The world premiere of Jorge Coira’s Codigo Emperador, starring Luis Tosar, opens the 25th edition of the Málaga Film Festival (MFF) today (March 18), marking the first time the Spanish and Latin American-focused event has run in-person for two years. The spy thriiller also opens in Spain today.

Roberto Bueso’s Full Of Grace is the closing night film, screening out of competition.

Codigo Emperador is playing in competition along with Alauda Ruiz de Azúa’s directorial debut Lullaby, starring Laia Costa and Susi Sánchez, which premiered in the Berlinale Panorama last month, Adrián Silvestre’s Rotterdam premiere Mi Vacío Y Yo, and Imanol Uribe’s What Lucía Saw.

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Carla Simón’s Golden Bear winner Alcarràs is screening out of competition, marking Simón’s triumphant return to Malaga. Her debut film Summer 1993 won the Golden Biznaga  -the top Málaga award named after a local flower- in 2017.

Schoolgirls, the first feature by Pilar Palomero, also won the best film award in Málaga in 2020, after her international premiere in Panorama in Berlin, ahead of her triumph at the Spanish Film Academy awards, the Goyas.

Spanish Screenings XXL

 MFF is taking place from March 18-27.It includes the Malaga Festival Industry Zone (MAFIZ) which is running from March 21-25. The industry activities include the Spanish Screenings (dubbed “XXL” this year), the Malaga Work In Progress section, for which six Spanish feature projects have been selected and the Malaga Festival Fund & Co Production Event (MAFF), which aims to bring together Latin American filmmakers and projects with European producers. 

The Spanish Screenings market (March 21-24) is backed by the ICAA and the ICEX. Now in its 16th year, this year’s edition has received €4.2m as part of the Spanish’ government’s €200m post-Covid 19 Plan for Recovery, Transformation and Resilience (PRTR) to ensure Spain is a leading European audiovisual hub.

This XXL edition features more content and formats and includes a hybrid screening series.


Malaga 2022 Competition

From Spain:

Codigo Emperador
Dir: Jorge Coira

Monkey Business (Canallas)
Dir: Daniel Guzmán

Cino Lobitos
Dir: Alauda Ruiz de Azua

The Te$t
Dir: Dani de la Orden

Beyond The Summit (Sp-Fr) 
Dir: Ibon Cormenzana

Unfinished Affairs (La Maniobra De La Tortuga) (Sp-Arg)
Dir: Juan Miguel del Castillo

The Volunteer (La Voluntaria) (Sp-Gr) 
Dir: Nely Reguera

Las Niñas De Cristal
Dir: Jota Linares

What Lucía Saw
Dir: Imanol Uribe

Mi Vacío Y Yo
Dir Adrián Silvestre

We Won’t Kill Each Other With Guns
Dir: María Ripoll

From Latin America:

The Mother (A Mãe) (Braz)
Dir: Cristiano Burlan

Utama (Bol-Urg)
Dir: Alejandro Loayza Grisi

Almost In Love (Ámame) (Arg-Braz-Chil-Neth)
Dir: Leonardo Brzeziicki

Cadejo Blanco (Guat-US-Mex)
Dir: Justin Lerner 

Libre (Arg)
Dir: Natural Arpajou

Mensajes Privados (Chile)
Dir: Matías Bize

The Gigantes (Mex-US)
Dir: Beatriz Sanchis

Lo Invisible (Ecu-Fr)
Dir: Javier Andrade