Spanish cinema continues to triumph in 2022. The latest good news is the last-minute incorporation of Rodrigo Sorogoyen to the Cannes festival. He will do it without competing for the Palme d’Or, within the Cannes Premiere section, where this year works by directors such as Olivier Assayas or Marco Bellocchio can be seen. It is the first time that the Spanish director will attend the most prestigious event in the world. He does it with his new film, as bestas, shot in a town in El Bierzo and with the tensions between the locals and a French couple as a backdrop. Rodrigo Sorogoyen had jumped to the fore in recent weeks after learning of the cancellation of his series on the Civil War for Movistar +.
The big film festivals suspend in parity, both in the films in competition and in winners
Sorogoyen’s film was one of those that sounded in the pools this year and they have finally been fulfilled at the last minute. Complete a historical Spanish presence, since in the Official Section for the competition there will also be Albert Serra with Bora Bora. Serra will be the first Spanish director -besides Pedro Almodóvar- to compete for the Palme d’Or since 2009. A co-production between Spain and France with a cast including the Spanish Sergi López and the French Benoit Magimel.
Also on the Croissette will be the Spanish filmmaker Elena López Riera, who will compete in the Directors’ Fortnight, a parallel section, with her feature debut, Water, starring Luna Pamiés, Bárbara Lennie and Alberto Olmo, which will be distributed in Spain by Filmin and Elastica. The general delegate of the contest, Paolo Moretti, highlighted this Tuesday at a press conference that it is “a mystical, sensory first feature film, impregnated with documentary sensitivity, around a myth, that of the recurring disappearance of women in a Spanish town. ”.
“The film confirms the emergence of a new voice in contemporary European cinema”, said the representative of the Fortnight, which will celebrate its 54th edition between May 17 and 28 and will be inaugurated by L’Envol, by the Italian Pietro Marcello, with the French actor Louis Garrel. The selection includes names that were expected in the Official Selection at Cannes, such as Mia Hansen Love, who will present here Beau morning, or that of Alex Garland, who will premiere his long-awaited Menu in this promising fortnight that has stood up to the official Cannes.