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SEMINCI 2021

The big names of world cinema head to the Seminci

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- The 66th Valladolid International Film Festival will screen the latest works by Robert Guédiguian, Paul Schrader and Carlos Saura, among many other seasoned directors, plus films by fresh faces, too

The big names of world cinema head to the Seminci
Mali Twist by Robert Guédiguian

French director Robert Guédiguian and US helmer Paul Schrader will be competing for the Golden Spike with their latest features – Mali Twist (France/Canada/Senegal/Italy) and The Card Counter [+see also:
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(USA/UK/China), respectively – in the Official Section of the 66th Valladolid International Film Festival, which will unspool between 23 and 30 October in the Castilian city, with actress Emma Suárez serving as its “godmother” and with Argentina featured as its guest country.

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The festival’s main competitive section will boast 23 films, three of which are showing out of competition: Journey to Somewhere [+see also:
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by Helena de Llanos, about the highly private figure of her grandfather, Fernando Fernán Gómez; The King of All the World [+see also:
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 by the tireless Carlos Saura; and Funny Boy (Canada/India/USA/Sri Lanka) by Deepa Mehta, who is a regular visitor to the Seminci, is this year’s jury chair and has been entrusted with the responsibility of closing – out of competition, obviously – this 66th edition of the gathering.

Other films in this, the premier league of the Valladolid-based gathering, include the Spanish outings The Odd-Job Men [+see also:
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by Neus Ballús and Libertad [+see also:
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by Clara Roquet, the opening title of the 2021 Seminci, produced by Spain and Belgium. Clara sola [+see also:
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(Sweden/Costa Rica/Belgium/Germany), the feature debut by Costa Rica’s Nathalie Álvarez Mesén, will be the first film of this particular nationality to compete in Valladolid, and Iranian cinema will once again enjoy a strong presence. Indeed, as well as highly acclaimed director Asghar Farhadi, with his A Hero [+see also:
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(Iran/France), there will be two more titles by first-time directors: Hit the Road, the feature debut by Panah Panahi, the son of Jafar Panahi; and Ballad of a White Cow [+see also:
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(Iran/France) by duo Behtash Sanaeeha and Maryam Moghaddam.

Also locking horns for the top prize are the French production A Tale of Love and Desire [+see also:
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, the second feature by Tunisia’s Leyla Bouzid; the feature The Girl and the Spider [+see also:
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by Swiss filmmakers Ramon Zürcher and Silvan Zürcher; Hive [+see also:
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(Kosovo/Switzerland/Albania/North Macedonia) by Kosovo’s Blerta Basholli, the winner of the Grand Jury Prize, the Award for Best Director and the Audience Award in the World Dramatic Competition section of the Sundance Film Festival; Compartment No. 6 [+see also:
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(Finland/Germany/Estonia/Russia) by Finland’s Juho Kuosmanen; and Happening [+see also:
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by France’s Audrey Diwan, which is getting an airing in Valladolid after scooping the Golden Lion at the most recent Venice Film Festival.

Edwin will be taking part with Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash [+see also:
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(Indonesia/Singapore/Germany), the winner of the Golden Leopard at Locarno, while the ever-fascinating Danish filmmaker Joachim Trier will partake in the Official Section for the first time with The Worst Person in the World [+see also:
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(Norway/France/Sweden/Denmark). Argentina’s Paula Hernández will be duking it out with The Siamese Bond, the title selected to represent her country in the Best Latin American Film category of the upcoming Goya Awards.

The menu of the Official Section will also include Last Film Show (India/France), the fifth fiction feature by Pan Nalin, the auteur behind the multi-award-winning Samsara (2001); Huda’s Salon [+see also:
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(Palestine/Egypt/Netherlands/Qatar/USA) by Hany Abu-Assad, the esteemed director of Paradise Now [+see also:
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 (2005); I’m Your Man [+see also:
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, the invigorating third feature-length directorial effort by German actress Maria Schrader, for which Maren Eggert picked up the Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance at Berlin; and The Fam [+see also:
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, the third film by Switzerland’s Fred Baillif.

Finally, away from the Official Section, audiences will be able to enjoy the world premieres of the latest film by Benito Zambrano, Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake [+see also:
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, and the freshest offering from Fernando Colomo, the comedy Cuidado con lo que deseas [+see also:
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Details of all of the films, sections, tributes and activities of the 66th Seminci in Valladolid can be found here.

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(Translated from Spanish)

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