematographer Rubén Rios is presenting his late work Coser y Cantar at the Festival Internacional de Cine Pobre de Gibara (Cuba).

Coser e Cantar is a story about personal endeavour in a totalitarian society where personal dreams strive to survive.

Congratulations Ruben!

Thursday, 12 March 2009

The Galician Audiovisual Consortium travels to Brazil

Consorcio Audiovisual de Galicia, in collaboration with the Agência Nacional do Cinema of Brazil (ANCINE) and the Cinema do Brasil Program, promotes the 3rd Audiovisual Meeting between Brazil and Galicia to be held in Salvador de Bahia from 12 to 15 March. 

This action is intended to provide continuity and to strengthen the links established in the previous editions held in São Paulo (March 2007) and A Coruña (June 2008), which had the participation of some thirty producers, as well as representatives of both territories. 

On this occasion, a delegation of 15 representatives of the Galician audiovisual sector scrolls to Brazil to establish new contacts that may foster bilateral co-productions and contribute to the international dissemination of the Galician audiovisual production.

The 2nd Galician-Brazilian co-production fund will bi launched during this event. Besides, this meeting will also host the 2nd Galician Film Festival and a meeting between Galician an Brazilian producers.

Galicia will be represented by some 13 production companies, Galician Actors & Actresses Association representative Vicente de Souza, and the Managing Director of the Consorcio Audiovisual de Galicia Nacho Varela.

Monday, 9 March 2009

Blind Sunflowers conquer Cartagena

Director José Luis Cuerda has been recognized with the Best Director award at the Festival de Cine de Cartagena de Indias for his film Los Girasoles Ciegos. Young actor Roger Príncep received the Best Actor in a Supporting Role award for this film too.

Los Girasoles Ciegos / Blind Sunflowers was partially located in the Ourense province, and was partially funded by the Galician public-private venture Sempre Cinema Produccións.

Congratulations, José Luis!

(Btw: Note the similarity between India Catalina and Oscar :-)

Galician Popcorn Online, an online streaming service collecting the most relevant short films produced in Galicia so far, has reached the 200 movie mark. Besides, has more than 1,500 daily visits and more than 1,100 registered users.

If you want to have an idea about what the Galician audiovisual creativity is capable of, sure is a no-brainer option. In you can enjoy the most relevant of the Galician short film production, including historical pieces difficult to find elsewhere, award-winning productions, or the most bizarre outcomes of our filmmakers.


Thursday, 5 March 2009

Galician Mutants to conquer the Net

Francisco Calvelo Moreira’s short film No me mires así, Mutante / Don’t look at me that way, Mutant has been selected among the Finalists of the 7th edition of Jameson Notodofilmfest. Finalists have a chance to win one of the succulent prizes in money granted by the Jury and the Audience.

Congratulations, Francisco!

Rainy day, now in Cambridge

Andrés Victorero’s experimental short film Rainy Day has been selected for competition at the Cambridge Super 8 film Festival, to be held in Cambridge, England from 29th April to 2nd May.

Rainy Day is a good example of the creative renaissance that the super 8 format has undergone in the last years due to the digital revolution.

Congratulations again, Andrés!

Friday, 13 February 2009

Visual Sound, May Be

Carlos Seijo's Pode Ser (May Be) is the only galician production selected for participation at the 6th Barcelona Visual Sound, to be held in Barcelona from February, 17th to February 27th.

Starring Camila Bossa and Toñito de Poi, Pode Ser is about fisherman Carlos and his wife Manuela and their time together one hour before the next departure of Carlos. One hour, everything is possible.

Barcelona Visual Sound proposes a jam-packed week for audiovisual aficionados that includes workshops, round tables and selected, carefully chosen, screenings. This event contributes to support the originality, creativity and ingenuity of audiovisual artists, accepting all kinds of audiovisual formats, including documentaries, short films, animation, web design, micromovies, ...

Congratulations, Carlos!

Friday, 6 February 2009

Martin Sheen to shot in Galicia

Martin Sheen and his son Emilio Estevez are pre-producing a project about the Way of St. James, with locations in Santiago de Compostela and the Galician coast. The project has been presented to the Galician public-private venture Sempre Cinema Producións, which is studying the project.

This way, Galician-American Martin Seen will have the chance of revisiting his origins and relating two fundamental axes of his life, his homeland and cinema.

Fantasporto speaks Galician

Galician Films will have a relevant presence at Fantasporto 2009. After the awards received in previous editions by Ángel de la Cruz’s El Bosque Animado and Un Franco, Catorce Pesetas, films produced in Galicia will have a space of their own in this year’s edition of Fantasporto with a selection of productions from the last two years including the full feature films O Espíritu do Bosque from David Rubin, Felipe Vega’s O Eloxio da Distancia, Alfonso Zarauza’s A Noite que Deixou de Chover, Pablo Iglesias’ Pedro e o Capitán, Xabier Bermúdez’s Rafael, Ignacio Villar’s Pradolongo, and 10 additional short films.

Fantasporto 2009’ Galician Program is being held at the Porto’s Rivoli Teathe from February 21st to February 26th.

You can access the complete program here. Enjoy!

Goodbye Edrada, Hello San Diego

Ruben Rios’ awarded short film Adeus Edrada has been selected for participation at the 16th San Diego Latino Film Festival, to be held in San Diego from March, 12th to March 22nd.

Congratulations, Rubén!

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Martin Sheen and Emilio Estévez with Galician performers

Yesterday was presented in Madrid the online catalogue of the Galician Actors and Actresses Association. This public presentation, which took place at the Aisge Foundation headquarters, was targeted to production companies and casting directors to offer them a simple way to select, contact and arrange appointments with Galician performers.

Among the participants in this event, were the President of the Galician Actors and Actresses Association Vicente Montoto, the President of the Aisge Foundation Pilar Bardem, the President of the Government of Galicia Emilio Pérez Touriño … and Galician-american actor Martin Sheen and his son Emilio Estévez, son and grandson of a Gallego from Salceda de Caselas.

Both, through their roots, but also for their generous gesture yesterday, share with us Gallegos the heart of the Galleguidad that spans the five continents.

Thank you very much, Martin and Emilio!

Monday, 2 February 2009

Missing Lynx; Goya Found

Galician co-produced animation feature film El lince perdido / The missing lynx has just received the best animation feature film award at the 23rd edition of the Spanish Academy Awards.

This is the sixth year in a row Galician animation hits the pot at the Spanish Academy Awards, this time with an andalusian-galician co-production. Besides, Galician production company Perro Verde Films enters the hall of fame of Galician animation together with Bren Entertainment and Dygra Films.

Raul García and Manuel Sicilia’s El lince perdido is about a group of animals trying to find a way off of an eccentric billionaire's own personal Noah's Ark.

Congratulations Manuel!

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Galician documentary short films in Genève

A Nosa Galicia’s Sala Ourense will host from January 30th to February 1st a selection of Galician documentary short films produced between 2006 and 2008. The program includes Xurxo González’s Señores do Vento, Susana Rei’s Cousas de Kulechov, Oliver Laxe’s Paris #1, Pablo Millán’s Longo sendeiro de pedra, Oscar Galansky’s A guerra dos avós, Lara Bacelo’s John Ballan, detrás da porta, Marcos Nine’s JEDN, Isabel Martínez’s A república dos soños, Daniel López’s Naufraxio, Sabela Pernas’ Mundo bazar, and Jorge Saavedra’s Ferro ardendo.

A Nosa Galicia is a Galician cultural center established in 1967 mostly by second-generation Galicians living in Genève. Its activities include the promotion of Galician traditional music, with active groups of pandereteiras, and dance and bagpipe ensembles, theater, the promotion of cinema, and the organization of courses and other social activities.

G2 on air soon

Galician public broadcaster Manager Director Suso Iglesias announced yesterday that G2, the second program of TVG, is scheduled to be on air next February, 2nd.

G2 is mainly directed to youth audiences, and its grid will combine in-house production and international shows. The week-end will also be devoted to sports, with a clear focus on alternative and local sports.

G2 will be available through the broadcaster’s DVB-T network.

Touriñ IDNA enters personal television

President of the Government of Galicia and candidate to the reelection Emilio Perez Touriño’s Internet television was presented this week in Santiago de Compostela.

Touriñ is the first Internet television whose hosting domain includes the character “ñ”, a distinctive sign of Spanish and Galician. Standard for domain names requires a subset of the ASCII code, and consequently does not allow such characters.

Much work has gone into finding a way to internationalize domain names trying to preserve the stability of the domain name system at the same time. Rather than redesigning the existing DNS infrastructure, it was decided that non-ASCII domain names should be converted to a suitable ASCII-based form by web browsers, mail clients and other user applications, and the Internationalizing Domain Names in Applications initiative (IDNA) specifies how this conversion is to be done. For instance, IDNA-compliant browsers and mail clients will convert touriño into xn--tourio-0wa and vice versa, x--tourio-0wa being used internally by internet protocols and the Domain Name Service.

You can enjoy President Touriño’s TV at domains touriñ and in case you have not updated your browser yet.

Friday, 9 January 2009

Cinema & The Way of Saint James

Planning a pilgrimage to Santiago? If you are a film freak, and provided you are reading my blog about Galician cinema in English probably this is the case, why not to revise some of the many movies about or related to the Way of Saint James to inspire you?

Here are some of them:

Cotolay. José Antonio Nieves Conde
El Bordon y la Estrella. León Klimovsky
El Pórtico de la Gloria. Rafael J. Salvia
La Voie Lactée. Luis Buñuel
Flor de Santidad. Adolfo Marsillach.
La Rosa de Piedra. Manuel Palacios
Camino de Santiago. Robert Young
Tres en el Camino. Laurence Boulting
Camino de Santiago. El Origen. Jorge Algora
One day in Europe. Antón Reixa
Saint-Jacques... La Mecque. Coline Serreau.
Gisaku. Baltasar Pedrosa

Besides, last work of critic Ramón Herrera Cine jacobeo. El Camino de Santiago en la pantalla collects some of these and other films related in some way to the itineraries to Compostela, so you have some reading to complement your movie experience too :-)

Saturday, 3 January 2009

TVG 2008: Best ratings ever!

Galician public broadcaster TVG acheived in 2008 the best share figures ever with an average 15.5%. TVG ranked the second regional broadcaster in Spain after Andalusian Canal Sur with a 16.8% share, and got better figures in Galicia than well-established national broadcasters as La Sexta or Cuatro. During 2008 TVG succeeded in consolidating its audience and drastically reducing the gap with other major national stations as TVE, Tele 5 or Antena 3.

Indeed, TVG rules the prime time with shows like Luar (22.6% avg. share), Padre Casares (22.5%) or Libro de Familia (21.9%), all of them Galician productions.

If not living in Galicia, you may follow TVG through the International TVG program, which is available through the following satellite and cable networks:

  • Galicia TV Europa: Free on Hispasat 1C and Astra; TV Cabo Portugal, Cabovisão and Bragatel in Portugal; Genius Network in Romania; Telegeneva-Digitable and Cablecom in Switzerland.
  • Galicicia TV America: Free on Hispasat; Multicanal and other additional local cable networks in Argentina; Supercanal in Bolivia; Video Cable Continental in Chile; Sky and Cablevision in Mexico; Riselco, Montecable, TCC and Canal 49 in Uruguay; Cabletel-Veninfotel and other local cable networks in Venezuela.... and cable networks in Republica Dominicana, Paraguay, Honduras, Guatemala, Ecuador...
You may access the comple list here.

Congratulations to Benigno, Suso, Pastor, Canal, Roberto, Dudi and the rest of the TVG team!