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Focus Neherlands at Madrid Films by Women Festival 5th edition

The program for this ar 2022 is made up of seven titles that will be screened at the Spanish Film Academy and Cineteca Madrid. Keep on reading:

Each edition of the Madrid Films by Women Festival has a guest country with the aim of highlighting the commitment of each territory to the development of cinema made by women. In this year's edition the Focus will be dedicated to the Netherlands, thus giving visibility to the talent and work of Dutch directors, bringing their vision of the world closer to the Spanish public and promoting their meeting with Spanish professionals.

Since the actress and writer Caroline van Dommelen directed her first film in 1911, or Marleen Gorris won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1995, this European country has had internationally renowned festivals and markets such as Rotterdam and the IDFA, as well as a film industry in which more and more professional women are making their way.

Heddy Honigmann, Urszula Antoniak, Aliona van der Horst, Karin Junger, Halina Reijn, and Gioia Smid are the participating directors of the Focus Netherlands Section. It will start on October 27th with the screening of No hay camino, the final film by the seminal figure in the international documentary field, Heddy Honigmann. It’s a well-deserved tribute to her after her recent death. José Luis Guerín also participated in the film. During the celebration of the 5th Madrid Films by Women Festival, seven feature films produced in recent years will be screened, most of them not yet commercially released in Spain nor Madrid.

The scheduled films are: No hay camino (There is no path), by Heddy Honigmann; Magic Mountains and Splendid Isolation by Urszula Antoniak; Turn Your Body to the Sun, by Aliona van der Horst; Karin Unger's Ten Songs for Charity; Instinct, by Halina Reijn; and Pim & Pom, the great adventure, by Gioia Smid.

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On the other hand, Dutch professionals from the audiovisual sector will attend some of the round tables scheduled for this 5th edition of the festival as invited experts. We will be able to listen to Esther Bannenberg, producer, distributor and consultant, and to Margje de Koning, artistic director of Movies that Matter Festival at a round table on festivals and film financing that will take place at Fundación Telefónica Space Auditorium’s. At the very same space, directors Urszula Antoniak, Karin Unger and Aliona van der Horst, among others, will give us first-hand insight into their work and experience in the international film industry during the round table dedicated to this edition's guest directors. Furthermore, these authors will introduce their films before each screening at the aforementioned venues.

This careful programming has been carried out with the support of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Madrid and in collaboration with SEE NL, an entity that promotes awareness and visibility of Dutch films to improve their position in the international market.

Soon all the details about the Focus Netherlands programm will be announced on our official channels.


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