The Cans Film Festival, in Pontevedra, an agro-Cannes that may be reached by tractor | EUROtoday

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It has been 20 years because the small village of Cans (within the municipality of O Porrio, in Pontevedra) is now not what it was. Behind their transformation are some locals who determined, when the twenty first century started, to arrange a brief movie competition of their land, initially with out many extra pretensions than to point out the rising expertise of Galicia. His appointment has ended up rising to develop into not solely an excellent speaker for brand new filmmakers within the space, and an actual attraction for movie lovers, but additionally a particular motivation for the hardly 400 inhabitants of the city.

Although it sounds related, Cans no es Cannes. Here the inexperienced of the meadow and the straw yellow of the stables add the native colour to its explicit purple carpet. Limousines don’t exist however there are chimpines, which is what they name some good home tractors that transport the general public and friends from one place to a different, with a courtesy to Emir Kusturica.

There are additionally some sheds and sheds given by the neighbors to point out the movies and, as well as, they’re embellished even higher than the balconies of Welcome, Mr. Marshall. Yes, nothing is like on the Costa Azual however that’s not what is meant both. We even have one thing that they don't have: an exquisite village and a transversal and transgenerational soul What makes us completely different. Oh, and we even have agroglamour!, feedback the competition director, Alfonso Pato.

Counterprogramming as at all times to your homlogo Gallic (whose organizers, as a curiosity, already know the existence of Cans), on the competition you possibly can see brief movies but additionally different audiovisual items resembling documentaries, video clips or internet sequence. You can even take pleasure in stay music, discussions with filmmakers and countless parallel actions for all audiences in a totally rural surroundings. Cans lives yearly some very particular days for guests (greater than 13,000 final 12 months!), however, above all, for the neighbors themselves, who at all times give themselves utterly to the competition. From seven-year-old youngsters who assist information you thru the village to the older neighbors, 80 or 90, who open the doorways of their homes to you. It's very thrilling.

Fernando Trueba, Luis Tosar, Emma Surez, José Sacristán, María Vázquez… are among the well-known faces who’ve arrived in Cans as stars and have left as neighbors. But within the reminiscence of the individuals there may be Jose Luis Cuerda which, within the 2015 version, as if it had been one other sequel to Amanece which isn’t any small factor, disappeared utterly for 3 hours. It didn't seem, we didn't know the place it was. We spent hours in search of him till we discovered him having a good time in a home within the city. The man had turned off his cellphone and there he was, consuming and dancing like one in every of them, together with 50 different individuals, Pato remembers, laughing. It is among the thousand humorous anecdotes which have gathered over time.

This 12 months, from May 21 to 25, Cans will as soon as once more costume as much as welcome the XXI version of its competition. And though they’re nonetheless engaged on the programming, there is no such thing as a doubt that the protagonist will as soon as once more be that generalized feeling of such stunning emotion that she breathes 12 months after 12 months. Yes, Pato insists: You have to come back. Nothing I'm telling you proper now will beat coming right here and stay it in first particular person.