Jaime Chávarri will compete for the Golden Spike with “La Manzana de Oro”, his first feature film in 17 years

The Official Section will program short films by León Siminiani, Pablo García Canga and actress Marta Nieto, who is making her directorial debut, in addition to the inaugural film don’t look in the eyes
Punto de Encuentro will program the feature debuts by directors Estefanía Cortés and Avelina Prat, in addition to seven titles that will compete in La Noche del Corto Español
Tiempo de Historia premieres the new works by Iñaki Arteta and the Spanish Argentine Amparo Aguilar and the short films by Miguel López Beraza and Esteve Riambau
Jaime Chavarri

Director Jaime Chavarri will compete for the Golden Spike at the Valladolid International Film Week with The Golden Applehis return to directing feature films after a period of 17 years since the premiere of Shrimp (2005), his last film to date. The Golden Appleadaptation of the novel “Ávidas pretensions” by Fernando Aramburu, has a large cast led by Sergi López, Marta Nieto, Adrián Lastra, Joaquín Climent, Paca Gabaldón, Vicky Peña, Elena Seijo, Roberto Enríquez and Ginés García Millán. The Golden Apple is a production of La Lollipop Films, with the Galician co-production of Viva Zapata & Villar, financed by the ICAA and RTVE, and the support of the Diputación de Ourense.

Chávarri’s film, which received the Spike of Honor from Seminci in 1999, deals with the arrival of an unexpected guest who destabilizes the Poetic Conference that each year brings together different tendencies of Spanish poetry in an isolated convent in the northwest of the peninsula. During a fast-paced weekend, while the poets write, recite and watch each other, chasing a golden prize, a plagiarism suspicion, the battle for the presence in a future anthology, the irreverence of a rapper, the birthday of a centenarian poet, Some poisonous mushrooms, unexpected sexual encounters and the awakening of late loves will culminate in a stormy night after the unexpected triumph of a new female star of contemporary poetry.

The Golden Apple

Jaime Chavarri (Madrid, 1943), graduated in Law and after spending two years at the Official School of Cinematography, he made his debut behind the cameras with Run, Snow White, Run (1967), although it is considered the school tripss (1973) his first commercial work. He works with Elías Querejeta in the documentary about the family of the poet Leopoldo Panero disenchantment (1976) and fiction films to an unknown god (1977) and Dedication (1980), and with Alfredo Matas in the adaptations of literary works by Llorenç Villalonga (Bearn or The Doll Rooms), Fernando Fernán Gómez (bikes are for summer) and Pablo Sorozábal (Tender summer of lusts and rooftops).

Author of twenty titles, Chávarri shot two musicals starring Ángela Molina and Manuel Bandera, the things of love (1989) and its sequel The things of love part 2 (nineteen ninety five). Kisses for everyone (2000), the year of the deluge (2004) and Shrimp (2005) are his last titles to date.

The Golden Apple will be, along with the already announced inaugural film don’t look in the eyesthe two Spanish feature films in competition in the Official Section of the 67th Seminci. don’t look in the eyes, new feature film by the writer and director from Navarra Felix Viscarretadapts the novel From the shadowsby Juan José Millás, and stars Paco León, Leonor Watling, Álex Brendemühl and Juan Diego Botto.

The Official Section of the 67 Seminci will also premiere three short films by Spanish authors in competition: Emotional Architecture 1959of Leon Siminiani; down the empty trackof Pablo Garcia Canga; Y Aredebut behind the cameras of the actress Martha Grandson.

Leon Siminianiscreenwriter and director, has explored different formats and genres in eight shorts and two feature-length documentaries halfway between the daily cinema and the film essay, including Map (2012) and Notes for a robbery movie (2018), both candidates for the Goya for best documentary.

For his part, the Madrid Pablo Garcia Canga He has directed several short and medium-length films, both fiction and documentaries, which have won awards at festivals such as Alcine or Aguilar de Campoo and have participated in others such as SEMINCI, Documenta Madrid, Palm Spring Shorts Festival or HollyShorts.

Finally, Area short film starring Patricia López Arnaiz -Goya Award for Best Leading Female Performance-, marks the directorial debut of Martha Grandsonactress in movies like the way of the english (Antonio Banderas, 2006), Mother (Rodrigo Sorogoyen, 2019), Enemy Cosmetic (Kike Maillo, 2021) or Three (Juanjo Giménez, 2021).

Meeting Point

The Punto de Encuentro section, the competitive parallel exhibition that the Valladolid International Film Week dedicates to first and second films by new directors and cinematographies that are unusual on our screens, will program debut films by directors in competition Stephanie Cortes (Eden) Y Avelina Prat (Vasil).

The title of the movie Eden refers to the clandestine company to which four strangers, played by Charlotte Vega, Israel Elejalde, Marta Nieto and Ramón Barea, go to take their own lives. Diploma in film direction from the Septima Ars School in Madrid, Stephanie Cortes He has been behind the camera for more than a decade working in the direction and script departments for different production companies. In addition, he has written and directed the short films Moire, Good herb Y Miss Wambaselected and awarded at festivals around the world.

Vasilthe debut feature of the Valencian Avelina Prat, stars the Bulgarian Ivan Barnev, Karra Elejalde, Alexandra Jiménez, Susi Sánchez and the British Sue Flack. Vasil is a Bulgarian immigrant, a singular man, who transmits kindness, passion and a peculiar wisdom, who sees life differently and tells fascinating little stories. The film is produced by Distinto Films and Activist 38.

In addition to the two feature films, the Meeting Point section will celebrate a new edition of La Noche del Corto Español, which this year will premiere seven short films: Kid stuffof Barnabas Rico; a bullfighter’s dogof Sandra Romero; You’ve been, long agoof Gerard Oms; the futureof Santiago Rafales; Seedsof Tony Bestard; just a rehearsalof Hugo SanchezY Summer stormof Laura Garcia Alonso.

Programmed titles at La Noche del Corto Español

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The Tiempo de Historia section, dedicated to the documentary genre, will premiere another four Spanish titles: feature films the tarea co-production directed by the Argentine-Spanish Amparo AguilarY Without freedom, 20 years laterof Inaki ArtetaIn addition to short films end pointof Miguel Lopez BerazaY colored vinesof Esteve Riambauwhich will be scheduled out of competition.

Amparo Aguilar dig into the tare in your own family history. The Aguilar brothers, descendants of the famous and forgotten Aguilar Quartet, find the soundtrack of the only Argentine surrealist film, Tararira: today’s bohemiafilmed in 1936. The interest in the film, which is a great myth of national cinema, reunites them with parts of the family’s past that they are unaware of: fights between brothers, art and links to politics, with a notable flaw to always be on the side of the losers.

Inaki Arteta gets back in touch with the protagonists of his medium-length film Without freedom (2001), in which twenty Basques give their testimony as relatives of victims killed by ETA or persecuted by the gang. In Without freedom, 20 years later, wonders how these same people have assimilated this period of so many changes, from terrorism to the cessation of violence and the incorporation of the ultra-nationalist network into politics. To do this, he chooses five young journalism students to interview these witnesses.

The Spanish participation in the 67th edition of Seminci will be completed with the titles programmed in the DOC competitive sections. España, dedicated to the Spanish documentary genre, and Castilla y León en Corto, focused on new authors from the autonomous community, in addition to Spanish Cinema, the selection of the most relevant films released in the last year, and Castilla y León en Largo, that offers an overview of the titles made or shot in the Castilian-Leonese region.

Jaime Chávarri will compete for the Golden Spike with “La Manzana de Oro”, his first feature film in 17 years