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American short film «Endless Sea» wins the FICBUEU First Prize and Canadian «Invincible» wins the Audience Award

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American short film «Endless Sea» wins the FICBUEU First Prize and Canadian «Invincible» wins the Audience Award


I Dutch film «Ma mére et moi» wins Second Prize and the Somali film «Will my parents come to see me» receives a special mention from the jury

I The Festival also distinguishes «Ulises» by Félix Brixel, as the best Galician short film, and «Arquitectura Emocional 1959», by León Siminiani, wins the award for the best Spanish film

I «30′ 70 60′ 120», by Vigo director Marta Valverde, is the winner in the «GZ_00» section, which showcases the work of the new generation of Galician audiovisual

I A Coruña-born actress Luisa Merelas received the FICBUEU 2023 Galician Cinema Award in recognition of her artistic career

BUEU. Pontevedra. 16.09.23. Endless Sea, by American director Sam Shainberg, is the winning short film of the «Official Competition» of the 16th edition of the FICBUEU. It was announced yesterday by the Councillor of Culture of Bueu (Pontevedra), Carmen García, in a ceremony held at the Centro Social do Mar of Bueu. Among the 28 films in competition, the jury awarded this film with the FICBUEU First Prize (2,000 euros), «for its raw energy, its defiant production, its magnetic lead performance and a welcome touch of black humour».

Sam Shainberg

This is how its members –film producers Silvia Lobo and Manuel Monzón together with Mihai Chirilov, artistic director, critic and member of the European Film Academy– referred to this film, which tells the «gripping story of survival» of Carol, a 70-year-old woman «who fights against the system» when she cannot afford to buy her heart medication.

The film Ma mére et moi, by Dutch filmmaker Emma Branderhorst, won the FICBUEU Second Prize for «subtly and delicately capturing that decisive moment that everyone identifies with, when a child has to grow up and a mother has to let go». That is the story –that of young Kees and her mother Lois– that the short film reflects. Emma Branderhorst, who last year won the Audience Award with Spotless, a film in which she made menstrual poverty visible, was unable to collect the Festival’s prize (worth 1,000 euros) in person, but the film’s screenwriter, Nena van Driel, did. The deputy mayoress of Bueu, Isabel Quintás, was in charge of presenting it to her. Van Driel spoke to the audience at the Festival to thank the jury for the award, who chose Ma mére et moi from among «so many inspiring films» and said that «it has been an honour that our film has been screened with all of them». «It’s very exciting to see how many people from the area are interested in short films at this festival. It’s really something special», she added.

The jury also gave a special mention to Somali filmmaker Mo Harawe’s Will my parents come to see me, «a powerful short film about holding on to life when facing the death penalty».

The official list of winners of the FICBUEU 2023 is completed with two more films. One of them is Ulises, by Félix Brixel, filmmaker from Rianxo, who won the Best Galician Short Film Award for his «enigmatic and intriguing story about brotherly love» and the «stunning visuals» that complement it. Brixel received the award from Fon Cortizo, from the Asociación Galega de Profesionais da Dirección e Realización (CREA). The other distinguished film is Arquitectura emocional 1959, by the Cantabrian director León Siminiani, which won the award for Best Spanish Short Film. The jury highlighted «its playful originality, mixing past and present, love and politics, through cinema and architecture».

The audience decides

The Audience Award, voted for by the spectators of FICBUEU, goes this year to the Canadian film Invincible, by Vincent René-Lortie, inspired by a true story. The film tells the story of the last 48 hours of the life of a 14-year-old teenager held in a juvenile detention centre and in urgent need of freedom was the one that had the greatest impact on the audience.

Actress Luisa Merelas honoured

This year’s honorary award, the FICBUEU Galician Cinema Award, went to the actress Luisa Merelas, who was present at the event held in Bueu. The performer of such well-known series as Pratos Combinados or Fariña or films such as Los lunes al sol or, more recently, As bestas, was honoured yesterday at the Festival for her long career and her contribution to the Galician audiovisual sector.

New filmmakers awrads

The director Anxos Fazáns, on behalf of the Descubertas jury, was responsible for announcing the awards chosen in the categories «GZ_00», «Descubertas» and «Escolas Internacionais». The short film 30′ 70 60′ 120, by Vigo director Marta Valverde, won the award in the first of the three sections, created to showcase the work being developed by the new generation of filmmakers in Galicia. In fact, Valverde was the winner with a «risky piece that mixes genres and styles and comes off very well». In the «Descubertas» section, the winning short film in this edition is Buurman Abdi, by the Dutch Douwe Dijkstra. The jury valued its originality and capacity for transgression, «full of emotion and humour». In «Escolas Internacionais», a space that brings together some of the most outstanding work produced in film schools around the world, the winner was the Italian film Raíces, from the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. Sara Moschini, one of the film’s directors, together with Maddalena Brozzi and Laura Cagnoni, accepted the award for a film that deals with formal beauty and narrative simplicity with the universe surrounding the loss of a loved one.

All the short films that make up the list of winners of the FICBUEU 2023 will be shown together tomorrow, Sunday, in a special screening that will take place, from 20.30 hours, at the Auditorium of the Centro Social do Mar in Bueu.

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FICBUEU remembers the short documentaries of Dutchman Joris Ivens, a legend of socially conscious cinema


I Poet, activist, adventurer and war chronicler, the Festival will present tomorrow a monograph on the filmmaker, who shot more than fifty films all over the world during his 60-year career

I On Sunday, his filmography will be brought closer to the public with the screening of four of his most iconic short films in the «Retrospective Section»

BUEU. PONTEVEDRA. 15.09.2023. «He was a restless person, always on the move». The long list of countries in which the filmmaker Joris Ivens (Nijmegen, Netherlands, 1898-Paris, 1989) filmed exceeds twenty, in the five continents, and supports the words of Severiano Casalderrey, programmer of FICBUEU. This year, the Bueu International Film Festival dedicates its «Retrospective Section» to this Dutch filmmaker, one of the greatest documentary filmmakers of all time: a legend of a film format usually excluded from cinemas and distribution circuits.

Four of the most representative shorts from Joris Ivens’ extensive filmography will be screened on Sunday evening (06.00 p.m.) at the auditorium of the Centro Social do Mar in Bueu. Tickets are available at de FICBUEU online shop. They can also be purchased at the ticket office of the Centro Social do Mar from one hour before the screenings.


FICBUEU notebook

But before that, tomorrow Saturday (11.30 a.m.), Severiano Casalderrey will also present at the Festival a monograph on the Dutch director, written by him and entitled The Expansion of Documentary Film through the Short Films of Joris Ivens (1898-1989). This will be the fourth of the FICBUEU Notebooks –after those dedicated to the Nouvelle Vague, the National Film Board of Canada (the largest public production company in the world) and the Official Cinematography School (the first film studies centre in Spain)–, with which the event seeks to remember and highlight both works and filmmakers who played an important role in the history of cinema. The publication will serve to bring the public closer to the figure of Ivens, who was a direct witness with his camera to the most important social changes, crises, wars and revolutions of the 20th century.

The monograph on Ivens produced by FICBUEU is supported by the Secretaría Xeral de Política Lingüística, which has been collaborating with this initiative since its first edition.


Poetic and also committed look 

The Dutch director made more than fifty films in his six-decade career, from his first short, the western The Burning Arrow, which he made with the help of his father when he was only 13 years old, to his last, A Windy Story, about China, which he shot just a year before his death.

Notebook and films go hand in hand at FICBUEU with the aim of highlighting four key facets of this director. As a poetic filmmaker, influenced by the artistic avant-gardes of the beginning of the century, he will show his work with the short film Regen (Rain), an abstract exploration of the effects of rain in a city like Amsterdam. His activist side (social awareness was, in fact, the permanent driving force of his work until the end of his life: a few days before his death he took part in Paris, at the age of 91, in a massive protest against the massacres in Tiananmen Square) will be reflected in Borinage, a film about the Belgian miners’ strikes. 

His adventurous spirit will be represented in the third film included in the screening, Indonesia Calling, in which Ivens showed his support for the independence movement when the Asian country was still a Dutch colony. And finally, we will get to know his facet as a war chronicler, as he filmed almost all of them: the Spanish Civil War (with a short film made with Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles), the Second World War, the Cuban Revolution and the Vietnam War, the setting for Le ciel, la terre (Heaven, Earth), which closes the Festival’s retrospective screening. «His films are a portrait of the last century around the world», sums up Casalderrey.


Galician rap concert, more short films and awards ceremony

Tomorrow’s programme of the FICBUEU also includes the concert of the rap group Malandrómeda (12.30 p.m.), the last two screenings of the short films competing in the «Official Competition», and the FICBUEU 2023 Awards Ceremony. The winners of this 16th edition will be announced in a ceremony that will take place at the Centro Social do Mar of Bueu from 11.00 p.m.

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The FICBUEU increases the audience in its official section by almost 40% and once again hangs the ‘no tickets’ sign for some activities


I On the penultimate day of screening of films in competition, this Friday, nine fiction, animation and documentary short films from 8 countries on 3 continents will be shown

BUEU. PONTEVEDRA. 14.08.2023. Last Saturday, the FICBUEU hung the ‘no tickets’ sign for the screening of the film 20,000 Species of Bees, by director Estibaliz Urresola and was shortlisted for the Oscars. It was the second day of the Festival and it was a good sign. During the first three days of the “Official Section”, the influx of the public increased by more than 37%. Some afternoon sessions, specifically those at 7:30 p.m., had an occupancy close to 90%.

The figures produced by the movement of electronic ticket dispatch already allow us to advance a high level of occupancy in different projections for this weekend. This is the case of the short film competition session on Friday afternoon.

The weekend’s programming includes among its attractions the retrospective dedicated to the Dutch documentary filmmaker Joris Ivens, one of the great figures of the genre in the history of cinema, the concert by the Compostela rap band Malandrómeda and the awards ceremony FICBUEU 2023.


Penultimate day of screenings of the “Official Section”

But first, tomorrow, Friday, the Festival will screen 9 of the 28 short films in competition in the “Official Section.” The screenings (at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.) will bring together fiction, animation and documentary films from Canada, Cyprus, the United Kingdom, Greece, Portugal, Hungary, Somalia and Spain on the screen of the Auditorium of the Centro Social do Mar de Bueu, country with two award candidates: Aqueronte, by Sevillian Manuel Muñoz Rivas (a film that combines drama and fantasy genre, already awarded at the Rotterdam Festival) and Alicia fai cousas, by Galician director and screenwriter Ángel Santos, which won four of the main awards in the last edition of the Cans Festival.

The director from Marín will also star in the “Colloquium with filmmakers” space that will take place tomorrow between the two film sessions. Ángel Santos will talk with the FICBUEU audience (9:00 p.m.) after the screening of his short film, which will allow us to delve into its meaning and the creative process that he developed during its production.


«Saltos de Eje» closes the live podcast section

Tomorrow the “Cinema e Radio” section will also end, which since last Monday has allowed the public to listen live to different radio programs specialized in cinema. The monthly podcast Saltos de Eje will be recorded live (6:00 p.m., in the Amalia Domínguez Búa Room, the Festival’s meeting point) with the aim of creating a space for reflection and dialogue about the current film industry and finding out where it is heading or What are the main challenges and opportunities of the sector. Diego Rufo, creator and coordinator of the podcast, as well as producer and critic, will present it from Bueu.

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Cinema with a female perspective will be the focus of a new colloquium tomorrow at FICBUEU


I Andrea Zapata-Girau from Vigo, director of «Ruovesi», and the actresses of «Anansi», the French Chanel Victor and Marie-Solange Oussou, will have a meeting with the audience after the screening of their short films, competing in the «Official Selection»

I «Cine Divergente» podcast will take over the «Cinema e Radio» section to review the highlights of the Festival’s programme

BUEU. PONTEVEDRA. 13.08.2023. The Bueu International Film Festival, which every year showcases new trends in filmmaking and auteur cinema, will once again focus on the perspective of women working in the audiovisual sector. The space «Talks with filmmakers» will bring together tomorrow a director and two actresses from two of the short films selected in the «Official Selection» of the event. Andrea Zapata-Girau from Vigo, author of Ruovesi, and the French actresses Chanel Victor and Marie-Solange Oussou, actresses of Anansi, will talk to the FICBUEU audience about the keys to the creative processes in their respective films. The meeting will be held from 21:00 in the Sala Amalia Domínguez Búa, after the screening of the short films.

Andrea Zapata-Girau, a filmmaker and editor who lives between Galicia and Finland, the country where she made her first films, will talk about the meaning of geographical and family exile and the inner and political struggle of a woman who survived the Chilean military repression and the relationship she has with her granddaughter. This is the story she tells in her short film, released this year and based on the life of the actress who plays the main role. The title Ruovesi comes from the name of the lake in the Finnish town where the film is set.

The filmmaker and screenwriter from Vigo will be accompanied in tomorrow’s colloquium by Chanel Victor and Marie-Solange Oussou, the main character and supporting actress in the film Anansi, by the French director of African origin Aude N’Guessan Forget, produced by the Paris film school La Fémis, where she trained. Chanel Victor, who is also a painter and photographer, brings to life in this short film a young woman who works in a hairdressing salon, who suffers daily from severe stomach pains and whose life becomes hell when the pain increases. The story is based on the director’s own experience.


Radio continues at FICBUEU

Tomorrow will also see the fourth episode of the space dedicated by FICBUEU to the medium of radio as a vehicle for cultural and cinematographic dissemination. «Cinema e Radio» will have as its guest the podcast Cinema Divergente, a programme that defines itself as an intellectual process of union between cinema and other cultural manifestations to talk about trends, authors and the less commercial circuit. Álvaro Peña, Javier Acevedo and Yago París will record live a new episode of their podcast in which they will review the most outstanding programme of FICBUEU. The activity will begin at 18.00 at the Festival’s meeting point and admission is free.

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Voices from Holland, Finland and Galicia speak about cinema tomorrow at FICBUEU


I The director Hanna Hovitie, the scriptwriter Nena van Driel and the filmmaker Félix Brixel will meet after the screening of their short films in the «Official Selection»

I Cadena SER’s «El Cine de LoQueYoTeDiga», a reference podcast in film information for more than 30 years, will be recorded live and with an audience from the Festival’s venue

BUEU. PONTEVEDRA. 12.08.2023. The voices of three filmmakers with films competing in the «Official Selection» of the FICBUEU will meet tomorrow, from 21.00 hours, in a colloquium in which they will talk about film creation. The meeting, organised by the Festival Internacional de Cinema de Bueu, will be held after the screening of their short films and will allow the audience to delve into their films and their creative process.

Two of the filmmakers come from Northern Europe. One of them is the Finnish Hanna Hovitie, director and screenwriter of Square the Circle, a visually innovative comedy – framed in a circle instead of the usual filmic square– that is self-critical about infinity, space and procrastination in a unique tribute to those people who feel they don’t belong. She will be accompanied in the colloquium by the Dutch Nena van Driel, author of the screenplay of two of the films in competition at the festival: the one to be screened tomorrow, Magma, by Luca Meisters, the story of a 9-year-old girl who finds it difficult to recognise the new reality of her father’s recent disability, and Ma mère et moi, the emotional car journey of a daughter and her mother filmed by Emma Branderhorst, also winner of the FICBUEU Audience Award last year with her short film Spotless.

Hovitie and Van Driel will talk with Félix Brixel, a Galician university professor and filmmaker who is presenting his first professional short film at FICBUEU. Ulises, the story of a man with a severe psychomotor disorder who is cared for by his brother and who one day decides to bury himself alive, was nominated at the Malaga Festival and won the awards for best cinematography and best direction at the Cans Festival.

The «Cinema and Radio» section will also continue tomorrow. The FICBUEU audience will be able to attend the live recording of an episode of the podcast «El Cine de LoQueYoTeDiga», broadcasted by Cadena SER, from 18.00. Directed by Nacho Gonzalo, the programme has been one of the leading radio broadcasters of film information in Spain for more than thirty years, always combining rigorousness and entertainment. In Bueu, Gonzalo will talk about the audiovisual sector and the festival programme. Admission is free.

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The first FICBUEU Residence will bring together four filmmakers in Ons to develop their projects with Isabel Peña, scriptwriter of «As bestas»


The Festival, which received 122 proposals from filmmakers from all over Spain, is looking for pieces «with a genuine authorial vision and an innovative narrative conception»

BUEU. Pontevedra. Spain. 11.08.2023. FICBUEU, which every year showcases the best original cinema and the main film trends in short format, presented this morning its programme of residencies for filmmakers in Ons. This is a training project created to give impetus to new audiovisual projects.

Prestigious professionals advise filmmakers on the creation of new films that are still in the development phase. The programme, which the Festival began working on two years ago, has the support of the Secretaría Xeral da Igualdade and the Axencia Galega de Industrias Culturais (AGADIC). «The fact that the residency is also for short films is a differential value, because we realised that there is practically nothing similar in Spain», said María Ruiz-Falcó, co-director of FICBUEU, who also wanted to thank the public for the good reception of the event, which will continue with its programme until the 23rd.

In this first FICBUEU Residency, which will take place from 9 to 15 October in Ons, four projects have been selected from among 122 received from all over Spain, a third of them from Galicia. Their tutor will be Isabel Peña (Zaragoza, 1983), scriptwriter of films such as As bestas and El reino –with which she won two Goyas–, Stockholm or Que Dios nos perdone and series such as Antidisturbios. For María Ruiz-Falcó, «it is a luxury to open the programme with her, to be able to count on a woman with her career and her very high professional quality».


Quality and variety of projects

To select the projects, the FICBUEU team made an initial choice of 15 candidates. Then, in collaboration with Isabel Peña herself, they selected the four finalist projects: two directors, Alicia Úbeda and Ángela Andrada, both from A Coruña, and two directors, Jordi Sanz, from Barcelona, and Pablo Vilas, from Tenerife. «We highly valued the author’s genuine vision and innovative narrative conception when it came to choosing. There are four very different projects, all of them very interesting and with high quality scripts», added Manuel Pena, also co-director of FICBUEU, about the works that are part of the programme.


World with «its own language»

Alicia Úbeda, who attended the presentation of the residency, will participate with Garabato, an autobiographical short film project about two sisters aged 14 and 7 who take care of an alcoholic mother. «I feel very lucky to be part of this programme and I love the fact that it’s about short films because they have a language of their own that must be valued», she said in her speech. For this director and scriptwriter from A Coruña, her story is «an inward look» that mixes autofiction and documentary and that «takes a traumatic experience to tell it again and make it less painful».

Avisa cuando llegues is the proposal by screenwriter Ángela Andrade, the story of a 21-year-old girl who wants to recover her life, overcome her fear and go out and have fun again six months after suffering a sexual assault. Jordi Sanz, meanwhile, was chosen for Sismes, a piece that explores memory and memories through a divorced woman who returns ten years later to the volcanic island where she spent her honeymoon and has an obsession with videotaping herself to recreate the images in which only her ex-husband appeared. Barranco sin fondo is the proposal that Pablo Vilas wants to develop to tell the story of a teenager who travels with a drone through the ravines near her home and finds a little goat that she wants to adopt.

The first FICBUEU Residence will allow the four finalists to improve the quality and viability of their ideas, contributing their vision, language and personal tone, as well as acquiring the necessary resources to obtain a multidisciplinary perspective of the production process. The methodology they will use will be based on personalised tutorials, specific training and joint practical activities (round tables and one-to-one meetings) that will encourage cooperation and value different perspectives. «The plan is for them to work hard to get the most out of their stay», said Manuel Pena.


In addition to Isabel Peña, the residents will also work with the scriptwriter and anthropologist Carmen Ávalos, who will address the script from a gender perspective; Pablo Lamosa, director of Cormorán VFX, who will delve into the resources aimed at improving the visual aspects of the projects; and the professor and researcher Elena Neira, who will present the new distribution channels for cinema.


The best project will be produced

At the end of the residency, one of the four script projects will be eligible to be produced by the Galician production company Nortecatro Cinema. «We were already doing scriptwriting classes and small filming courses, but we wanted to have a big, professional and complete programme to support the ideas from the beginning and with which we could see the results. That’s why we are going to try to make one of the projects a reality and close the circle», concluded Manuel Pena.

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Nine international short films in competition, filmmakers’ colloquium and live radio, tomorrow’s cultural offer at the FICBUEU


The new GZ_00 section of the FICBUEU yesterday brought together some of the newest talents in Galician cinema. They presented their new short films and spoke to the audience at the Sala Amalia Domínguez Búa. In the image, from left to right, Manuel Pena, co-director of FICBUEU; Miguel Canalejo (O coidado); Santi Teijelo (Malgrat); Nacho Ozores (Solo, a veces. Frágil, siempre); Lucía Estévez (O neno sardiña); Marta Valverde (30′ 70 60′ 120); Coral Piñeiro e Laura Piñeiro (Na pel da memoria).

I There will be a screening with five films at 7.30 p.m., followed by a meeting with two women from the world of cinema, and another session with 4 films at 9.30 p.m.

I Onda Cero’s “Kinótico” podcast, directed by journalist David Martos, will be recorded live and with an audience from the Festival’s facilities

BUEU. 11.08.2023. The projections of the “Official Section” of the FICBUEU follow. Nine of the 28 short films competing to enter the 16th edition of the Bueu International Film Festival can be seen tomorrow on the screen of the Centro Social do Mar Auditorium.

The first of the cinematographic sessions, which will begin at 7.30 pm, will bring together five films: the short 45th Parallel, by the Jordanian Lawrence Abu Hamdan and produced in the United Kingdom; Airhostess-747, from the Greek Thanasis Neofotistos; the Oscar-nominated animated film The Flying Sailor, by Canadian filmmakers Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby; Aqueronte, by Manuel Muñoz Rivas from Seville; and Daphne, by Tonia Mishiali, from Cyprus.

The Cypriot filmmaker will take part in a discussion that will be held after the screenings (9:00 p.m.), in which she will be accompanied by María Royo, assistant director and head of production at Aqueronte, the Spanish representative in this short competition group.

The second movie session will start later, from 9.30pm. The FICBUEU will present four more short films, including a Galician one, Alicia fai cousas, by Marín (Pontevedra) director Ángel Santos. Premiered this same year, multi-prized at the Cans festival in Porriñes, it tells the story of a 25-year-old girl who is convinced that she is bored and while preparing for an audition, thinks about whether she should sign up for a course or whether or not to go to a party.

The night’s program completes Will my parents come to see me, by Somali Mo Harawe; O outro extremo da rúa, by Hungarian director Kálmán Nagy, and the animated film Ice Merchants, with which Portuguese director Joao Gonzalez won at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar.

Cinema and radio

Tomorrow will also be the second day of the “Cinema and Radio” space, which will last until Friday. The journalist specialized in cinema David Martos will travel to the FICBUEU to perform live, from 18.00 hours, a new episode of the podcast Kinótico, which is broadcast on Onda Cero and which is one of the programs of reference in the sector. Entrance is free.

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FICBUEU opens tomorrow a section to showcase the work of the new generation of Galician audiovisual filmmakers


I The Festival will offer with «Descubertas» the most avant-garde production with a selection of works from Holland, Iran, United Kingdom, Finland, Hungary and Spain

I Six films by new creators will compete for the award for the best short film directed or produced in the region


FICBUEU 2023 screenings began with the premiere of the short documentary film 'A tía Ni and her market'. It was this Friday night. The film tells the story of the Mercado da Tía Ni, a bookshop and antique shop that, at its base in Castro de Gaxate (A Lama, Pontevedra), also functions as a cultural space and meeting point. The project was developed by users of the center specialized in behavioral disorders ITA Berducido. Aunt Ni attended the premiere at Centro Social do Mar.

BUEU. Pontevedra. 09.08.2023. The Bueu International Film Festival, the FICBUEU, will return tomorrow, Sunday, to the Galician cultural agenda with the premiere of a section in its programme that seeks to bring the work of new creators of short films directed and/or produced in Galicia closer to the public. “GZ_00”, as the new category is called, will bring together, in the Auditorium of the Centro Social do Mar in Bueu, half a dozen films that will show the emerging talent in the region and that will compete for the award for the best Galician short film in this, the sixteenth edition of FICBUEU. The screening will take place from 19.30 hours.

Behind this selection of Galician films are three women and three men. Vigo-born Lucía Estévez brings to the Festival O neno sardiña, about a legendary character who crosses the river Miño to get away from those who celebrate his burial at the end of Carnival. This is the fifth short film by this director, in which she had the interpretative work of María Vázquez or Diego Anido. 30′ 70 60′ 120, the story of a prostitute in her waiting time between meetings, is signed by the director from Nigrán Marta Valverde; and Na pel da memoria is the work of Coral and Laura Piñeiro from Vilagarcía, founders of the association “Memory and Cinema”. Through this short documentary that will be screened tomorrow at FICBUEU, they will bring the public closer to the figure of Mariví Villaverde, a writer, also from Vilagarcía de Arousa, a reference in the recovery of the historical memory of the exile.

Nacho Ozores from Lugo will be in «GZ_00» with Solo, a veces. Frágil, siempre, the story of a man who wants to spend a quiet Friday night but is made difficult by the universe. In O coidado, presented by Miguel Canalejo, a filmmaker based in A Coruña, the main characters are a 70-year-old man who begins to have problems with his autonomy and the android who helps him. Completing the list of emerging Galician talent is Santi Teijelo from Santiago de Compostela with his film Malgrat, a documentary project that reflects on the capacity of spaces to house memories.

Avant´garde with «Descubertas» and the cinema of «Escolas Internacionais»

Tomorrow night, the Auditorio do Centro Social do Mar (9.30 PM) will also screen the six films of the «Descubertas» section, which includes the most avant-garde and innovative works of the last few months on the world scene. This year, the films selected come from countries such as Holland (Buurman Abdi), Iran (Majmouan), the United Kingdom and Norway (A history of the world according to Getty Images), Finland (The Transient), Hungary (Resting Fog) and Spain (Bloom). In addition, at 6.30 PM there will be a screening of four of the best works from film schools around the world in the «Escolas Internacionais» section: La herida luminosa, by Spanish director Christian Avilés; Rituály, by Czech director Damián Vondršek; Raíces, by Italian directors Maddalena Brozzi, Laura Cagnoni and Sara Moschini; and The Boy Who Couldn’t Feel Pain, by German director Eugen Merher.

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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


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


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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