2014: 11th edition

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27/08/2014 h 11:30Perla
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by lex de la Iglesia
Closing Film - Out of Competition
Spain, 2014, 93', color, DCP
screenplay Jorge Valdano
cinematography Kiko de la Rica
editing Domingo González
music Joan Valent
sound Carlos Schmukler
art direction Antxon Gómez
cast Valentín Rodríguez (Messi 1)
Juan Ignacio Martínez (Messi 2)
Álex Burgués (Messi 3)
Marc Balaguer (Messi 4)
Juan Pablo Garaventa (Messi's father)
Cecilia Miserere (Messi's mother)
César Rubio (coach)
Julia Azar (grandmother)
with Johan Cruyff
Jorge Valdano
César Luis Menotti
Andrés Iniesta
Gerard Piqué
producer Jaume Roures
executive producer Javier Méndez
production MEDIAPRO
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His teachers, coaches, childhood friends and Barça teammates, together with journalists, writers and prominent figures from the history of football, come together in a restaurant to analyze and pick apart Messi's personality both on and off the field, and to look back at some of the most significant moments in his life. Viewed from Álex de la Iglesia's unique perspective, Messi recreates the player's childhood and teenage years, from his very first steps, with a football always at his feet, through to the decision to leave Rosario for Barcelona, the separation from his family, and the role played in his career by individuals such as Ronaldinho, Rijkaard, Rexach and Guardiola.
"The question we ask ourselves is how could this small, weak boy, born in the poorest area of Rosario, manage to become the internationally renowned football player he is today? What gave him the strength to succeed?" [Álex de la Iglesia]

With this hybrid doc feature, cult director Álex de la Iglesia creates a reconstruction of Lionel Messi's journey from his first goal at the youth club Grandoli in Argentina, where his grandmother took him, not even six years old, to his international stardom today at FC Barcelona. De la Iglesia uses reconstructions, archival footage and interviews with Messi's old friends, school teachers, real masters of the game and famous football players like Johan Cruijff, Andrés Iniesta and Diego Armando Maradona to give us an idea of the real person behind the football player, along with inside knowledge about his techniques. The film tells the story of a family that has to choose between the success of their son and the needs of the family and how this tiny little boy became a legend. [Claudia Landsberger]
ÁLEX DE LA IGLESIA (1965, Bilbao) made his debut in the film industry as an art director on the short film Mamá (1988), directed by Pablo Berger, and some time later on Enrique Urbizu's feature film Todo por la pasta (1991). His first feature-length film,Acción mutante (1993) won two awards at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal and three Goya awards. His next feature film, The Day of the Beast (1995) would earn him six Goya awards, including Best Director. In 2010 he released The Last Circus, honored with the award for Best Screenplay and the Silver Lion for Best Director at the Venice Film Festival. In 2013 he racked up eight Goyas for the comedy Witching and Bitching. This year, alongside Messi and The Confession, a short featured in the Words with Godsseries at the Venice Film Festival, he has turned out the thriller Musaraas, co-directed by Esteban Roel and Juan Fernando Andrés. He has recently published his latest novel,Recuérdame que te odie.

2014 Words with Gods (segment The Confession) 
2014 Messi (doc)
2013 Las brujas de Zugarramurdi
2011 La chispa de la vida
2010 Balada triste de trompeta
2009 La tragedia de Francisco Franco (tv, short) 
2008-2009 Plutón B.R.B. Nero (tv series)
2008 The Oxford Murders
2006 Películas para no dormir: La habitación del nio (tv movie)
2006 El código (short)
2006 Hitler está vivo (short)
2004 Crimen ferpecto
2002 800 balas
2000 La comunidad
1999 Muertos de risa
1997 Perdita Durango
1995 El día de la bestia
1993 Acción mutante
1991 Mirindas asesinas (short)


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