The Spanish filmmaker Elena López Riera will compete in the Directors’ Fortnight, a parallel section of the Cannes Festival, with her debut film, Water, starring Luna Pamiés, Bárbara Lennie and Alberto Olmo. 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. ”.
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“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.
It stands out that 11 of the 23 chosen films are directed by women. A number that contrasts with the three that, at the moment, are in the Official Section. Among them, many that could have been competing for the Palme d’Or and that were in all the pools, such as the new Alice Winocour or the long-awaited film by Lea Mysius, The five devils. Among the curiosities stands out the film that the French writer Annie Ernaux has directed together with her son David Ernaux-Briot and that bears the name of Les années super 8.
We will have to be very attentive to the debut of López Riera after triumphing with his personal short films. The first short of him, Village (2015) premiered, precisely, at the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and the viscera (2016) at the Locarno Festival. His latest work those who wish (2018) won numerous international awards, including the Pardino d’Oro for best short film at the Locarno Festival, a special mention from the jury at the San Sebastián – Zabaltegui Festival, the Zinebi Grand Prize, Grand Prize in Vila do Conde and an EFA nomination, in addition to participating as a video installation at MOMA PS1 as part of the Openhouse spring exhibition.