The British films ‘The Lair’ and ‘Flux Gourmet’ kick off the competitive section at the Albéniz

After inaugurating its 32nd edition at a sold-out gala presided over by the streamer SpokSponha, the fantastic film festival of the Universidad de Málaga kicked off screenings this Thursday at the Albéniz with all the cinemas up and running. With the line-up just opened, the festival has also begun the visits of the guest directors who are presenting their new projects in the capital these days, such as the Chinese filmmaker Cao Jinling, who is participating in the cycle dedicated to “environmental fear” with ‘Anima’. The feature film, which has been widely screened on the international festival circuit, tells the story of two brothers whose paths diverge when they fall in love with the same woman, with nature as a fundamental pillar of the plot.

“I want people to reflect on the relationship between human beings and the environment,” he told the audience at the beginning of the screening. Filmed in her home village, where the forest is considered a deity and the inhabitants are instilled with a deep love for the environment from an early age, Jinling took more than two years to compile all the material to film her debut feature, which reflects real elements and situations (snow, bears, tree felling) filmed in extreme conditions, with temperatures reaching minus 40 degrees Celsius. After the screening, the audience was able to discuss the most interesting aspects of the film with the director herself.

Earlier, in Hall 1, the competitive section received its first contenders for the 9,000 euro prize awarded by the festival. ‘The Lair’ opened the competition with a battle between monsters and soldiers by Neil Marshall. In his return to the big screen, the director of titles such as ‘Dog Soldiers’, presents us with an RAF pilot who is wounded on a mission in Afghanistan. To escape her pursuers, she takes refuge in a bunker that had been used by the Russians to experiment with alien DNA. The action, blood, supernatural creatures, and war uniforms were replaced in the next round by the highly personal aesthetics of Peter Strickland, who enters the competition with ‘Flux Gourmet’ after winning a prize at FANCINE a couple of editions ago with ‘In Fabric’. In this new film, starring Gwendoline Christie (‘Game of Thrones’), the British director flirts with comedy to create a satire on the world of contemporary art and signature cuisine through a group of eccentric characters brought together in a culinary institute.

Both sessions were attended by the filmmakers Macarena Astorga and Alberto Evangelio, members of this year’s jury, who took advantage of the screening to encourage the audience to participate in the voting and thus make up the list of winners.

Meanwhile, at the Contenedor Cultural, the group Orina and Los Yolos rocked this day of Fancine by opening the calendar of parallel activities for this anniversary. Room 3 of the Teatinos campus stage was the perfect place to receive the warmth of the audience, with which Manué, the group’s vocalist, merged with an energetic and dedicated front row.

With songs like ‘Salud, dinero o amor’ and ‘Guerra nuclear’ they took the audience to a psychedelic world without rules, where the only requirement was to shake their heads and bodies to their heart’s content. The farewell came with the song ‘Poli en chándalal’, projecting the image of a giant toilet on the screen, cheered by the audience. Secondly, Los Yolos took over the stage. With an audience more than ready after the songs of Orina, this band from Barcelona presented their latest work in Málaga called ‘Rock Ciudad’, of which vinyl records have been put on sale at the exit.

Programme on Friday 11 November

Music and comics will alternate with the marathon of titles planned for this Friday’s FANCINE programme. The renowned cartoonist Salva Espín will give a master class in the Cultural Container with graphic content and live illustration to explain the evolution in the design of Marvel characters. Also, in Teatinos, another of the most popular moments of the UMA film event will take place: the auditorium of the ETSI of Computer Science and Telecommunications will once again host the traditional concert of Soundtracks by the Provincial Orchestra of Malaga, an event organised with the support of the Provincial Council and broadcast live on FANCINE’s Youtube channel thanks to the Image Technology Centre. And in Alcazabilla, ‘Vesper’ and ‘Venus’ will continue with the Official Selection in a day that will be attended by directors Alberto Mascia (Hypersleep’) and Alberto Vázquez (‘Unicorn Wars’).