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REC is back to foster new talents once again

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- In both its tantalising programme and its industry section, the 19th edition of the Tarragona International Film Festival is encouraging youthful creativity to spring forth

REC is back to foster new talents once again
Ropes by José Luis Montesinos

Between 3 and 8 December 2019, Tarragona is playing host to the 19th edition of REC – the Tarragona International Film Festival, a gathering that, over the course of its existence so far, has been able to successfully combine fostering brand-new projects with screenings of films that have a distinct arthouse and indie flavour. Headed up by Xavier García Puerto, the festival shouts its environmental militancy from the rooftops, and this is evident from the design of its poster as well as from the content of the Emergencias section (where there is no lack of impressive titles such as the Goya-winning documentary Delicate Balance [+see also:
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, the Icelandic-French-Ukrainian production Woman at War [+see also:
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interview: Benedikt Erlingsson
interview: Benedikt Erlingsson
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and Fire Will Come [+see also:
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interview: Óliver Laxe
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, the latest gem of a film by Óliver Laxe). It also offers a programme of movies intended for families. Its industry strand – the RECLab – puts filmmakers in touch with international professionals who can help them to bring their current projects to fruition, as well as handing out various awards aimed at achieving this same goal.

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In Ópera Prima (“Feature Debut”), the event’s most important competitive section, audiences will be able to watch works by filmmakers of the likes of Tarragona native José Luis Montesinos, who will be on site to present Ropes [+see also:
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, the festival’s opening film. Furthermore, Melina León will bring along Song Without a Name [+see also:
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(a co-production involving Spain, Peru and Switzerland), Johnny Ma will do likewise with To Live to Sing [+see also:
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(China/France), Lucía Alemany will continue garnering plaudits with The Innocence [+see also:
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(Spain), and César Díaz will do the same with Our Mothers [+see also:
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interview: Cesar Diaz
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(Belgium/Guatemala/France). This sidebar is rounded off by the highly acclaimed features System Crasher [+see also:
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interview: Nora Fingscheidt
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by Germany’s Nora Fingscheidt, Tremors [+see also:
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by Jayro Bustamante (Guatemala/France/Luxembourg), I’m No Longer Here by Fernando Frías (Mexico), Just Don’t Think I’ll Scream [+see also:
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by France’s Frank Beauvais and Rare Beasts [+see also:
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by Billie Piper (UK).

In the highly original Sesiones Vermut section, Ojos Negros [+see also:
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interview: Marta Lallana, Ivet Castelo
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(Spain), the sensitive feature debut by Marta Lallana and Ivet Castelo, will get an airing, as will Adam & Evelyn [+see also:
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interview: Andreas Goldstein
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(Germany) by Andreas Goldstein and Staff Only [+see also:
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(Spain/France) by Neus Ballús, which took part in the most recent Berlinale (in the Panorama section).

This year, the RECLab’s Primer Test — the industry sidebar of the Tarragona REC Festival, organised by the Play Acción Cultural association — is presenting seven projects: Pedra Pàtria by Macià Florit Campins (Elsabeth Producciones), La Muga by Alba Bresolí and Antía Álzarez, El Riu by Tuixén Benet (with production duties entrusted to Isis Velasco), ¿Qué hicimos mal? by Liliana Torres (Matriuska Producciones, Avalon and Miss Wasabi – see the news), A Stormy Night by David Moragas (Oberon Media), El rastro firme by Fernando Gómez-Luna (Omen Producciones), which snagged the REC – Festival la Alternativa – Mentoring Projects Award, and Transoceánicas by Meritxell Colell and Lucía Vassallo (Intropia Media).

On the other hand, RECLab and MAFIZ (Málaga Festival Industry Zone) have signed a partnership agreement for the next two editions, the aim being to bolster the promotion and funding of projects taking part in Primer Test, as well as in Málaga Work in Progress, the space that MAFIZ devotes to giving a final push to enable the completion of movies at the post-production stage.

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(Translated from Spanish)

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