Spring consecrationthe director’s third feature film Fernando Francowill compete for the Golden Shell in the 70 San Sebastian International Film Festivalto be held between September 16 and 24 of 2022.
Con Spring consecration It will be the third time that the Sevillian filmmaker has participated in the Official Section of Zinemaldia in San Sebastián, after his first feature film in 2013, The woundwill win the Special Jury Prize and the Silver Shell for Best Actress for Marian Alvarez; and that in 2017 he presented his second film, Die.
The teaser-poster of the film is now available, the work of Begoña Arostegui, co-writer of the film. Begoña is director and screenwriter of the short film YOproduced by Ferdydurke Films, premiered at Annecy in 2021 and winner, among others, of the Alcalá de Henares Alcine Festival or the Malaga Film Festival.
Shot between February and March 2022 in Granada and Madrid, Spring consecration is starred by Valeria Sorolla in his first job in a feature film; Telmo Irureta (steal you one night2018; Nomophobic2017); y Emma Suarez (Goya Awards for Best Leading Actress for The dog in the gardener1996, y juliet, 2016; Goya for Best Supporting Actress for the next skin, 2016; Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts, 2020).
Spring consecration introduces us to Laura (Valeria Sorolla), who has just arrived in Madrid to settle in a Residence Hall and study Chemistry. Alone and penniless, he tries to adjust to his college life while dealing with his insecurities.
One night, by chance, she meets David (Telmo Irureta), a boy with cerebral palsy who lives with his mother, Isabel (Emma Suarez). Laura initiates a relationship of mutual trust with them that helps her to overcome her complexes and face a new stage towards maturity.
The Rite of Spring is a story about that vital moment in which everything is possible and how the most unexpected encounter can change our lives.
Spring consecration is a production of LAZONA (Jaime Ortiz de Artinano, Gonzalo Salazar-Simpson), Kowalski Films (Koldo Zuazua), Ferdydurke Films and Blizzard Films. Guadalupe Balaguer Trelles and Merche Herranz Llorente are the executive producers. It has the participation of RTVE, Canal Sur, EiTB, Movistar Plus+ and Cosmopolitan; the collaboration of the Community of Madrid; the support of the Andalusian Agency for Cultural Institutions; and ICAA funding. It will be distributed in Spain by La Aventura and international sales are handled by Film Factory. Its theatrical release is scheduled for fall 2022.
The director of the film admits that “since The wound My taste for a cinema based on the psychological portrait of characters who go through emotional situations of vital crossroads is clear. Laura comes from a conservative background that has nothing to do with what she finds in David’s house, a kind of oasis of tolerance that she is not used to at all. Her transition to her maturity will consist, fundamentally, in rethinking the notions that she had instilled in her and realizing that everything is much more ambiguous than certain Manichaean moral categorizations. She is a character that inevitably connects with that situation that we all, in one way or another, have gone through: emancipation, abandoning the nest and consolidating our own personality”.
About the director Fernando Franco
Degree in Audiovisual Communication from the University of Seville and a degree in the specialty of Editing from the School of Cinematography and Audiovisual of the Community of Madrid (Ecam), Fernando Franco (Seville, 1976) has edited some thirty feature films, having been Goya nominated in that category four times: Snow White (Paul Berger, 2012), God forgive us (Rodrigo Sorogoyen, 2016), Journey to a mother’s room (2018) ) y Black Beach (Esteban Crespo, 2021).
In parallel, he has developed his own projects. In 2013 his first feature film was released, The woundwhich rises with the Special Jury Prize and the Silver Shell for Best Actress (Marian Alvarez) in the San Sebastian International Film Festival. The film has had a long career at festivals and, among other awards, has won andl Goya for Best New Director and Best Actress, as well as the nomination for the best debut film at the awards of the European Film Academy. In 2017 he presents his second film, Dieco-written with Coral Cruz and inspired by the homonymous novel by Arthur Schnitzler. His work on this film earned him Andrés Gertrudix the award nomination Goya for Best Leading Actor.
In the teaching field, he has been the coordinator, since 2008, of the Mounting specialty at the Ecam and regularly teaches classes at centers such as Escac, San Antonio de los Banos (Cuba), Pompeu Fabra University, UAB Barcelona, Carlos III, Veritas Costa Rica waves universities of Seville and Cadiz.