The Los Trabajos y Las Noches film festival kicks off this Saturday with the short film Alegrías Riojanas


The short film Alegrías Riojanas by Velasco Broca opens this Saturday in Logroño the third edition of The works and the nights, Film festival and artistic processeswhich is held in the capital of La Rioja from September 10 to 17 with a program of screenings, workshops and meetings with filmmakers.

It’s a very special pass for this project because Alegrías Riojanas was filmed in La Rioja and almost the entire film crew is from here. The screening, which is part of a special session where his previous short film “Nuestra amiga la luna” (2016) will also be screened, will take place on Saturday 10 at 7:30 p.m. at 7 Infantes Cinemas in Logroño.

The third edition of the film festival ‘Los trabajos y las noches’ will take place in Logroño from December 10 to 17, will screen new films, dialogue with high-level filmmakers and lead workshops for the general public. A new appointment with the seventh art presented this morning by its managers, Patricia Andrés and Fernando Vílchez, accompanied by the director based in Logroño, Velasco Broca, two of whose works will be exhibited, “Our friend the moon” and the short film awarded ‘Alegrías riojanas’. The two films will be the ones that will open the festival, which will have a jury prize, endowed with 1,000 euros, and another for young audiences for which there will be a trophy.

During this week, filmmakers from different regions of Spain will visit Logroño to present their films, give lectures on their creative processes and discuss with the public: Javier H. Estrada, Velasco Broca, Celia Viada Caso, Julián Génisson, Lorena Iglesias, María Elorza, María Antón Cabot, Carlos Pardo, Fernando Franco, Elena Duque, Pablo García Canga, Andrea Bagney, Choche Hurtado, Sabina Urraca.

As explained in the presentation, “We screen unreleased Spanish films in the Community of La Rioja. We focus on Spanish cinematography. Our goal is to present a high-level heterodoxy where every night the viewers of Logroño can find a different, contemporary and quality work, whether it is fiction, documentary, short, animation or experimental cinema. This way, the public can understand how expansive cinema is as an artistic manifestation and the great moment it is going through”.

Programming of jobs and nights

The main section of the Festival, related to screenings, includes the Official and Territories sections; Special sessions; and Focos by Elena Duque and Choche Duque.

In the official section, ‘Alegrías riojanas’ (Velasco Broca, 2022) -opening session-, ‘Inmotep’ (Julián Génisson, 2022), ‘I sing to books and women’ (Maria Elorza, 2022), “Architecture emotional 1959” (León Siminiani, 2022), ‘Sóc vertical però m’agradaria ser horizontal’ (María Antón Cabot, 2022), ‘The Rite of Spring’ (Fernando Franco, 2022), ‘On the empty track’ (Pablo García Canga, 2022), ‘Ramona’ (Andrea Bagney, 2022).

The Territories section will host the films ‘A miracle’ (Patrick van Boeckel, 2022) and ‘La calle del agua’ (Celia Viada Caso, 2020). In addition, two special sessions have been scheduled: “Our friend the moon” (Velasco Broca, 2016) and “Once we were wild” (Carmen Bellas, 2017).

FOCO by Elena Duque will screen the short films ‘How to make a fanzine’ (2010), ‘Coleccionismo’ (2013), ‘Ñam’ (2014), ‘La mar salada’ (2014), ‘Mint and cinnamon’ (2016 ) , ‘Pla y Cancela’ (2017), ‘Valdediós’ (2019), ‘Private collection’, (2020). The Choche Hurtado FOCO will offer the plays ‘Kokuruga #01’, ‘Kokuruga #02’, ‘Kokuruga #03’ (2022).

The program is completed by the seminar “Works and nights” (meetings with filmmakers from the Official Selection); the film course “Bold spirits, new maps of contemporary cinema” with Javier H. Estrada; the animation workshop ‘Cinétract Animados’ by Elena Duque; the support program for audiovisual projects in development “The Draft”; and a publication that brings together the presentations and images generated throughout this third edition. The closing will take place on December 17 with a dialogue by filmmakers Elena Duque and Choche Hurtado with writer Sabina Urraca.

The activities of this third edition will take place at Cines 7 Infantes, Ateneo Riojano, La Rioja Almudena Grande Library, Rafael Azcona Library, Madre de Dios Civic Center, Semilla Negra and Hotel Los Bracos.

The price of tickets for Cines 7 Infantes (Official Section and Vedettes) costs 3.5 euros. The courses given by Estrada and Duque cost, in both cases, 20 euros. All other screenings and activities are free.

Registration for both courses can be done by email [email protected], or by phone 699 587 218 (call or Whatsapp message).

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