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                       SPAIN                                                                                         TOP 10

                                                                                                                      SPANISH FILMS
                                                                                                                    AT THE BOX OFFICE       © LE PACTE / MORENA FILMS / MOVISTAR + © LE PACTE / MORENA FILMS / MOVISTAR +
                                                                                                                          IN 2018

                                                                                                                      Champions (directed by
                                                                                                                      Javier Fesser): € 19m
                                                                                                                      Superlopez (Javier Ruiz
                                                                                                                      Caldera): € 10,615,541
                                                                                                                      Perfect Strangers (Álex de la
                                                                                                                      Iglesia): € 8m
                                                                                                                      The Best Summer of My Life
                                                                                                                    4  (Dani de la Orden):
                                                                                                                      € 7,935,774
                  Facts &                                                                                           5  The Tribe (Fernando
                                                                                                                      Colomo): € 6,146,641
                  figures                                                                                           6  Sara’s Notebook (Norberto
                                                                                                                      López Amado): € 5,197,167
                                                                                                                    7  Yucatán (Daniel Monzón):
                                                                                                                      € 5,141,044
                  ●   Population of Spain:
                   46,733,038 million                                                                               8  Empowered (Santiago
                  ● Number of cinemas: 734                                                                            Segura): € 4,495,600
                  ● Number of screens: 3,589                                                                          The Footballest (Miguel
                  ●   Production companies:                                                                         9  Ángel Lamata): € 3,437,934
                   389 – of which 340                                                                                 Everybody Knows (Asghar
                   produced just one film                                                                          10  Farhadi): € 3,137,938
                   in 2018, 45 produced
                   between two and four
                   films and four produced
                   five films or more
                  ●   Total number of cinema-goers
                   in 2018: 98.9 million                                                                         Champions, directed
                  ●   Total revenue in 2018:                                                                     by Javier Fesser
                   € 585.7m
                  ●   Total releases: 616 – of
                   which 168 were Spanish
                   films, generating € 103.1m             SPAIN: TALENT,
                   and drawing in
                   17.7 million viewers
                  ●   Number of feature films
                   produced in Spain in 2018:             AUDACITY AND
                   266 – of which 54 were co-
                   productions; the average
                   production cost was                    CINEMATIC PRESTIGE
                   € 2.8m
                  ●   Distribution companies: 336
                   – of which 44 distributed
                   more than 10 titles
                  ●   International reach of Spanish      SPANISH CINEMA IS BACK AND ON IRREPRESSIBLE
                   cinema: represented at                 FORM AT THIS YEAR’S CANNES FILM FESTIVAL.
                   65 festivals; 16 Spanish
                   film weeks held in other
                   countries; 294                         By Alfonso Rivera,
                   international film awards  Fire Will Come,
                                             by Oliver Laxe
                                                                  WELVE months ago, the official section opened   Zama, by Lucrecia Martel, Wild Tales, by Damián Szifron
                                                                  with a screening of European co-production   and the documentary The Silence of Others, directed by
                                                                  Everybody Knows, directed by Asghar Farhadi   Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar and winner of this
                                                                  and starring Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz.   year’s Goya Award for Best Documentary Film.
                                                           T This year, Spain’s most famous star will return   Another producer who has been steadfastly loyal to an
                                                          to the red carpet as part of the cast of Pain and Glory, film   internationally acclaimed artist who defies categorisation is
                                                          number 21 from the brilliant and world-renowned Pedro   Montse Triola. As a partner at Andergraun Films, Triola has
                                                          Almodóvar, who is once again in the running for the Palme   long supported the work of Albert Serra, another bold and
                                                          D’Or. Inspired by Almodóvar’s own life, the film is produced   unorthodox filmmaker, competing in this year’s Un Certain
                                                          by his company El Deseo, headed up by his brother Agustín   Regard section with the “sizzling” Liberté. It’s three years
                                                          and Esther García — winner of the 2018 National   since The Death of Louis XIV was honoured with a special
                                                          Cinematography Award presented by the Spanish Ministry   screening here at Cannes, and together Serra and Triola have
                                                          of Culture and Sport. “Production is something that women   always gone in for “projects with budgets large and small,
                                                          tend to do very well,” argues this indefatigable firebrand   but we really go for each and every one of them: he’s an artist,
                                                          who, as well as bringing the two-time Oscar winner’s projects   and the finished film is never quite as originally envisaged.
                                                         © DR  to life, also oversees other films backed by El Deseo, such as   It develops out of the script, the shoot and, finally, the

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