Magazine article Screen International

'Hidden City' Wins Work in Progress Award at Les Arcs Film Festival

Magazine article Screen International

'Hidden City' Wins Work in Progress Award at Les Arcs Film Festival

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The European Film Festival of Les Arcs, held December 10-17 in the French Alps, awarded the industry prizes yesterday (December 12). From the 16 films that were presented in their postproduction stage at the Work In Progress section, The Hidden City won the euro50,000 Eurimages Lab Project Award.

The jury - composed of French directors Bertrand Bonello and Clément Cogitore, Italian festival programmer Beatrice Fiorentino, Finnish festival director Sara Norberg and Eurimages Luxembourg Representative Karin Schockweller - was impressed by the unlikely use of the science fiction imagery within the documentary, directed by Victor Moreno.

Set in a labyrinth of tunnels, sewers, transportation networks and underground stations, this Spanish and French co production by El Viaje Films and Pomme Hurlante Films tells the story of the subterrean heart of the world's most developed cities.

A delighted Moreno (Goya nominated for The Building) told Screen International he was very grateful for the prize, saying it was "a boost to the film's budget and its prospects of international projection". Most of the film is scheduled to be filmed next spring in Madrid and Moreno is aiming to have the film ready for 2018.

Talking about the film's unusual mixture of science fiction and documentary, Moreno said: "It's got to do with the discovery of the underworld of a big city. …

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