With the Festival Nuevo Cine Andaluz, Casares becomes the protagonist of Andalusian culture and consolidates itself as the venue for cinema with an Andalusian stamp, whose novelties and best productions can be seen in the town from October 3 to 8. The program brings two sessions to the Blas Infante Cultural Center from Monday to Friday: the one at 6:30 p.m. dedicated to documentaries, and a second session that includes a selection of Andalusian short films and fiction feature films, at 9:00 p.m. Tuesday’s is one of the most eagerly-awaited sessions with the screening of the Express Short Films shot in Casares for 48 hours.
The mayor, Pepe Carrasco, pointed out this morning at a press conference the strength of this film festival, which has now reached its ninth edition, and reaffirmed the City Council’s commitment to Culture and to the continuity of this event, which also of bringing quality cinema made in Andalusia to the town “attracts our town to directors, actors and other Andalusian filmmakers who maintain a direct relationship with the public in the very interesting colloquiums that are created after each one of the projections and in the streets of Casares.
Looking back at Andalusian culture and identity
For her part, the Councilor for Culture, Rocío Ruiz, stressed that this film festival “also represents an economic revitalization of local spaces”, since it represents a notable increase in reservations for accommodation and restaurant establishments. And she has stated that “we have always focused on talking about this event as a slow video of Andalusian creation, but we should add that it also helps us to think about ourselves, to show ourselves to look back at Andalusian culture and identity”
Javier Martos, director of the Festival, thanked the Casares City Council for its unconditional support as the main sponsor, also pointing out the importance of the sponsorships of Finca Cortesín and Trans Res 60, as in other editions, to which Tourism and Planning of the Costa del Sol, and Garum Motor. Together, these sponsorships have made it possible to award a total of €7,800 in economic prizes to the finalist works in this edition.
Martos has also pointed out the increase in participation in all the categories in the contest. A total of 70 feature films have been received, in fiction and documentary format, 236 short films and 180 photographs, “which denotes, on the one hand, the health of the Andalusian audiovisual industry, but, on the other, the greater projection that after nine editions has acquired the Festival Nuevo Cine Andaluz de Casares, as it is the only festival dedicated exclusively to Andalusian cinema”.
The director of the festival has also highlighted the increase in the number of teams participating in the Short Express contest, 20 in total registered to date, who are traveling these days to Casares from points as far away as Almería, Cádiz, Seville, Granada, Jerez or Montilla, to shoot a short film in 48 hours. All these teams are struck by the facilities and collaboration by the entire town to carry out their filming.
In relation to the programming, Martos has pointed out as novelties the Andalusian Short Films contest and the celebration of the fourth day of Andalusian scriptwriters, in collaboration with ASECAN. The adult training course for this edition is given by the scriptwriter Isa Sánchez, who, for example, has signed scripts in the fourth season of the series “El Ministerio del Tiempo” or “Malaka”, both for TVE, or the award-winning “Alegría ”, by Violeta Salama.
In this edition, the festival awards the Camera Obscura award to the audiovisual artist María Cañas, whose work, which has been exhibited internationally in numerous countries, delves into social topics and prejudices to destroy them, using humor as an insurgency strategy and resistance.
The head of programming for the festival, José Antonio Valencia, has highlighted the quality of the five finalist fiction feature films, “Las gentiles”, by Santi Amodeo, “Isósceles”, by Ignacio nacho, “El Universo de Óliver”, by Alexis Morante , “The turtle maneuver, by Juan Miguel del Castillo, and “The world is yours”, by Alfonso Sánchez. In documentary format, the finalist titles are “Pico Reja”, by Remedios Malvárez and Arturo Andújar, “To the women of Spain: María Lejárraga”, by Laura Hojman, “The universe in a box”, by José Sánchez Montes, and “Something Wild”, by Paco Ortiz.
In the short film category, Valencia points out, the five finalist titles are “Lentejas”, by José Antonio Campos Aguilera, “Infinite Heat”, by Joaquín León, “Farrucas”, by Ian de la Rosa, “De menos”, by María José and Cristina Martín, and “Foam Horse”, by Juanjo Rueda.