Mexican movies compete for the Golden Bear at Berlinale
Spain and Latin America have a number of representatives at one of the most important film festivals in Europe.
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Berlinale, the Berlin Film Festival, will run from Feb. 10 to Feb. 20 in Berlin. The film festival is considered one of the five most important in the industry in Europe, followed by Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Cannes (France), Venice (Italy) and San Sebastian (Spain).
The 72nd edition will be an in-person event but with some restrictions thanks to the ongoing pandemic.
Latin America and Spain show out
Among the 18 films that will be premiered in Berlin, there is great expectations surrounding Spanish and Latin American productions. One year, one night is one of them and it will compete in the main competition. This French-Spanish production is directed by Iñaki Lacuesta and is based on the book Peace, love and death metal. This movie tells the story of a young couple who survived the terrorist attack occurred in the Bataclan hall in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015. The event changes their lives forever.
Manto de Gemas (Robe of Gems), an Argentine, Mexican and the American production is also expected to win in the main competition. The movie, directed by the Bolivian-Mexican director Natalia López Gallardo, is set in Mexico and is about three women who fight against violence.
Alcarràs, directed by the Spanish director Carla Simón, will also compete in the category. Cast with non-professional actors, this Italian-Spanish production takes place in the rural community of Alcarràs in Catalonia. The film recounts a crisis in a family dedicated to growing peaches.
More Mexican movies
The north over the void, directed by the Mexican Alejandra Márquez, will compete in the Panorama section. Fogaréu, a French-Brazilian production directed by Flávia Neves, and Cinco lobitos, directed by Spain's Alauda Ruiz de Azúa are competing in the same category.
The Kingdom of God, directed by the Mexican filmmaker Claudia Sainte-Luce, the short film Alma y Paz, a Mexican-American production directed by Cris Gris, will compete in the Generation Kplus category.
Other Latin Americans films
The Argentine productions Sublime, directed by Mariano Biasin, and An Invisible Apprentice directed by Emilia Herbst compete in Generation Section with Beba, directed by the Afro-Latin American filmmaker Rebeca Hunt.
There is also Peruvian and Brazilian representation in Berlinale Shorts, Forum, and Forum Expanded. The full list of movies to be premiered in Berlinale is available on its official website.