Magazine article Screen International

Cuerda's All Is Silence Kicks off Valladolid Festival This Weekend

Magazine article Screen International

Cuerda's All Is Silence Kicks off Valladolid Festival This Weekend

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On Saturday, the 57th edition of the Valladolid Film Festival opens with the world premiere of All Is Silence, the new film by José Luis Cuerda [pictured].

He reunites with writer Manuel Rivas after the international success of Butterfly's Tongue (1999). Quim Gutiérrez and Miguel Ángel Silvestre star in the drug-trafficking thriller set in the Galician coast.

Women rule the official selection -- the UK's Sally Potter will screen Ginger & Rosa, about two female friends (Alice Englert and Elle Fanning) involved in radical politics during the 60s in London. Germany's Margarethe von Trotta brings her new feature, Hannah Arendt, about the famous philosopher. Oscar nominee Deepa Mehta will introduce Midnight's Children, an adaptation of Salman Rushdie's popular novel set during India's independence.

As traditional, history and politics are big subjects in the festival. Goran Paskaljevic, three times winner of the Golden Spike award, will present When Day Breaks, about a retired music professor who discovers that his real parents died on a concentration camp. Cate Shortland brings Lore, a drama set in Nazi-era Germany about a teenager daughter of Nazis who falls for a Jewish boy.

From Morocco, Nabil Ayouch screens God's Horses, about the suicide bombings in Casablanca in 2003. Germany's Christian Pertzold will present Barbara, about a doctor who lives in East Germany in 1980 and wants to scape to the West to meet her lover.

Coming from Sundance, Liberal Arts, by Josh Radnor is a romantic comedy about a depressed thirtysomething guy who falls for a 19 year old girl. Mika Kaurismaki, a Festival favourite, shows Road North, about a concert pianist whose life is on the rocks and meets his father after 35 years of disappearance.

Mexican Luis Mandoki screens La vida precoz y breve de Sabina Rivas, a drama set in the Mexican border about youngsters gangs. Italian Daniele Vicari shows Diaz - Don't Clean Up This Blood, a portray of the turmoil during the Genova demonstrations in 2001.

Mexican director Jorge Fons presides an internationaljJury that includes Spanish film-maker Judith Colell, Belgium director Geofrrey Enthoven, cinema critic Jaume Figueras, actres Rosa María Sardá and director Imanol Uribe. …

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