The recent Spanish cinema will be celebrated through a special focus at the 10th edition of Ceau, Cinema! Festival from Timişoara, which will take place during July 12th – 16th.
With the support of the Embassy of Spain in Romania and in collaboration with the Association ”Ceva de Spus”, Ceau, Cinema! will introduce to the audience four of the most successful films of the last years, through open air free screenings in Traian Square from Fabric area.
„After the success of the last year’s screenings in Traian Square, we decided to go in 2023 as well in Fabric, this beautiful and important area of Timișoara, to offer all the local inhabitants the opportunity to enjoy good films together, throughout four summer evenings. We chose four bold Spanish films, from the ones already distributed in Romania and which deserve to be discovered or seen again. We thank the Embassy of Spain for supporting this section”, transmit the organizers of Ceau, Cinema!
Winner, in 2022, of the famous Golden Bear Award at Berlin Film Festival, „Alcarràs”, inspired from the female director Carla Simón’s life and made only with non-professional actors aged between 5 and 80, tells the story of the Solés, a large family of farmers from a small village in the Catalonia region. The year captured in the film may be the last one when the three generations spend their time together, harvesting peaches from the family orchard. The new plans for the land, which involve cutting the peach trees and installing solar panels, cause a breach in this big, united family, troubled by an uncertain future.
„The Beasts” (2022), by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, is focused on a French couple which has settled a long time ago in a village from the Spanish province Galicia. Here, the two of them live a quiet life, looking after their vegetable garden and rehabilitating abandoned houses, even if their coexisting with the locals is not as peaceful as they wished. Their refusal to contribute to the deployment of a wind turbine farm will soon make things worse. The film had its world premiere at Cannes Festival and won several Goya trophies, the Spanish cinema awards, including one for the Best Feature Film.
Winner, as well, of the Goya award for the Best Feature Film, at the 2022 edition of the gala, „The Good Boss” (2021), by Fernando León de Aranoa, follows the owner of a company which produces industrial scales. As he waits for the visit of a committee which might grant its business an excellence award, the boss (Javier Bardem) makes all the endeavors to solve his employees’ issues.
The fourth title is „Parallel Mothers”, of the masterful director Pedro Almodóvar. The film tells the story of two mothers who grow an unexpected relationship, after giving birth on the same day. World premiered within the opening of the Venice Film Festival in 2021, „Parallel Mothers” brought Penélope Cruz the famous Coppa Volpi trophy for best actress, but also a nomination at the Oscars.
The films have been distributed in Romania by Bad Unicorn, Transilvania Film, Freealize and Independenţa Film.
More details on the focus on Spain are available on ceaucinema.ro, and on the festival Facebook and Instagram profiles.
Ceau, Cinema! Festival is dedicated to European cinema and is organized by the Association Pelicula Culturală and founded together with the Association Marele Ecran.
The project is part of the National Cultural Programme „Timișoara–European Capital of Culture in 2023” and is funded through the programme European Echoes, conducted by the Center for Projects Timișoara, with amounts allotted from the state budget, through the Ministry of Culture budget.
Sponsors: Vitas Romania, Groupama Insurance.
Funded by: the Romanian Film Center.
Partners: Marele Ecran Association, Bergen International Film Festival (BIFF), the German Cultural Center from Timişoara, the Austrian Cultural Forum Bucharest, the Polish Institute Bucharest, the Liszt Institute – Hungarian Cultural Center Bucharest, the Czech Center Bucharest, the Embassy of Spain, Cervantes Institute from Bucharest, the Italian Cultural Institute from Bucharest, the French Institute from Timișoara.
With the support of: Ceva de Spus Association, Cartea Călătoare Foundation, Cinema Victoria, Animest, Ibis Timisoara City Center, Faber, Timişoara la cutie, The House of Arts– the County Direction for Culture Timiş, Claudia Roşu.
Media partners: All about Romanian Cinema (AaRC), West City Radio, Ziarul Metropolis.