Each year the city of Granada hosts this festival focusing on the audiovisual production from countries in the south and with shores bathed by the Mediterranean Sea.
The Festival aims to provide a showcase for films produced in countries from the South. With this in mind, the official categories cover the range of fiction to documentaries. Works essential to the history of films in the South will also be projected, and the meeting of established and new filmmakers will be promoted.
“Cines del Sur came to life five years ago as an example of how the Andalusian Regional Government has made a priority of supporting invisible cinema, of giving Spain a new kind of international festival that helps all of us open our eyes and understand the languages and viewpoints of distant lands.
Looking back over these five years, it is easy to see all that the Granada Film Festival Cines del Sur has achieved and just how much it has nourished the soul of Granada, a city that is always exploring its own fragmented history. Over three hundred films have been shown, coming from every corner of that South that draws us to it and struggles to overcome its problems, and is now starting to look like the driving force towards a future we still cannot foretell.
Along the way we have been accompanied by many directors, producers and actors, who after their visit to our Festival have become enthusiastic ambassadors and spokespeople of this gem that hopefully will last for many years. Many of these friends of the festival are very well-known: Omar Sharif, Arturo Ripstein, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Jafar Panahi and Gael García Bernal. For many others the festival has helped them open new doors and create new possibilities.
And we have always felt the support of Andalusia and of Granada, of the city’s audiences who understood right away the importance of the compelling stories told in films from Asia, Africa or Latin America.”
Cines del Sur Film Festival
More information: http://www.cinesdelsur.com
Category: Spain festivals