Magazine article Variety

A New Wave Rising: 10 Leading Filmmakers

Magazine article Variety

A New Wave Rising: 10 Leading Filmmakers

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A new wave of filmmakers is emerging in Catalonia: Cosmopolitan, schooled in industry practices, genre blenders and versatile in style, they have tackled wide ranging subjects. Many of them happen to be women. Variety profiles 10 leading lights from the Spanish region. EMILIO MAYORGA

NEUSBALLÛS

1 Ballús' short "Immersion" was well received by critics and her feature, "The Plague," was nominated for the European Discovery - Fipresci' Prize at the European Film Awards and took multiple 2014 first feature prizes on Spain's fest circuit. Now the alum of Barcelona's Pompeu Fabra University is initiating the French-Spanish co-production "Staff Only," a dramedic comingof-ager exploring international tourism in developing countries, and developing comedy "Six Ordinary Days."

MERITXELL COLELL

2 Colell ("Manuscript to the City") has worked as an editor and cinema lecturer. She has just finished her first documentary feature, "Facing the Wind," selected for the 2015 Cannes Atelier, about a mature woman choreographer who returns to her native village after 20 years. "It's not inspired by true facts, but true emotions, mine and the character's," Colell explains, announcing she's developing "Duo," "a road-movie set in Argentina's North-East, about a couple's separation."

VALERIE DELPIERRE

3 Delpierre, who founded Inicia Films in 2006, has produced two Catalan New New Wave milestones: "Summer 1993" and Laura Ferrés' 2017 Critics' Week short, "The Disinherited." With Betta Pictures, Delpierre is producing Pilar Palomero's debut "Las niñas," about an 11-yearold that questions her received education. "I'm stimulated by directors with singular views," she says. "Then I consider their creative interest for audiences and my potential production input."

ÁNGELES HERNÁNDEZ

4 Having studied at Cuba's San Antonio de los Baños, Hernandez works with David Matamoros at Zentropa Spain, whose credits include Lucile Hadzihalilovic's "Evolution" and Roger Gual's "Tasting Menu." Currently in post on Richard García and Raúl Portero's "Grimsey" Hernandez is in pre-production on New Queer Cinema title "Isaac" - a Guadalajara Work in Progress Festival winner this March. She and Matamoros will co-direct the contempo relationship tale.

CARLOS MARQUES-MARCET

5 L-.A.-based Marques-Marcet's first feature, dramedy "10,000 KM," about love in the Internet age, took the SXSW acting award for Natalia Tena and David Verdaguer. Marques is now finishing his sophomore feature, the Visit Films-sold "Estamos como queremos," produced by Barcelona's Lastor Media, L. …

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