BenalmÃ¡dena is about to roll out the red carpet to celebrate the XXII International Short Film and Alternative Cinema Festival (Ficcab), which for this new edition once again relies on designer David Grimaldi for the creation of its poster, inspired on this occasion by the 70’s. The film festival will pay tribute to actor Paul Lukas, a leading actor in Golden Age Hollywood, to whom Ole Benalmádena dedicated an article last year through one of his collaborators, Carlos Zamarriego (Paul Lukas: wanted Oscar Award in Benalmádena).
The creators and directors of the festival for 25 years, Jaime Noguera and José Ramón Martínez, together with the councilor of Culture of the Benalmádena City Council, Jesica Trujillo, advanced the details of the event that will be held with the House of Culture as a backdrop between October 28 and November 4.
Regarding the tribute to Paul Lukas, an actor, of Hungarian origin, – who is buried in the international cemetery of BenalmÃ¡dena – they highlighted that he worked under the orders of directors of the stature of George Cukor, Alfred Hitchcock, or John Huston, and played the professor Arronax in the Disney movie Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1954). The highest moment of his career came earlier, in 1943, when he won the Golden Globe and the Oscar for best actor for his role in Alarm on the rhine (Watch on the Rhin), ahead of Humphrey Bogart (nominated by Casablanca), and Gary Cooper (For whom the Bell Tolls).
The festival will screen the film for which he won the Hollywood Academy gold statuette at the House of Culture, at the same time that it will publish a fanzine dedicated to the memory of this actor who, residing on the Costa del Sol, chose to His remains rested in BenalmÃ¡dena.
Benalmádena and ‘Tiburón’
Regarding this year’s poster, its designer, David Grimaldi, has highlighted that it is inspired by the original design style of the 70s, a tribute to the original poster of the film Shark by Steven Spielberg, “replacing, in this case, the fearsome white shark with a, less fearsome, but tastier, giant sardine, thus giving a nod to the Costa del Sol gastronomy of Benalmádena, ending with the skyline of the same city ”. In this poster, the freehand style has been respected, where you can see the strokes and pointillism of the time, but using a more current typography.
The councilor for Culture, Jesica Trujillo, placed special emphasis during the presentation of this poster on the importance of the great film week for lovers of the seventh art, since “in the previous edition more than 420,000 impacts were recorded in its various actions promotional on social networks and digital media.â€ “The significance of Ficcab, not only in the province, but throughout Spain, is supported by the large number of editions it has already held and which have made it a classic on the agenda of those who are committed to innovative cinema with new filmmakers and filmmakers,” the councilor stressed.
In the section of contofilms in competition, the figures of the last edition have been exceeded and a total of 1,140 works have already been received from all over the world, such as Indonesia, Peru, Egypt, Iran, Mexico, Portugal, including France, Argentina and Brazil the countries that have sent the most short films.
The winners of the contest will receive 2,000 euros and the trophy as a prize for the best short film. Other awards will be awarded and special diplomas will also be awarded for the best direction, the best script and the best interpretation. The jury in charge of choosing the short films is made up of the legendary casting director and talent discoverer Elena Arnao, the Polish audiovisual producer Julia Zenczewska, the Russian actress Visenya Clarck, the photographer from Malaga José María Ruiz and the member of Cineclub Más Madera, Antonio Cervantes.
In addition, the Interfestivals cycle will also be enjoyed and viewers attending this event will be able to see the most interesting works from competitions such as Rondando por Jaén, organized by the Provincial Council of this Andalusian province, or those from the Casares New Andalusian Cinema Festival, which This year it celebrates its tenth edition. Regarding the awards ceremony, the festival will announce the winners of the 2023 Ciudad de Benalmádena Cinematography awards in the near future.
This year’s sponsors are the Benalmádena City Council, the Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in Malaga, Puerto Marina, Emabesa, Provise, Magalux Instalaciones Eléctricas, Operadora del Sur, Cineclub Más Madera, 100% Shopping and El Kafelito.
‘Stop Motion’ for children
In this edition the Benalmádena film festival will once again dedicate a cycle to the schoolchildren of Benalmádena, in a morning session, also at the House of Culture. Furthermore, within the training initiatives, there will be a new course at the Minichaplin school, where the young people enrolled will make a short documentary on the History of ‘Stop Motion’, creating and using themselves the different animation techniques used throughout the course. the history. This course will take place on Saturday, November 4 at the Benalmádena Costa Exhibition Center, and the registration period will open soon.
Ficcab will announce the winners of the 2023 Ciudad de BenalmÃ¡dena Cinematography awards in the near future, as well as the names of the collaborating companies and the feature films that make up its programming this year.