Julio is dead. It’s terrible news for Ovni-Levante, the association of ufology aficionados that he ran. The death hits one of its members, José Manuel, particularly hard. Julio and he had a secret project to change human destiny. Now he must carry on alone.
Chema García Ibarra (Elche, 1980) wrote and directed the short films El ataque de los robots de Nebulosa-5, Protopartículas, Misterio, La disco resplandece and Leyenda Dorada (the latter co-directed with Ion de Sosa), as well as the medium-length feature Uranes.
His films have been selected for festivals such as the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, Sundance (three times), Berlinale (twice), San Sebastian, Rotterdam, Ann Arbor and BAFICI (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema). His 200 plus prizes include two honourable mentions at Sundance, a special mention at San Sebastian, first prize in the Avant-Garde and Genre competition at BAFICI, the Méliès d’Or for best European fantastic short film, a nomination for the European Film Awards, the best short film prize at Alcine (the Alcalá de Henares film festival), two first prizes for best short film at Abycine (the Albacete film festival) and the best short film prize at Olhar de Cinema (Brazil).
El ataque de los robots de Nebulosa-5 was named third-best short film of the decade in the survey of Spanish filmmakers at the Alcine festival. All of his films have been included in the top Spanish short film list produced annually by Caimán Cuadernos de Cine magazine. Retrospectives of his work have been held at Transcinema (Lima, Peru), the Atlanta Film Festival, the Rizoma Festival (Madrid), the Brest Film Festival (France), Festifreak de La Plata (Argentina), La Sala de los Cineastas (Malaga, Spain) and at the Niemeyer Centre in Avilés in northern Spain.
Since 2015, he has taught the anti-filmmaking course as part of the documentary Cinema Diploma at ECAM (the Madrid Cinema and Audiovisual School), covering the fusion between fiction and reality, narrative limits and the radical use of staging, sound, music and editing.
Directed by: CHEMA GARCÍA IBARRA (2020)
Category: FICTION FEATURE FILM
Running Time: 90 min.
B/W- Color: COLOR
Producers: LEYRE APELLANIZ & MIGUEL MOLINA
Produced by: APELLANIZ Y DE SOSA & JAIBO FILMS
Executive Producers: ADÁN ALIAGA, LEYRE APELLANIZ. ION DE SOSA & MIGUEL MOLINA
Screenplay: CHEMA GARCÍA IBARRA
Cinematography: ION DE SOSA