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Rafa Russo and Fernando Colomo screen their latest work at the fifth edition of BCN Film Fest

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- The Year of Fury and Poliamor para principiantes are set to participate in the festival, being held on-site between 15 and 23 April in Barcelona

Rafa Russo and Fernando Colomo screen their latest work at the fifth edition of BCN Film Fest
The Year of Fury by Rafa Russo

The Year of Fury is a coproduction between Spain and Uruguay, set in the run-up to Uruguay’s 1973 coup and starring Alberto AmmanJoaquín FurrielDaniel GraoSara SálamoMiguel Ángel Sola and Maribel Verdú. The film marks the return of Rafa Russo after three years immersed in other audiovisual projects. Meanwhile, home-grown Spanish comedy Poliamor para principiantes [+see also:
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is the latest film from veteran director Fernando Colomo, featuring a cast led by Karra Elejalde, Quim Ávila, María Pedraza and Toni Acosta. The two premiers are among the highlights of this fifth edition of BCN Film Fest, which kicks into gear today, Thursday 15 April. A wide range of in-person events, hosted by cinemas across Barcelona, are on offer until 23 April.

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Ticket holders are in for a treat, with a selection of other Spanish films including Crónica de una tormenta [+see also:
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, the début film from Argentinian director Mariana Barassi, produced by Tornasol, which pits Clara Lago against Ernesto Alterio in a virtuoso dialectical duel; Solo una vez, by Guillermo Ríos, starring Ariadna Gil and Álex García; and La passió segons Pep Amores, a comedy directed by Júlia Girós, Pol Picas and Nina Solà. Also featured is a short film by David Selvas and Taida Martínez, En mis manos, with Cristina Plazas in the leading role. What’s more, the festival will offer a sneak peak of new series Moebius, a coproduction between Verada TV and TV3 created by Eduard Cortés and Piti Español. The pilot episode of this thriller in ten nail-biting 40-minute parts will be screened in the Zona Abierta section.

The line-up for this year’s festival promises a cinematic feast of 60 films, including four world premieres, three European premieres, 17 new Spanish productions and seven from Catalonia. Not to be missed are: Colombian production Memories of My Father, directed by Spain’s Fernando Trueba and with Javier Cámara in the starring role; The Bad Poet [+see also:
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, by Italian director Gianluca Jodice and featuring Sergio Castellitto; German documentary Das geheime Leben der Bäume, by Jörg Adolph and Jan Haft; Minamata [+see also:
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(UK/USA/United Arab Emirates), by Andrew Levitas, starring none other than Johnny Depp; Wild Mountain Thyme (UK), directed by John Patrick Shanley and featuring an all-star cast comprising Jamie Dornan, Emily Blunt, Christopher Walken and Jon Hamm; French comedy A Friendly Tale [+see also:
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, by Daniel Cohen, with Vincent Cassel and Bérénice Bejo; Small Country: An African Childhood [+see also:
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(France/Belgium), by Eric Barbier; Finnish comedy Ladies of Steel [+see also:
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, directed by Pamela Tola; Sombra (Portugal), written and directed by Bruno Gascon; a biopic of the legendary Paolo Conte, Via con me [+see also:
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(Italy) from documentary filmmaker Giorgio Verdelli; and Mama Weed [+see also:
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, by Jean-Paul Salomé, starring the indefatigable Isabelle Huppert diving valiantly into the world of drug trafficking.

The festival will open with British–American coproduction Promising Young Woman, the first full-length feature from Emerald Fennell, closing with The Rose Maker (France), directed by Pierre Pinaud. Producer Isona Passola (Uncertain Glory [+see also:
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) is to receive the Premi d’Honor, while the official jury will be headed up by actor and director Mario Gas, actress Laia Marull and filmmaker Jaume Balagueró — soon to unveil his latest project, Way Down (read more here). The fifth edition of BCN FILM FEST will be hosted by Cines Verdi, the Institut Français, CaixaForum and Casa Seat in Barcelona, in strict accordance with health and safety measures. Screenings will be subject to a maximum capacity in line with the regulations in force.

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(Translated from Spanish)

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