There is much more to Spanish cinema than Pedro Almodovar’s movies and that is what the 9th edition of Cinéalma will demonstrate this month.
Dedicated to cinema from the Mediterranean basin, this annual film festival held in Carros is always an excellent occasion to discover the latest movies from the biggest names in the industry but also the works from up and coming directors. Every year, it focuses on a country and after Italy in 2013, this is Spain’s turn to be the star of this multicultural celebration.
Famed writer/director David Trueba will be presenting his new film, Vivir es facil con los ojos cerrados (Living is Easy with Eyes Closed) which swept the 2014 Goyas, Spain’s equivalent to the Oscars with wins for Best Actor (Javier Cámara), Best New Actress (Natalia de Molina), Best Original Score (Pat Metheny), Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Film.
He will not be alone, as a few young directors who have lately been making the festival rounds will also be there such as Jaime Rosales with his fifth feature, Hermosa Juventud (Beautiful Youth) and Paco León’s Carmina o revienta (Carmina or Blow Up).
In all, these are 33 films, including 14 previews and 7 unreleased movies, from 13 countries (France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Israel, Palestine, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Turkey, Croatia, Argentina and Mali) that are going to be shown.
Through a nice selection of genres and themes, the goal of this 10-day fest is to promote the Mediterranean region in all its geographic and cultural diversity and to boost tolerance through conferences and convivial exchanges. It will also support Théodora, an association that organises clown visits in hospitals.
The 2014 edition of Cinéalma will take place in Salle Juliette Gréco in Carros from the 10th to the 19th of October. Single tickets cost €2 and a 6-movie pass is available for just €10.
Salle Juliette Gréco
5, bis bd. de la Colle Belle
All images courtesy Cinéalma