The latest films from Oliver Laxe and Albert Serra will be taking part in Un Certain Regard, and "Canción Sin Nombre" (Song Without a Name) and "Je te Tiens" in Directors' Fortnight.
A candidate for the Palme d'Or in the official competition section, “Dolor y Gloria” (Pain and Glory) is the seventh film from Pedro Almodóvar since he first took part in the Cannes festival in 1999 with “Todo sobre mi Madre”(All About My Mother).
Starring Antonio Banderas, the film has already reaped considerable reward at the box office, grossing €5.2 million since its release on 22 March. It has also been sold for screening in cinemas worldwide by FilmNation Entertainment. Sony Pictures Classics will be launching it in the US.
The rural thriller “O que Arde” (Fire will Come), directed by Oliver Laxe, a Miramemira, Kowalski Films and Tarantula Luxembourg production, distributed internationally by Pyramide, is participating in the Un Certain Regard section, following the Galician director's win with “Mimosas” at the Critics' Week in 2016.
The other Spanish presence at Un Certain Regard goes to “Liberté” (Freedom), by Albert Serra, in what will be his fourth appearance at Cannes. It is a story set in the 18th Century and produced by Andergraun Films, Rosa Filmes, Idéale Audience and Lupa Film, which the French company Films Boutique is marketing internationally.
In addition, two productions will be taking part in the Directors' Fortnight: the Spanish/Chilean co-production “Canción sin Nombre” (Song Without a Name) and the short "Je te Tiens".
Growing importance of animation
The Annecy Goes to Cannes initiative, in its fourth year, has chosen the Spanish/Chinese co-production “Dragonkeeper” as one of the 5 animated feature films to be presented to an audience of industry executives.
The ever more important animation industry is also represented at Marché du Film by another pioneering Spanish/Chinese co-production, “Bikes”, a partnership between Animation Bikes, A.I.E., CVC Group from China and Argentinian Aleph Media, marketed internationally by Filmax.
Latido Films will be selling another more recent outstanding Spanish animated movie at Cannes, “Buñuel en el Laberinto de las Tortugas” (Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles), by Salvador Simó, winning director of the Cartoon Movie 2019 Tribute Awards.
The comedy “Lo Dejo cuando Quiera” (I Can Quit Whenever I Want), a co-production from Telecinco Cinema and MOD Producciones, and directed by Carlos Theron, has become the most successful local box office Spanish film so far this year, notching up €6.7 million and over a million viewers. Filmax will be responsible for presenting it to international buyers.
In addition to all these films there will be over 30 market screenings, the vast majority of them being world premières. All the details about these films and their screening times can be seen HERE.
First original film from Movistar +
“Mientras Dure la Guerra” (While at War) marks Amenábar’s long-awaited return to filming in Spanish since “Mar Adentro” (The Sea Inside), starring Javier Bardem, won the Oscar for the best non-English-speaking film in 2005.
The first original film from pay TV operator Movistar +, co-produced with Spain's MOD Producciones and Himenóptero and Argentina's K&S Films, “Mientras Dure la Guerra” is being presented at Marché du Film by Film Factory Entertainment. Karra Elejalde (“Ocho Apellidos Vascos” (Spanish Affair)) stars in this historical drama in the role of writer Miguel de Unamuno.
The business centre for the Spanish companies during the Marché du Film will be the CINEMA FROM SPAIN pavilion (Riviera A5).