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MUCES pays tribute to Agnieszka Holland

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- The 13th Segovia European Film Festival is giving pride of place to the Polish director, whose retrospective will be the centrepiece of a programme showcasing the best that Europe has to offer

MUCES pays tribute to Agnieszka Holland
Spoor by Agnieszka Holland

Between 14 and 20 November, Segovia will once again play host to its European Film Festival – MUCES, which this year has a guest of honour: the great Agnieszka Holland. The director will visit the beautiful Castilian city in person, and the festival will pay tribute to her with a retrospective, thanks to which viewers will be able to enjoy titles such as The Secret Garden, Copying Beethoven and Spoor [+see also:
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interview: Agnieszka Holland
interview: Zofia Wichlacz
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, among others. The film output of guest country Romania will also have a prominent place in the programme, with 12 titles from the country. In total, the 20 or so sections of the 13th iteration of MUCES will offer 113 movies in 182 screenings: a vast array of films that exemplify the rich thematic and creative variety of the seventh art on the Continent.

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Spanish filmmaker Isaki Lacuesta will be the man responsible for opening MUCES 2018 with his award-winning Between Two Waters [+see also:
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interview: Isaki Lacuesta
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, and the gathering’s official section also includes gems such as: the German-Brazilian-Paraguayan-Norwegian-Uruguayan co-production The Heiresses [+see also:
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, the magnificent feature debut by Marcelo Martinessi, a film that won two prizes at the most recent Berlin Film Festival; Romanian director Adina Pintilie’s Touch Me Not [+see also:
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interview: Adina Pintilie
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, which scooped the Golden Bear at the same festival; Italy’s Magical Nights [+see also:
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, the latest delightful outing from Paolo Virzi; Russia’s Leto (The Summer) [+see also:
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interview: Ilya Stewart
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by Kirill Serebrennikkov, about the punk and new-wave revolution in the Soviet Union in the 1980s; the documentary (a co-production with the USA by the Almodóvar brothers, through El Deseo) The Silence of Others [+see also:
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interview: Almudena Carracedo, Esther …
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by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar, which cries out for justice as it explores the thorny and unresolved issue of the people who went missing in Spain during Franco’s bloody fascist regime; and Woman at War [+see also:
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interview: Benedikt Erlingsson
interview: Benedikt Erlingsson
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by Iceland’s Benedikt Erlingsson, one of the finalists for the LUX Prize.

Masters such as Jean-Luc Godard (the very same) will show The Image Book [+see also:
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(winner of the Special Palme d’Or at Cannes this year) at MUCES; the ever-controversial Lars von Trier will do likewise with his blood-drenched thriller The House That Jack Built [+see also:
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interview: Lars von Trier
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; Catalan director Jaime Rosales will move audiences once again with his tragedy Petra [+see also:
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interview: Jaime Rosales
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; Hungary’s László Nemes will show off his talent with Sunset [+see also:
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interview: László Nemes
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; and Italy’s Matteo Garrone will be back to beguile viewers with the French co-production Dogman [+see also:
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interview: Matteo Garrone
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With all of this, plus myriad additional activities and titles in store, MUCES’s director, Eliseo de Pablos, assures us that, as always, the event “strives to seek out excellence and aims to offer an overview of the audiovisual activity being undertaken in Western Europe as well as in the lesser-known parts of Eastern Europe”.

(Translated from Spanish)

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