Maddi Barber and David Perez Sañudo are among the directors selected for the 9th edition of the Ikusmira Berriak program

– This residency organized by the festival with Tabakalera and the Elías Querejeta Film School also hosts the next projects of Sameh Alaa, María Alché, Naomi Pacifique and Hikaru Uwagawa

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Six film projects have been selected from among the 348 submitted for the ninth edition of Ikusmira Berriakwhich will take place in 2023. This program of residencies and audiovisual project development activities organized by the San Sebastian Film Festivaltea Tabakalera International Center of Contemporary Culture and the Elias Querejeta Zine Eskola (EQZE) has so far thrown its weight behind the creation of 38 titles, standing out among which, to name just two recent films, are El agua [+lire aussi :
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by Elena Lopez Riera (which has racked up two nominations for the upcoming Goya Awards, after taking part in the latest Cannes Directors’ Fortnight) and Suro [+lire aussi :
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by Mikel Gurreawhich has just been released in Spanish theaters and is also in the running for two of the Spanish Film Academy’s prizes.

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On this occasion, the selection committee has chosen the following projects, divided into the five categories listed at the end of this article: Ulyssesa Japanese parody of The Odyssey that explores the concept of “home”, by Madrid-based Japanese director Hikaru Uwagawa; after the night, the nightan examination of monogamy as seen from the streets of Amsterdam, helmed by Swiss-Dutch filmmaker Naomi Pacific; An Erasmus Student’s Last Night in Romewhich sees a thirtysomething return to the titular city before discovering that he is no longer the same person, by Bilbao native David Perez Sanudo (who made his feature debut two years ago with Ane Is Missing [+lire aussi :
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); Forest Clearinga story that brings together a woman, a man and three roosters in the Navarrese Pyrenees, and which marks the first fiction feature by Navarre-born documentarian Maddi Barber; I Can Hear Your Voice…Stillthe tale of a woman who tries to forge her own way through the patriarchal society of Egypt, by Sameh Alaawinner of the Short Film Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2020 for I Am Afraid To Forget Your Face; and I Love You and Everything Is Beautifulan intimate melodrama that unfolds in parallel with the events that marked the history of Argentina between the 1940s and the 1960s, by actress-director Maria Alchethe author behind the acclaimed European co-production A Family Submerged [+lire aussi :
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(2018).

The residency period will last eight weeks, split into two legs: on 6 March, the participants will arrive at Tabakalera, where they will work on developing their project until 16 April. During this time, they will be offered guidance from select experts and professionals. In June, each resident will receive development aid of €10,000. Then, in September, they will return to San Sebastián to complete the final two weeks of the residency, coinciding with the festival itself.

During this last phase, they will have the opportunity to present their projects to industry professionals and will benefit from a personalized schedule of meetings with individuals interested in them. Furthermore, post-production outfit Elamedia Euskadi will hand out the Elamedia Euskadi Post-Production Award to one of the selected projects: the prize consists of several services, such as sound and color post-production, graphic design work and the creation of a DCP Master.

The list of projects is as follows:

EQZE

UlyssesHikaru Uwagawa (Spanish/Japan)

Nest

after the night, the nightNaomi Pacific (Netherlands)

Basque Country

An Erasmus Student’s Last Night in RomeDavid Perez Sanudo (Spanish)

Spain

Forest ClearingMaddi Barber (Spanish)

Internayouional

I Can Hear Your Voice…StillSameh Alaa (France/Egypt)
I Love You and Everything Is BeautifulMaria Alche (Argentina)

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Maddi Barber and David Perez Sañudo are among the directors selected for the 9th edition of the Ikusmira Berriak program