Special Session


Gonzalo García Pelayo | Spain | 2021 | 70 min.
O.V. in Spanish
Dejen de prohibir

Following the trend of Nueve Sevillas, this film explores the city' s creative and free spots, building a portrait of the "new underground" that germinates in the surroundings around the Plaza del Pelícano with the figure of Pepe Ortega as the axis, and with figures such as El Canijo de Jerez, Califato ¾, José Guapachá, Sebastián Orellana, Myriam Béjar, La Chocolata, Dulce Mandi, Perpetuo Fernández and Marta Santamaría, among others.


A groundbreaking filmmaker (to whom the Festival dedicated a retrospective in 2012), music producer and promoter of Andalusian rock, professional roulette player, radio broadcaster and bitcoin gambler, Gonzalo García Pelayo, who seems to have already done everything in life, has yet another masterstroke in store for us. And here it is: he has set out to direct 7 films in the course of a year, a radical and free cinematic tour (accompanied by LZ productions) a set of films where the script is being built as it goes by, in a tireless and euphoric search for new languages and narratives with which, additionally, he will travel around part of the world. The first two films will have their world premieres at the Festival, where the project will also be presented..

Gonzalo García Pelayo

Prominent music producer considered one of the pioneers of Andalusian rock, a nightclub entrepreneur, inventor of a legal method for winning at the roulette tables in casinos (as shown in the film The Pelayos) and bullfighter manager, in addition to being a film director. Gonzalo García Pelayo (born in Madrid in 1947, but Andalusian in spirit) has made a dozen feature films since his debut, Manuela (1976). After Vivir en Sevilla (1978), Corridas de alegría (1982) and Rocío y José (1983), he spent almost 30 years away from cinema, and returned, as he explains, influenced by the recognition that first the Seville Festival and then some film archives gave to his first films. This came with Alegrías de Cádiz (2013), followed by Copla (2015), Todo es de colour (2016) and Nueve Sevillas (2020), co-signed with Pedro