"The Malaga Film Festival, the world’s leading showcase for Spanish pics, headed into the final straight Friday with aud reaction enthusiastic and two thumbs up given by crix to a host of pics.
The biggest buzz in the early running was generated by Manuel Gutierrez-Aragon’s “Todos estamos invitados,” Nacho Garcia Velilla's debut feature “Chef’s Special,” and Javier Gutierrez’s “The Fall,” another debut.
"The Fall," which screened in Berlin’s Panorama, is the first fruit of the production pact between Antonio Banderas’ Spanish shingle Green Moon and Antonio Perez’s Maestranza in Seville, which aims to nurture new Andalusian talent.
One of the most visually ambitious of Malaga competish films, the sci-fi thriller turns on a man who struggles for redemption as a meteorite hurtles toward earth. Local crix were upbeat.
"Well-shot, with a tremendously apocalyptic atmosphere," said newspaper El Pais. "A brilliant thriller," said another daily, La Razon.