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«20.000 especies de abejas», the breakthrough film of the year and a candidate to represent Spain at the Oscars, arrives on the FICBUEU screen tomorrow

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«20.000 especies de abejas», the breakthrough film of the year and a candidate to represent Spain at the Oscars, arrives on the FICBUEU screen tomorrow

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I The debut of the director Estibaliz Urresola will be screened at 9 p.m. at the Centro Social do Mar of  Bueu and will be presented by the film’s art director, Izaskun Urkijo

I The II Cinematographic Days of the FIC, which are also held this Saturday, will focus on sensitive and everyday cinema.

BUEU. 08.08.2023. To see the film 20,000 especies de abejas, selected among the 3 pre-candidates from Spain for the next edition of the Oscars, on the cinema screen, the place is the FICBUEU. And there is only one chance: tomorrow. The feature film, written and directed by Alava director Estibaliz Urresola, will be screened this Saturday night at 9.30pm at Centro Social do Mar (Bueu). The film will be shown just two days after its pre-selection for the Awards.

The Bueu International Film Festival, which starts today, decided months ago to include in its program this film set in the Basque Country, which represents a realistic, delicate and emotional record of the childhood of a trans girl and the process of assimilation in her family. The film has become in recent months the breakthrough film of the year.

20.000 especies de abejas swept in the Malaga Festival and its protagonist, 8-year-old Sofía Otero, won the award for best actress in Berlin. Entrance to the screening costs 3 euros. It can be purchased at the Festival’s online store or at the FICBUEU ticket office from one hour before the screening. The film’s art director, Izaskun Urkijo, who also worked with Estibaliz Urresola in the short film Polvo somos  (2020), will be at the presentation of the film at FICBUEU.

Earlier, at 7:00 p.m., Urkijo will participate in a meeting with the Festival audience about the film to talk about the visual, aesthetic and scenographic work he did on this multi-award winning feature film. It will be in the Multipurpose Room of the Centro Social do Mar.

Cinematographic Days

The protection of the feature film will be the closing of the II Cinematographic Days organized by the FICBUEU. The competition’s bets for reflection and the dissemination of cinema and culture are behind these Days. It is a day dedicated to learning and exchanging ideas.

The day will start at 10.30 in the Multipurpose Room with a master class by researcher and teacher Nieves Febrer. Under the title Lo cotidiano, entorno y artificio, Febrer will focus on the concept of the everyday and its visual construction based on the works of various artists and filmmakers.

At 12.30 comes the conversation La estética del cine sensible, el realismo y la cotidianidad  en el cine. The critic and journalist Andrea Morán and Daniela Urzola, the researcher and collaborator of Revista Caimán Cuadernos de Cine, will address how everyday life is portrayed in cinema through the work of different authors. Selecting leading creators in sensitive cinema, they will explore how these themes and aspects are manifested in their audiovisual works.

In the afternoon, the FIC’s II Cinematographic Days will continue to address the particularities and narrative and aesthetic implications of sensitive and everyday cinema in a meeting about the work of one of the references in this type of film, the Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu. The meeting will be attended by Santos Díaz as moderator, Marta Peris, author of the thesis La casa japonesa a través del cine de Yasujiro Ozu, Professor Antonio Santos, specialist in Japanese and Asian cinema and author of the thesis Elogio del silencio: Yasujiro Ozu en los tiempos de estruendo (1903-1963) and Professor Jordi Puigdomènech, researcher and author of works such as Yasujiro Ozu, el tiempo y la nada, among others.

In the meeting with Izaskun Urkijo, already at 7 p.m., the art director of 20.000 especies de abejas will talk about her role in the aesthetic creation of the film, focusing on the creation and aesthetic planning of the film.

Also the art director Elia Robles, who participated in films like Ons or Malencolía, will lead this meeting. It will be right before the protection of the film. From the small spanish town of Bueu, 20.000 especies de abejas is on their way to the Oscars.

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6 things you should know about the 16th edition of the Festival

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1. A structure that is committed to film culture

FICBUEU is cinema and culture. That is why the word, dialogue and the dissemination of knowledge about film have a prominent place at the start of the Festival. After the opening noiche, with the concert by Chungo Pastel -Friday 8th-, Saturday will be devoted to a master class by the researcher, teacher and music photographer Nieves Febrer, meetings and talks on film. There will also be a colloquium on 20,000 species of bees, the Spanish film that has triumphed so far this year at festivals such as Hong Kong, the Berlinale and Malaga. The screening of the feature film will be the first of FICBUEU2023.

The following days will see the arrival of the Festival’s official competition and the Minific, designed to bring films closer to local children.

 

2. The Official Section grows.

From this year, the Official Section of FICBUEU will have 6 screenings, one more than in the last editions of the Festival. The former Galicia and Spain sections are incorporated into the Official Selection.

 

3. Radio is back.

Since its beginnings, the Festival has been committed to the radio format to disseminate film culture. Cultural and other programmes specialising in cinema were broadcast from Bueu, coinciding with the Festival, for years. It stopped, for reasons of force majeure, due to Covid-19. Up to 5 podcasts and radio programmes will be broadcast this year from the Festival.

 

4. Ficpaper. Starting from criticism.

In collaboration with the audiovisual criticism website A Cuarta Parede, there will be daily room sheets with information on the contents of the sessions.

 

5. GZ_0.0.

A new section for the diffusion of new cinematographic talents from Galicia. The screenings will take place on Sunday 10th at 19.30. From 9 p.m. onwards, the public will be able to talk to the directors of the films.

 

6. Luisa Merelas will receive the FICBUEU Galician Cinema Award.

Actress Luisa Merelas has accumulated a career of nearly four decades of acting in Galicia, both in theatre and in cinema and television. This year, the Festival is dedicating the FICBUEU Galician Cinema Award to her.

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FICBUEU returns this weekend with the best international short films and a cultural offer more supportive and inclusive

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I From this Friday until Saturday 23rd, 89 films from around thirty countries will be screened, and there will be concerts, workshops, talks with filmmakers, live radio podcasts and special programming for children with the MiniFIC

I The Festival reinforces its social commitment with a campaign to collect feminine hygiene products to raise awareness of menstrual poverty and the launch of a children’s playroom to promote family conciliation.

BUEU (PONTEVEDRA). 06.08.2023. The International Film Festival of Bueu, the FICBUEU, is warming up. The short film contest, which every year from O Morrazo shows the new tendencies of cinematographic creation and auteur cinema, returns this Friday with a complete programme that will take place in the Pontevedra’s village until next Saturday 23rd. Its sixteenth edition was presented today at the Peirao do Atilio, in the Paseo da Pescadoría, in a ceremony with the directors of the Festival, Manuel Pena, María Ruiz-Falcó and Nerea Lores, and in which also participated Jacobo Sutil, director of the Axencia Galega das Industrias Culturais (AGADIC); Luís López, president of the Deputación de Pontevedra; and Carmen García, councillor of Culture of Bueu. The three institutions support and make the event possible.

FICBUEU, one of the Galician festivals with the greatest trajectory and impact, brings back the best selection of international short films produced last year. In the Auditorium of the Centro Social do Mar in Bueu –epicentre of the festival’s activities– 89 films from around thirty countries from the five continents will be screened. 28 of them are competing in the «Official Selection» and many have already won awards in recent months at the most important festivals in the world, such as Venice, Cannes, San Sebastian, Berlin, Clermont-Ferrand and Sundance. Galicia will also be very present at the Festival: there are four short films produced or directed in the region in competition in the «Official Selection» and half a dozen more in the space called «GZ_00», dedicated exclusively to Galician creations.

The Festival’s programme also includes talks and master classes with filmmakers and professionals from the audiovisual sector, workshops, concerts, the live broadcasting of five radio podcasts specialising in film, street activities and a special offer for children with the MiniFIC.

 

Working for the Galician audiovisual industry throughout the year

But if there is one thing that characterises FICBUEU, it is its firm commitment to the continuous promotion of culture. The event is, in fact, the culmination of a work of cultural and film dissemination that takes place throughout the year with activities such as Cinema Circulante –with screenings, talks, musical performances and workshops related to Galician culture and for all audiences–, the screening of short films on the shortest day of the year or the “FICBUEU Residence”, a programme of creation and training that seeks to provide an outlet for screenplay projects and promote the short films of new female and male authors. The first edition will take place from 9 to 15 October on the Illa de Ons and will be tutored by Isabel Peña, scriptwriter of films such as As bestas or El reino.

 

Commitment to people

Support for values such as equality, integration and respect is another of the key elements of FICBUEU, which makes it a different kind of event marked by its commitment to people. The Festival demonstrates this more than ever in this edition. It will kick off this Friday with the premiere of the short film made in recent months by users of the ITA Verducido with the help of the festival organisers. A children’s toy library will be set up to favour family conciliation, thus becoming the first Galician film festival with this service. And, while FICBUEU lasts, there will be a campaign to collect feminine hygiene products – which will then be donated together with the food delivered to the Fesbal (Spanish Federation of Food Banks) bank in Bueu– with the aim of helping to raise awareness of the menstrual poverty suffered by many women in the world. It is also FICBUEU’s response to the message sent by its audience, who last year awarded a short film with this theme, Spotless, by the Dutch filmmaker Emma Branderhorst. 

FICBUEU will also be a reality this year thanks to the support of the Spanish Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, financed with European Next Generation funds, which joins the event through the Government of Spain’s Digital Kit Programme.

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FICBUEU will become the first Galician film festival with a free toy library to facilitate work-life balance

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I The new service will attend to children from 3 to 10 years old and will be available between 11 and 16 September, in the afternoon, at the Centro Social do Mar in Bueu

03.09.2023. Following in the footsteps of major international film festivals such as Berlin, Cannes or San Sebastian, and in line with its social commitment, the Bueu International Film Festival, or FICBUEU, will become in this edition an event in favour of family conciliation with the creation of a toy library for children from 3 to 10 years old. Its aim is to facilitate the attendance of mothers and fathers to the screenings of the programmed short films and also to the cultural activities related to the event, which will take place between the 8th and the 23rd of September in Bueu (Pontevedra).

This new playroom is a pioneering service in film festivals held in Galicia and has the support of the Xunta de Galicia’s Secretaría Xeral da Igualdade. «The experience and contact with our regular audience tell us that on many occasions their presence at the festival is conditioned by having to look after the minors in their care. That is why we are promoting this new initiative, to promote equal access to culture», say the organisers of FICBUEU.

The toy library will be free and will have 15 places, which will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. It will be located in the Centro Social do Mar in Bueu –the venue where the festival is held every year– and will be open from Monday 11th September until Saturday 16th September, from 17.30 to 21.00. The children’s leisure area will be supervised by FICBUEU staff and will have games (some of them made and donated by the Juan XXIII Association of Cangas), stories and books, creative activities and also a rest area.

With this service, families will be able to enjoy the festival’s programme aimed at older audiences with the peace of mind that children will be well looked after, entertained «and sharing group time». «Work-life balance is a recurring theme, but one that is almost always forgotten when it comes to leisure and cultural activities for adults. It is important to raise awareness and to do it with facts», says the organisation.

 

Short films, discussions, music or radio

FICBUEU, which every year showcases new trends in film creation and auteur cinema, will celebrate its 16th edition with the screening of 89 short films from around thirty countries from the five continents, of which 28 will participate in the «Official Selection». The selection of films will be completed with those that can be seen in the categories «GZ_00», «International Schools», «Discoveries», «Retrospective» (dedicated this year to the Dutch documentary short filmmaker Joris Ivens), «Galician Schools» and «Family Shorts». There will also be discussions with filmmakers, talks and master classes, concerts, workshops and live radio programmes. 

The awards event of FICBUEU 2023 will take place on Saturday 16th (23.00) at the Auditorium of the Centro Social do Mar in Bueu. One of the prizes will be the FICBUEU Galician Cinema Award, which in this edition will be given to Luisa Merelas, actress of well-known series and films such as Pratos Combinados, Fariña, Los lunes al sol or As bestas.

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