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ABYCINE 2019 Abycine Lanza

Luis López Carrasco’s second film hits the jackpot at Abycine Lanza

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- Last weekend’s fourth edition of the Spanish Independent Film Festival and Market in Albacete saw El año del descubrimiento scoop the coveted Work in Progress award

Luis López Carrasco’s second film hits the jackpot at Abycine Lanza
A group picture of the participants and winners of 2019 Abycine Lanza (© Abycine)

On 25, 26 and 27 October, Abycine Lanza, the Albacete International Film Festival’s market for independent cinema, returned for a fourth year, the twenty-first for the festival itself. The coveted Work in Progress award, in the form of a €7,000 grant towards post-production costs, was presented to El año del descubrimiento, the second solo feature by Murcian director Luis López Carrasco (El futuro [+see also:
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). The project is funded by LaCima Producciones (Spain) and Alina Film (Switzerland) — find out more here.

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Carrasco’s film beat off competition from three other finalists: La ofrenda, by Ventura Durall (The Two Lives of Andres Rabadan), starring Alex Brendemühl and Verónica Echegui — another Spanish–Swiss co-production, this time between Nanouk Films, Fasten, Suica Productions and Bord Cadre; Pedra Pàtria, a documentary directed by Macià Florit and produced by Elsabeth Produccions; and Qué hicimos mal, by Liliana Torres, which has secured the backing of Matriuska Producciones, Avalon PC and Miss Wasabi (more here).

Meanwhile, a total of eighteen projects were in the running for two awards of €17,250, stumped up by Castilla La Mancha Media CMM for projects still in the production phase — as well as the chance to make use of the studios, facilities and resources on offer at ECAM, the Madrid Film School without paying a cent, courtesy of the fourth Abycine Lanza–CCM Production Support Forum. The victors were La desconocida, directed by Pablo Maqueda and featuring Manolo Solo and Eva Llorach — the project is based on Paco Becerra’s play Grooming — to be produced by Imval Madrid; and Rapsodia sueca, a documentary by Fran Ruvira and a co-production between Intropía Media (Spain), Les Films D’Ici (France) and Cinema 226 (Mexico). Jo Sol (Living [+see also:
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and Other Fictions) made quite an impression with Armugán, filmed in moody black and white and produced by Leo Dolgan and Daniel Vergara, wearing two hats in this film as both producer and director of photography. Sol’s project is this year’s winner of the “MAFIZ en Abycine” award, earning a spot in the MAFIZ-Málaga Festival Industry Zone in 2020.

Also throwing their hats in the ring were some of the hottest names in independent cinema, including Belén Funes (A Thief’s Daughter [+see also:
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) with Los Tortuga, a drama produced by Oberon; Adrián Orr (Niñato [+see also:
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), presenting his second feature, docudrama El futuro no nos ha cambiado (New Folder Studio); and Antonio Méndez Esparza, director and writer of 2nd Judicial Court, a documentary that marks a continuation of his relationship with Spanish production company Aquí y Allí Films and the US’s 9AM Media Lab, which is set to be distributed by Wanda.

Other contenders worth watching are acclaimed short filmmaker Álvaro Gago (Matria and 16 de decembro), who also triumphed in Abycine’s official section with his first full-length feature, Algo parecido a la felicidad, produced by Ringo Media and Matriuska Producciones; Ángel Santos (The High Pressures [+see also:
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), with Así llegó la noche, produced by Amateurfilms; actress and director Elena Martín (Júlia ist [+see also:
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), with fantasy-tinged drama Creatura (Lastor Media); Yayo Herrero (The Maus [+see also:
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) and his latest project, Los Quinquis (Dynamite Films); and Andrea Jaurrieta, with her follow-up to Ana By Day [+see also:
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, Nina (Lasai Films).

Rounding out this year’s crop of entries were Comandante (El Retorno Producciones), a documentary written and directed by Julio Pérez del Campo; El Drogas, a non-fiction film with a musical theme directed by Natxo Leura and produced by Gentzane Martínez de Osaba and Rosa García Loire; La hojarasca (El Viaje Films), by Macu Machín; La Singla (Fábrica Naranja de Películas), by Paloma Zapata, a documentary centred on the legendary flamenco dancer of the same name; Lobster Soup (a Spanish–Icelandic co-production between SUICAfilms, REC Grabaketa Estudioa and Axfilms), directed by Rafael Molés and Pepe Andreu; Nacer por nacer (Falca Visual), a documentary by Pablo García Pérez de Lara; and Un hombre solo (Boogaloo Films), a fiction film by Alejandro Marzoa.

Recap of this year’s winners:

Lanza Work in Progress Award
El año del descubrimiento – Luis López Carrasco (Spain/Switzerland)

Castilla La Mancha Media CMM Production Support Award:
La desconocida – Pablo Maqueda (Spain)
Rapsodia sueca – Fran Ruvira (Spain/France/Mexico)

“MAFIZ en Abycine” Award
Armugán – Jo Sol (Spain)

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(Translated from Spanish)

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