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Cinema, reflections and debates this week in Medina del Campo and Segovia

Medina del Campo will play host to the 29th edition of the Film Week , until this Saturday. This festival brings together seven thematic cycles with over thirty feature films. This edition acknowledges the career of José Luis Cuerda, who will receive the Roel de Honor award and who will allow a few lucky team members to preview of one of the most well-received films of this year, ‘La novia’ (‘The girlfriend’), whose director, Paula Ortiz, was named ‘Best film director of the 21st century’ and whose protagonists, Inma Cuesta and Álex García, were named ‘Best actress and actor of the 21st century’.

One of the main aims of this festival is to show young people the values of short films. This year, the Banco Sabadell Foundation is collaborating with this festival once again, to continue encouraging young talent in areas such as culture.

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The Medina del Campo Film Week has been given an Official Section in the 24th Certamen Nacional (National Contest) in which not only new filmmakers take part, but also renowned directors who have returned to short films after having been successful in their feature film endeavours: Benito Zambrano (‘Solas’, or ‘Alone’) and Juan Vicente Córdoba (‘Aunque tú no lo sepas’, or ‘Even though you may not know this’) are up against ‘The beginning’ and ‘Cabezas habladoras’ (or ‘Talking heads’), respectively. Other directors who are well-versed in the making of short films will also take part in the contest: Kepa Sojo will present ‘Hileta’ and Pilar García Elegido returns with her documentary ‘Ventanas’ (or ‘Windows’), after winning the award in the 2000 edition for ‘Positivo’ (or ‘Positive’). Arantxa Echevarría is also well-known in Medina, she debuted in 2012 with ‘De noche y de pronto’ (‘At night and all at once’) and was also nominated for a Goya award. She has also released ‘El ultimo bus’ (‘The last bus’) this year.

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Another key event during this week is the VI meeting of ‘Mujeres que transforman el mundo’ (‘Women who transform the world’). Until Sunday, Segovia will become a focus for reflections, debates and the rejection of women’s reality in different parts of the world and in different situations. Since March 2011 a variety of well-known campaigners have come together every year, many of whom have won the Príncipe de Asturias de Cooperación award and the Nobel Peace Prize, as well as other influential artists, authors, philosophers, actresses, journalists and correspondents.