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Emily by Frances O'Connor will close the 5th edition of the Festival

The feature film will be previewed in Madrid, next Saturday, November 5th, during the Festival's Closing Gala at the Palacio de la Prensa


The fifth edition of the Madrid Films by Women Festival inaugurated last Tuesday, October 25th, will reach its halfway point tomorrow with great successes. A varied program is still ahead with much to offer the audience. The Palacio de la Prensa in Madrid will host the Closing Gala of the Madrid Film by Women Festival. This fifth edition finale will take place next Saturday, November 5th at 8:00 pm. Emily by Frances O'Connor will be the closing film of this edition. The film narrates the life in the Victorian era of the young rebel Emily Brontë, who will become the famous author of the novel ‘Wuthering Heights’. It will not arrive in Spanish cinemas until January 2023. Emily was selected at the Toronto and Sitges festivals and received the Audience Award for Best Film and Best Actress at the 2022 Dinard Film Festival. The feature film will be previewed in Madrid as part of the festival, in a special invitational screening, by courtesy of the film’s distributor Vértigo Films.

And there is still much to see yet before the festival closes! 👉 Check the full programme

This weekend the programming of the International Competition will continue, at the Círculo de Bellas Artes. The competition opened last Friday, October 28th with Laura Mora's Los reyes del mundo (The Kings of the World), achieving one of the four SOLD OUTS of the week and with the presence of Pedro Almodóvar among the spectators.

On Friday, November 4th, at 7:00 pm, the Spanish premiere of the feature film Ønskebarn (Baby Pyramid) by Cecilie McNair will take place with the presentation of the director thanks to the collaboration of the Embassy of Denmark in Spain. At 9pm Klondike by Maryna Er Gorbach, a Sundance-awarded Ukrainian film about the 2014 Donbas War, will be screened.

On Saturday, November 5th, at 7:00 pm, we will be able to watch the Spanish premiere of Nezouh by Soudade Kaadan, recent Audience Award in Venice. At 9pm will take place the premiere in Madrid of the feature film by Maryam Touzani Le Bleu du Caftan (The Blue Caftan), which has just received the Best Actress Award at the 67th SEMINCI.

Closing the International Competition, on Sunday, November 6, the screening at 7:00 p.m. of Wir könnten genauso gut tot sein (We might as well be dead) by Natalia Sinelnikova, awarded in Tribeca and premiered in Madrid, in collaboration with Another Way Film Festival.

In other news, The Spanish Authors Competition in the Sala Berlanga of the Fundación SGAE on Tuesday, November 1st, the documentary Viaje a alguna parte (Journey to Somewhere) will be screened at 6:30 pm and presented by its director Helena de Llanos. Then, at 9pm the thriller Cerdita (Piggy), by Carlota Pereda will be screened and presented by its leading actress Laura Galán. The competition will come to an end on Wednesday, November 2nd after the screening at 6:30 pm of the acclaimed feature film Cinco Lobitos (Lullaby) by director Alauda Ruiz de Azúa.

Also at the Sala Berlanga of the Fundación SGAE, the Portuguese director Maria de Medeiros will present the premiere in Madrid of her latest feature film, Aos Nossos Filhos (Our Children), in a special session out of competition on Wednesday, November 2nd at 9:00 pm.

We will still be able to enjoy the Focus Netherlands Section, programmed in collaboration with SEE NL and with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Madrid, at the Academia de Cine and Cineteca Madrid.

In the cinema room of the Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas this Wednesday, November 2nd, at 7:00 pm, will take place the premiere in Madrid of the film Magic Mountains, by Urszula Antoniak. On Thursday, November 3rd, there will be two sessions – at 6:00 pm Turn Your Body to the Sun  with the presentation by its director Aliona van der Horst, premiere in Madrid, and at 8:00 pm the premiere in Spain of Splendid Isolation by Urszula Antoniak.

At Cineteca Madrid, Karin Junger's Ten Songs for Charity will premiere in Spain on Friday, November 4th at 8:00 pm. On Saturday, November 5th at 8:00 pm will take place the premiere in Madrid of Instinct by Halina Reijn.

To close the section, on Sunday, November 6th, in a morning session at noon, the animated children's feature film Pim & Pom: Het Grote Avontuur (Pim and Pom: The Great Adventure) by Gioia Smid will premiere in Spain.

At the Espacio Fundación Telefónica we will be able to attend the second day of round tables on Thursday, November 3rd, which will begin at 5:00 pm with the table ‘How did you get here? Case studies of film script professionals. It will continue at 6:45 pm with the second table, ‘How did you get here? Case studies of the international film directors participating in the festival’ with the directors Aliona van der Horst, Cecilie McNair, Diana Cardozo, Ana Katz and Maria de Medeiros.

Don’t forget that, on Friday, November 4th at 6:00 pm, the Outstanding Creators section will take place at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza with the opening conference Missing in Action by Professor Marian López Fernández-Cao and the screening of the two parts of the documentary Lost Women in Art.

So now it’s up to you... See you in the theaters!


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