The Spanish Film Festival of Malaga has finalised itsline-up for this year's eighth annual edition (April 22-30), unveilingthe final titles competing in its official selection.
New films joining the six previously announced competitorsinclude: Ramon Salazar's transvestite musical 20 Centimetres (20Centimetros); Cuban comedian AlexisValdes' directorial debut A King In Havana (Un Rey En LaHabana); Ines Paris' and DanielaFejerman's romantic comedy Semen, A Love Story (Semen, UnaHistoria De Amor); Jose AntonioVitoria's thriller Vorvik;and Pilar Ruiz Gutierrez's Miami special jury prize-winner Alicia'sNames (Los Nombres De Alicia).
Eros Puglielli's out-of-competition Spanish-Italianco-production Crystal Eyes (Occhi Di Cristallo) will close the official selection, a line-up with four fewer titlesthan last year. Festival director Salomon Castiel attributes the decrease to adrop in production:his selection committee screened around 25 filmsversus closer to 40 last year.
Malaga has also opened a new TV movie section as a nod to agenre "taking on increasingly greater importance in Spanishproduction," in Castiel's words. The section will complement a newthree-day TV Market, which joins three other industry markets: the newmultimedia ART-TV, and the established feature film Market Screenings andSpanish and Latin American documentary market Mercadoc.
A documentary competition encompasses 18 titles includingnew productions from the Almodovar brothers and Elias Querejeta. The expandedZonaZine competition for new talents will screen six feature films and 15 shortfilms. Malaga will also play host to a range of open-air concerts this year asa tie-in to the music industry.
Tributes are dedicated to director Carlos Saura(retrospective), actress Veronica Forque (Malaga Prize) and director GerardoVera (Ricardo Franco Prize).