8 films will contend for the Zoom Awards in the Official Section of the Festival

The film adaptation of the play El Nom, directed by Joel Joan, will open the event on the 21st of November at The Zoom Festival

The film in the Official Section that will inaugurate this year’s Zoom Festival is El Nom. Directed by Joel Joan, it is the screen adaptation of the French play Le Prénom, by Matthiews Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patillère. Vicenç, 40, is about to become a father for the first time. When he is invited for dinner at his sister’s home, he meets with Claudi, an old childhood friend. Vicenç will be bombarded with questions and banter about paternity. When he is asked whether he has chosen a name for the baby, his answer will shock everyone.

The rest of the Official Section is made up of films such as the Czech movie Charité by Sönke Wortmann, a TV movie set in 1888 that tells stories around the workers and patients of the Berlin hospital Charité. This institution holds as its patients people like Ida Lenze, a young maid with acute appendicitis that has to go through a new and dangerous procedure, and Prince Friedrich, who has to confront a potential laryngeal cancer.

The TV Film Vida Privada, by Sílvia Munt, is an adaptation of Vida Privada, a sordid and hard novel by Josep Maria de Sagarra. Surrounded by the profund social and political changes that took place in Barcelona between the end of Primo de Rivera’s dictatorship and the Second Republic, the eldest son of a bankrupt aristocratic family falls into a spiral of decadence. At the same time, his younger brother fights to return to the top at any price and without any scruples.

Els fills del Sol, by Ramon Costrafreda and Kiko Ruiz Claverol, is a TV film based on the life of the young scientist Ferran Calvet (Pablo Derqui), who at 30 travels to Galicia from Chile after his exile. Once in Santiago de Compostela, he retakes his old post of professor which he held during the Republic years. However, he is fired by the Francoist regime. As a victim of repression, he starts working at the company Laboratorios Zeltia, where he can apply all of his knowledge.

The Hungarian film Memo, by István Tasnádi, transports us to the life of Dr Lonyal, an ambitious psychiatrist, who is researching hypermnesia. He gets up close with this condition through his dad’s amnesia, and after discovering a patient with the same diagnosis he decides to discharge him so that he can study him. An unusual relationship between the two men will unfold, which will risk de doctor’s career, marriage and the patient himself.

Wunschkinder, the German film by Emily Atef, tells the story of Marie and Peter, who desperately want to have a baby. After many failed attempts to become parents by natural means, they decide to go for an adoption in Russia. Carried by their desire and after months of waiting, they are finally setting off to meet their future daughter Nina. Not expecting a tour de force through the labyrinth of Russian bureaucracy and justice System, nor the strain that this long process will have on their own relationship.

The Italian TV movie In arte Nino, by Luca Manfredi, is the story of Nino Manfredi, and the most significant period of his life; from the leaving of a sanatorium in 1943 up until 1958, when he became a popular household name in Italy after discovering his passion for acting against his father’s opposition.

Finally, De la ley a la ley, directed by Silvia Quer, is a biopic of Torcuato Fernandez Miranda, a lawyer and politician who was the private tutor of king Juan Carlos I and later acted as the so-called architect of the Spanish transition to democracy.

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