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The films "The Sacred Spirit", sold by Heretic, and "Sis Dies Corrents,” marketed by Beta Cinema, compete for the Golden Leopard in their world premiere

“The Sacred Spirit

The films by Chema García Ibarra and Neus Ballús are two of the 17 titles participating in the International Competition of the Swiss festival, which celebrates its 74th edition from this August 4 to 14.

"The Sacred Spirit" is the long-awaited feature debut by García Ibarra, who has an outstanding track record as a short filmmaker, with titles such as "The Attack Of The Robots From Nebula 5" and "Protoparticles,” with honorable mentions at the Sundance Film Festival, or “Mistery,” nominated for the European Film Awards.

A Spain-France-Turkey co-production involving Jaibo Films and Apellaniz y de Sosa production companies on the Spanish side, France's La Fabrica Nocturna Cinéma and Istanbul-based Teferruat Film, "The Holy Spirit" was chosen to participate in the 10 Promising Spanish Projects in Development session organized by the Spanish Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts (ICAA) as part of its activities at the 2020 Cannes Marché du Film in Cannes.

Athens-based Heretic has recently acquired worldwide sales rights.

"We are delighted to represent the debut of Chema Garcia Ibarra, a fresh and talented voice, who will undoubtedly stand out among the new wave of films coming out of Spain," says Ioanna Stais, Heretic's Director of Sales and Acquisitions.
For Stais, the Alicante filmmaker "offers a film that builds an intriguing and mysterious narrative, which finds a way to hit the stomach when you least expect it. It is a stunning visual film, told in the most skillful and unexpected way."

Comedy by Neus Ballús

The comedy "Sis Dies Corrents" (“Six Ordinary Days”) is the third feature film by Neus Ballús, an outstanding member of a new generation of internationally acclaimed and award-winning Catalan directors.

Ballús' first feature film, “La Plaga” (“The Plague”) positioned this young filmmaker on the most promising Spanish film scene. Internationally, her debut feature film premiered at the Berlinale 2013 and won more than 20 awards at film festivals around the world, as well as being nominated for the European Film Awards and the LUX Awards of the European Parliament. Ballús also received a nomination for Best New Director at the Goya Awards.

Her second feature film, “Staff Only,” had its international premiere in the Panorama section of the Berlinale 2019 and was also screened at the Malaga Festival.

"Sis dies corrents" is produced by Distinto Films and El Kinògraf, with associated production by Slot Machine (France) and the participation of RTVE, TV3 and Movistar Plus.

Beta Cinema, founded by Slovak-born producer Jan Mojto, one of the most powerful figures in the European film and television industry, is handling international rights for the film, which will be distributed in France by Jour2Fete and in Spain by Filmax

Three Spanish Producers in Match Me!

On the other hand, Spanish producers Patricia Fraile, from the Donostia-based company Maluta Films; Cristina Hergueta, from the Cáceres-based company Garde Films; and Carlos Pardo Ros, from Dvein Films in Madrid, are participating in the Match Me! event at the Locarno Festival, with the support of the ICAA.

Match Me! is a networking platform that allows new or emerging production companies to offer their visions and innovative approaches.

The program for this event includes a list of 24 candidates and is developed in two phases. In the first, from August 2 to 4, producers will hold a series of tailor-made 'one to one' meetings.

In the second phase, from August 6 to 8, they will meet face-to-face with potential international partners in order to strengthen their relationships and common interests, as well as to find co-producers.

Maluta Films' projects in development, with strong social and historical roots, are “Hezurrak,” by Ainhoa Gutiérrez del Pozo, “Ainara, ” by Juan San Martín and Ritxi Lizartza, and "Koaxi," by Naia Arantzamendi.

Garde Films has “Los caballos” (“Horses”) by Pedro G. Romero, and “Esto no es una poesía” (“This is Not Poetry”), an omnibus that integrates several authorial short films.

In the case of Dvein Films, the projects are “Last Night I Conquered the City of Thebes,” by Gabriel Azorín, “I Am Vertical but I Would Rather Be Horizontal, ” by director and editor María Antón Cabot, and "H," by Pardo Ros.