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Boy with a Bike by the Dardenne brothers to inaugurate the FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE's 4+1 Festival in Madrid

Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne will inaugurate the second edition of the FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE's 4+1 Film Festival in Madrid with Boy with a Bike (2011), the film that won the Jury Prize in the last edition of the Cannes Film Festival. The 4+1 Festival will be held simultaneously from October 26th through the 30th in Buenos Aires, Bogotá, Mexico City, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro, and its Guest of Honor will be Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase, who will be present at the Main Headquarters in Mexico City.

With this commitment to simultaneity and a programming schedule that features a unique combination of works by both veteran and emerging filmmakers, the 4+1 Festival aims to further the role of festivals in promoting key works of auteur film among the general public. To this end, the film competition will kick off in Madrid with the most recent production by an internationally acclaimed directing team with a distinct film personality.

Boy with a Bike by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne tells the story of a 12-year-old boy with a single plan in mind: to find his father, who left him in a foster home temporarily. The Dardennes will present the film at the Opening Session on October 26th at 20:30 at Madrid's Academy of Film Arts and Science. These two brothers have been very success at international competitions. In 2005, they won the Palme d'Or for L'enfant. And, in 1997, the European Film Academy chose their film Gigi, Monica... et Bianca Best Documentary.

 

The Film Foundation, Scorsese's Commitment to Classic Films

Along the same premise, each of the 4+1 Festival's other four locations will also kick off with an exceptional film. This time, FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE is working in collaboration with The Film Foundation (TFF), created in 1990 by Martin Scorsese with the aim of restoring and disseminating films in danger of disappearing. That is why the 4+1 Festival will open in Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and Mexico with four key titles in the history of contemporary film (Senso, Paths of Glory, The Red Shoes and Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, respectively), screening copies restored by The Film Foundation.

Official Selection and Retrospectives Available On-Line in All Five Countries

 

In addition to the prestigious Belgian brothers other filmmakers featured in the Official Selection, such as Patricio Guzmán and Andrés Duque, will also be present in Madrid. The Chilean director will hold a debate with viewers about his film Nostalgia de la luz (2010), a feature that made off with the François Chalis Award at Cannes and was chosen Best Documentary by the European Film Academy. On his part, Venezuelan filmmaker Andrés Duque will reveal some of the secret behind the making of Color Perro que Huye (2011), which won him the Audience Award at the Punto de Vista Festival.

 

Other films competing for the 4+1 Audience Award, to be granted by viewers from all five participating countries, include: Outrage (Takeshi Kitano, 2010), Meek's Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt, 2010), My Joy (Sergei Lonitza, 2010), Mundane History (Anocha Suwichakornpong, 2009),  Lucía (Niles Atallah, 2010),  King of Devil's Island (Marius Holst, 2010), Curling (2010), Belle Épine (2010), Chantrapas (Otar Ioselliani, 2010), Morgen (Marian Crisan, 2011), Tilva Ros (Nicola Lezaic, 2010) and Nénette (Nicolas Philibert, 2010). These films will also be available on-line in all five countries during the Festival and until November 4th, along with two retrospectives dedicated to Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Guest of Honor at the first edition), and Agnès Varda, who won the 2010 Audience Award with Les Plages d'Agnès (2008).

In addition, Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase, who competed for a Palme d'Or at the last edition of the Cannes Film Festival with Hanezu no Tsuki (2011), will be the Guest of Honor during this second edition of the FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE's 4+1 Film Festival. The Special Section dedicated to her will feature such titles as: Hotaru 2009, Genpin (2010), Shara (2003) and Hanezu no Tsuki (2011). Plus, Kawase will also offer a master class in Mexico City and will present a selection of her short films at the Cineteca Nacional's Galería Sala 8.

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