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Festival du Cinéma Espagnol de Nantes - interview with Joxean Fernandez

First glance at the 2017 Festival du Cinéma Espagnol de Nantes 

Celebrating 27 years since its conception, this year's Spanish film festival will take place at the Cinema Katorza, Théâtre Graslin and the Espace Cosmopolis between the 22nd of March and the 2nd of April. In preparation, we spoke to co-organiser Joxean Fernandez.

With more than 70 premières, 50 high-profile guests and 250 showings of films in their original languages, the 27th edition of the Festival du Cinéma Espagnol de Nantes is all set to build upon its already impressive history. Described by festival co-organiser and expert on the history of cinema, Joxean Fernandez, as possibly the most important event for Spanish and Basque film-makers outside Spain, this year's festival continues its tradition of reflecting Spanish current affairs by taking the Spanish film noir as its theme. The series of gripping portrayals of crime and corruption, as well as the 'cosmo-rencontres', a series of lectures on the genre, all pay homage to the intensity of the recent past in Spain.

The historical outlook of the festival is not limited solely to the film noir, however. Another special feature of the 27th edition is the commemoration of the bombing of Guernica on the 26th of April, 1937. Showing films contemporary with the event as well as modern reworkings, the festival pays tribute to one of the most influential events of the Spanish Civil War as well as drawing a haunting comparison to today's atrocities in Syria. In marking the 80th anniversary of this event in such a poignant way, the festival demonstrates once again its commitment to Spanish and Basque history.

Full of cultural references, competitions and celebrations of art in all its forms, the Festival du Cinéma Espagnol de Nantes goes from strength to strength under the guidance of founder Pilar Martínez-Vasseur and co-organisers José Márquez and Josean Fernández. Listen to the interview with the latter below to find out more about the festival's links to the Basque film-making scene, the exciting exhibition of previous festival photographs taken by the official photographer Jorge Fuembena and the festival's commitment to promoting new artists.

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