Salva Espín’s workshop at the Contenedor Cultural and the Soundtracks Concert at the ETSI de Informática were also sold out

Sold out Friday at Fancine. The fantastic film festival of the Universidad de Málaga has experienced a second day of screenings with a considerable amount of spectators, who have filled the Albéniz halls and the available capacity in the two parallel activities of the programme.

The first film to hang the sold-out sign was ‘Unicorn Wars’, the new project by Alberto Vázquez, screened in the Ánima Zone section. The Galician director presented this colourful proposal that pits teddy bears against unicorns on the big screen. “I wanted to do something in the war genre, and I came up with this bastard child”, joked Vázquez in the subsequent meeting he held with the audience. In this talk, he also explained the process of creating this feature film and thanked the Malaga festival for the support that all his productions have received, recalling that his short films ‘Sangre de Unicornio’, ‘Bird Boy’ and ‘Decorado’ were in previous editions of FANCINE, even winning prizes in the list of winners.

The second film to sell out was one of the films participating in the Official Selection: ‘Venus’, by Jaume Balagueró, entered the competition today at FANCINE with Hall 1 packed to the rafters. In it, the popular actress Ester Expósito transforms herself into a real “scream queen” to spin a story with Lovecraftian overtones set in a cursed Madrid suburb. This is the Catalan director’s return to the purest horror, and with this film, co-written with screenwriter Fernando Navarro, he adds yet another title to ‘The Fear Collection’ label, created by Sony Pictures International Productions and Pokeepsie Films, Álex de la Iglesia and Carolina Bang’s production company, in association with Prime Video.

The competition tandem was completed with the screening of ‘Vesper’, which was introduced by Adrián Peña, representing the distributor YouPlanet. Directed by Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper, this science fiction film sets us in a dystopian future after the collapse of the Earth’s ecosystem. The plot, in keeping with the theme of “environmental fear” that is at the heart of this edition, follows a young girl who tries to survive in this destroyed universe. Her destiny will change when she meets a mysterious woman who will force her to use all her ingenuity.

The day’s guest list closed with Italian director Alberto Mascia, who visited FANCINE to present the world premiere of ‘Hypersleep’. His peculiar proposal, recently selected at the Turin Festival and Night Vision in Helsinki, transforms prisons into a hypothetical future in which prisoners serve their sentences in a deep and peaceful state of sleep, which results in a drastic decrease in the rate of recidivism. The system remains on schedule until the data of one of the inmates is lost.

Outside the cinema, the other two venues of the day also maintained a high level of participation. The Contenedor Cultural was the space chosen to host the workshop of comic book artist Salva Espín, where he gave a masterclass on his work at Marvel. After dedicating the talk to his colleague Carlos Pacheco, he explained the creative and scripting process of a comic. He also went over sketches, technique and character design and then impressed the audience by drawing Deadpool live. This master class was aimed at audiences of all ages with the aim of introducing them to this fantastic world.

Lastly, Friday ended with ‘pomp and circumstance’. The auditorium of the ETSI of Computer Science and Telecommunications of the UMA hosted the traditional concert of Soundtracks, a recital for which there were no tickets left since Monday. The Malaga Symphony Orchestra performed a repertoire conducted by Miguel Romea, with themes from the films ‘Interestellar’, ‘Wall-E’ and ‘Mad Max’ for the more than three hundred attendees. The event has been developed thanks to the support of the Diputación de Málaga and has been recorded entirely by the Centro de Tecnología de la Imagen.

Programme on Saturday 12 November

FANCINE will have a full schedule of events on the first day of the weekend. Saturday will be the premiere of the morning sessions at the Albéniz as well as at the Rectorado de la UMA, which will host the free screening of ‘Sing a Bit of Harmony’, the film of this year’s Fantástico en Familia. It will not be the only plan for the little ones: in Teatinos there will be children’s workshops, while at the Alcazabilla venue the competition will continue with the screening of ‘Irati’ and ‘Mantícora’. In the afternoon, the cycle directed by CineAsia will begin with the screening of ‘The Lake’ and the subsequent cineforum. Admission will be free until full capacity is reached.