THE PROGRAM WILL FEATURE ACTIVITIES, SCREENINGS, AND PROMINENT GUESTS FROM FRENCH CULTURE.
HISTORICALLY, THIS TERRITORY HAS THE SECOND-HIGHEST REPRESENTATION IN THE SHORT FILM COMPETITION, AFTER SPAIN.
The 52nd International Film Festival of Huesca will have France as the “honored country.” The birthplace of cinema will be one of the programmatic focal points of this edition, featuring guests, screenings, and parallel activities linked to the cinematography of this country. This announcement follows months of internal work that have already yielded results with the unveiling of the official image created by the renowned artist from Toulouse, Benoit Bonnafrite. Additionally, the festival foundation has projected this spirit onto the other event it organizes, the Pyrenees Mountain Film Festival, which has just announced its internationalization with the French city of Tarbes as the new official headquarters.
The event held in Huesca is currently in the process of receiving short films (until February 8) in which, it is worth mentioning that France has traditionally had a prominent presence, being the second most represented territory after Spain. Last year, 178 works were submitted from the other side of the Pyrenees, with seven ultimately entering the official section. One of them, Breakpoint (Le point de reprise) by Nicolas Panay, received the International Danzante Award, qualifying for the Hollywood Oscars.
Historically, some of the most memorable moments of the festival have been led by prominent figures in French cinema. Important names such as Michel Piccoli, Patrice Leconte, André Techiné, Bertrand Tavernier, Laurent Cantet, and Jean Claude Carrière have received the Luis Buñuel Award. Numerous jury members, film cycles, exhibitions, retrospectives, and books dedicated to this country further contribute to this legacy. The chosen year, 2024, holds additional significance as Huesca celebrates the 60th anniversary of its twinning with Tarbes.
The details of the announcement will be progressively revealed in the months leading up to the festival, which will take place in the capital of Huesca from June 7 to 15. “The honored country designation allows us to build bridges and create bonds that extend beyond the current edition, as we experienced last year with Argentina,” states Estela Rasal, director of one of the six festivals in Spain that serve as a preselection for the Oscars.