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Benalmádena, mecca of alternative cinema through the 20th edition of Ficcab

Benalmádena will become from today until next Saturday, the European capitalof short films and alternative cinema thanks to Ficcab, which this year celebrates its twentieth anniversary.

The Cuban actor and director will attend the opening gala Jorge Perugorría, known for such prominent roles as Bambola, Cosas que dejé en la Habana, the recently released series Doctor Portuondo or Fresa y chocolate, film that launched him to fame and that will be screened at the end of the gala. Perugorría will receive the City of Benalmádena International Award, an award previously collected by illustrious personalities such as Guillermo del Toro or Ken Loach. The gala will be presented by the magician and comedian Karim.

The screening of the official Short Films section begins on Friday, where 22 short films from all over the world participate, selected from among the more than 1000 received. Thus, works from Brazil, France, Holland, Cuba and Spain can be seen, with short films directed by teachers such as Carlos Saura or Gonzalo Suarez, and interpreted by Alexandra Jiménez, Fele Martínez or some of the protagonists of La casa de papel.

This screening is joined by the portuguese shortfilm exhibition, organized together with the Portuguese Short Film Agency. Already at 9:00 p.m., the person in charge of receiving his award will be Rafael Robles, better known as Rafatal, who will collect the Cortoman Award, where the trajectory of those people or entities within the world of short film is recognized. Later his latest work, An Island in the Desert, a documentary that reflects how the Costa del Sol became an oasis of freedom in a Spain under the dictatorship, thanks to cinema, music, painting and architecture will be screened.

Saturday will begin with a new sample of short films, in this case from the Gibara Film Festival (Cuba), and where Jorge Perugorría acts as director, to continue with a new ration of short films from the official section of Ficcab.

At 21.00 hours the Closing Gala with the delivery of the awards for the short film contest – highlighting the Best Málaga Short Film award, sponsored by the Cine club Más Máderaand the delivery of the City of Benalmádena Management Award toCarlos Iglesias, actor and film director as Un franco, catorce pesetas or Ispansi, the film chosen to close the festival. This gala will be presented by the comedians Paco Calavera and Kikín Fernández.

Workshops for children at the Arroyo de la Miel Public Library

Among the parallel activities, the little ones will be able to enjoy the film workshop that on the figure of Ray Harryhausen, the magician of special effects and godfather of the technique known as Stop Motion, will be held at the Arroyo de la Miel Public Library , in two passes. The first will be at 10:00 am and the second at 12:15 pm. Registrations (for the 12.15 pm shift there are still places left) can be requested at festcinebenalmadena@yahoo.es.

In addition, until Saturday at 7:00 p.m. an exhibition on the history of the Festival can be visited in the Nautical Club Assembly Hall. In the sample you can see from the first proposals, when it was a modest film contest, to the present moment where the Ficcab is an international reference in the world of short films.

All screenings and galas will be held in the recently restored Assembly Hall of the Casa de la Cultura in Arroyo de la Miel. The tickets for the short film sessions are free, and the invitations to the galas will be available, until full capacity is reached, on the same day of the gala from 5:00 p.m. in the same House of Culture. They can also be booked in the Festival mail festcinebenalmadena@yahoo.es

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