Víctor Erice returns to the cinema 30 years later through the front door, world-premiering his new film ‘Cerrar los ojos’ at the Cannes Film Festival along with names such as Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders, Wes Anderson and Pedro Almodóvar. Although he never really left, because since he released ‘El sol del quince’ in 1992 he has continued to be linked to the seventh art through teaching, criticizing and making short films and various collective and artistic projects related to the audiovisual.
The director of the event, Thierry Frémaux, announced the news this morning along with a large part of the programming of the most prestigious film festival in the world, which will celebrate its 76th edition on the French Riviera from May 16 to 27, 2023. However ‘Close your eyes’ will not compete for the Palme d’Orsince it has been framed in the Cannes Premières section along with the latest films by Takeshi Kitano (‘Kubi’), Martin Provost (‘Bonnard, Pierre et Marthe’) and Katell Quillévéré (‘Le temps d’aimer’).
The one who will fight for the jackpot will be the filmmaker from La Mancha Pedro Almodovarwhich will present its medium-length film ‘Strange way of life’ on the Croisette together with its protagonists Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke.
Scripted by the director of ‘El espíritu de la colmena’ and ‘El sur’ together with Michel Gaztambide (‘There will not be peace for the evil ones’), ‘Close your eyes’ will revolve around the concepts of identity and memory. The plot centers on a famous Spanish actor, Julio Arenas, who disappears during the filming of a movie. Although his body is never found, the police conclude that he has suffered an accident at the edge of the sea and has died. Many years later, this kind of mystery returns to the present as a result of a television program that tries to evoke the figure of the interpreter, offering as a scoop images of the last scenes in which he participated, shot by what was his close friend, the director Miguel Garay. The beginning and the end of an unfinished film.
Manolo Solo stars with Jose CoronadoAna Torrent, María León, Petra Martínez, Soledad Villamil, Mario Pardo, Elena Miquel and José María Pou, among others.
The last time Erice set foot in Cannes was in 1992 with ‘El sol del quince’a film with which he won the Jury Prize (led by Gérard Depardieu) and the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize.
The fourth feature film in the 82 years of Víctor Erice’s life, ‘Close your eyes’, will arrive in Spanish cinemas in 2023 from the hand of Avalon.