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What are the Spanish films that are screened at the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes?

With "Pájaros de verano," Colombian film, begins the 50th edition of the festival, which will take place between May 9 and 19

What are the Spanish films that are screened at the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes?

Directors Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra, recognized by the film El abrazo de la serpiente (Oscar-nominated for best non-English speaking film in its 88th edition), premiered their film Summer Birds at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

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The Directors' Fortnight is a parallel section to the Cannes’ festival. Cristina Gallego, producer of Pájaros de Verano, explains that this section is looking at the work of women in different creative roles of cinema such as: direction, acting and writing.

Written by María Camila Arias and Jacques Toulemonde, the film features the participation of television actress Natalia Reyes, the theater actress Carmiña Martínez and the debut of José Acosta, along with natural actors.

This production had the support of Caracol Television and Dago García Producciones, it was filmed in locations in the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta and in the department of La Guajira, Colombia, for nine weeks.

The story focuses on the time of the so-called Bonanza Marimbera, as the boom in the cultivation and sale of Colombian marijuana to the United States was known. The story is told from the perspective of a Wayuu family in La Guajira, who is living the aftermath of the growth of this business. "Their culture, their traditions and their lives will be threatened by a war between brothers whose consequences will be felt by the whole world," says the synopsis.

What other Spanish-language films will be screened?

The Directors' Fortnight will also screen films spoken in Spanish as:

  • Buy me a revolver, from the Mexican Julio Hernández Cordón
  • 'Marimbas del infierno', by the same director
  • 'The sweeping motorcycle', by the Argentine Agustín Toscan
  • 'Los silencios', by the Brazilian Beatriz Seiger.
  • Two Spanish films: 'Petra', by Jaime Rosales and the world premiere of 'Carmen y Lola', by Arantxa Echevarría

It was in this parallel section of the film festival that the filmmaker Martin Scorsese was discovered to the world with his film 'Malas calles' (1973), and to whom the festival pays special tribute this year. To remember in the presence of the honoree the 45 years of this jewel of the cinema is confirmed the presence of name filmmakers with their new productions as, Gaspar Noé with 'Clímax'; Philippe Faucon (director of the remarkable 'Fatima') with 'Amín'; Guillaume Nicloux with 'Les confins du monde', described as a low-cost "Apocalypse Now"; Mohammed Ben Attial, Tunisian, with 'Hedi', the master of the anime Mamoru Osada, who competes with 'Mirai', as well as Romain Gavras ('Le monde est à toi') and Pierre Salvadori with 'En liberté!'. All of them in world premiere.

You will also see the European premieres of two American independent film films (indies): 'Leave no trace', by Debra Granik ('Winter Bones), and Ben Forster, and Panos Cosmatos, who arrive with' Mandy ', horror movie starring Nicolás Cage.

Latin American Post | Amaranta Torres
Translated from “ ¿Cuáles son las películas en español que se proyectan en la Quincena de Realizadores en Cannes?”