20,000 species of bees
The countdown begins for the celebration of the Malaga Film Festival, one of the great events of Spanish cinema as well as Ibero-American cinema. Little by little we will know the films that will participate in the Official Section of its 26th edition, which will take place from March 10 to 19.
The Malaga contest was born in 1998 and in each of its editions it has sought to achieve a series of specific objectives, among them, favoring the dissemination and promotion of Spanish cinematography, becoming a benchmark at a national and international level in the field of cinematographic manifestations and contributing to the development of the city of Malaga as an open and cultural city.
The contest, which this year celebrates its twenty-sixth edition, makes a powerful contribution to the development of cinema in Spanish by presenting not only fiction films: in its proposal there is space for documentaries, short films, etc., in addition to paying tribute to different personalities from the industry cinematography and organize numerous cycles, exhibitions and parallel activities, as well as commemorate some of the best Spanish cinema films of all time.
In addition to promoting a wide panorama of cinematographic culture, the festival intends to always be attentive to training, creativity and innovation, framed within an activity that stands out for its dynamic nature in continuous evolution and transformation. There have been directors and directors who today are more than consolidated in the Spanish cinema scene. Great titles from our cinema have passed through the festival: there he won the Golden Biznaga for ‘Summer 1993’, Carla Simón’s first film before the work with which he won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale. It also happened at the time ‘Stockholm’, the film with which Rodrigo Sorogoyen became known. Or ‘Cinco lobitos’, the first film by Alauda Ruiz de Azúa, which was the winner of the last edition. Even Pilar Palomero went through the contest with ‘Las niñas’. All these filmmakers will be present at the next edition of the Goya Awards. Next February 11 we will see how the list of winners remains.
Now the first titles of this year have been released: among them are the film Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren, with ‘20,000 species of bees’, ‘Under therapy’ by Gerardo Herrero, ‘The punishment’ by Matías Bize, the new by Marina Seresesky, ‘The dance begins’ and ‘A life not so simple’, the latest work by Félix Viscarret. All will compete for the Biznaga de Oro.
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20,000 species of bees (Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren)
After the shorts ‘Cuerdas’ and ‘Polvo somos’, the filmmaker arrives with her first feature that will also screen at the Berlinale. In the story we meet eight-year-old Cocó, who does not fit the expectations of others and does not understand why. Everyone around him insists on calling him Aitor but he does not recognize himself in that name. Her mother Ane will take advantage of the holidays to travel with her three children to her mother’s house, where her mother Lita and her aunt Lourdes reside, closely linked to the breeding of bees. This summer that will change their lives will force these women from three very different generations to face their doubts and fears.
Under therapy (Gerardo Herrero)
Gerardo Herrero returns to Malaga with this comedy that will premiere on March 17. Three couples attend an unusual group therapy session. The psychologist has left them some envelopes with slogans that the couples will have to address and analyze together. The proposed mechanic encourages everyone to think, discuss and finally end up showing themselves as they are. With humor, the emotional journey of the characters will be complicated to unsuspected limits.
Antonia Zegers, Néstor Cantillana, Catalina Saavedra, Yair Juri and Santiago Urbina star in this story. Ana and Mateo look for her son after leaving him alone for a few minutes as punishment for misbehaving. This desperate search takes place in a forest and a road and takes place in real time. In 80 minutes, the couple will have to face fear, guilt, the fragility of their union, and the harshest of revelations: a part of Ana hopes she won’t find her son because she hasn’t been happy since she died. he was born.
Let the dance begin, Marina Seresesky
Carlos and Margarita were the most famous and recognized tango couple of their time. Today, little or nothing remains of that splendor, of that passion that led them to share scenes, trips and life… Carlos lives in Madrid, enjoying the second chance that life has given him and Margarita lives in Buenos Aires immersed in poverty and oblivion, but with that sarcastic and scoundrel humor that has always characterized her. Together with their inseparable friend Pichuquito, the couple begins a journey in search of answers, which will confront them with their memories, their fears, but above all, their true desires. Darío Grandinetti and Mercedes Morán are the stars of this comedy about true love.
A not so simple life, Félix Viscarret
Viscarret returns to the contest with this comedy about characters in the midst of a professional and generational crisis, starring Miki Esparbé, Álex García, Olaya Caldera, Ana Polvorosa, Julián Villagrán and Ramón Barea. A story about professional and family reconciliation, embodied in the character of Isaías, who was a promising architect who now spends his days between his architecture studio and the park outside the school, where his children play.
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