III Edition of Getafe Negro – Madrid Crime Fiction Festival

FC_1075_getafenegro Today the III Edition of Getafe Negro, Madrid Crime Fiction Festival, was presented. The Festival will take place this year from October 18th to the 21st.

This is some of the information about Getafe that you can find in Wikipedia: Getafe is a city in the southern zone of the Madrid metropolitan area, Spain, and one of the most populated and industrialized cities in the municipality. The city is home to one of the oldest Spanish military air bases, as well as the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Also located within the city is the Cerro de los Ángeles, or Hill of the Angels, a site considered to be the geographical center of the Iberian Peninsula. The city is located 13 km south of Madrid’s city centre, within the metro area. It is situated within a flat area of Spain’s Meseta Central in the Manzanares River basin.

This year edition will be dedicated to crime fiction in Great Britain.

More information in Getafe Negro Website (in Spanish) here.

The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)

This week I will not post my usual Saturday Film Noir section. In stead I am bringing here The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte), an Oscar nominee this year for best short film (animated). For details you can click here. It did not win, but If you can spare 8:21 minutes of your time I do not think you will be disappointed. It was produced by Antonio Banderas.

2010 Hammett de Novela Negra Book Award

sn2010-01mini This year shortlist for the Hammett de Novela Negra Book Award to the best crime fiction novel published originally in Spanish (Castilian) during 2009 was published yesterday. The nominees are:

Guillermo Orsi (Argentina): Ciudad santa (Almuzara)

Carlos Salem (Argentina): Pero sigo siendo el rey (Salto de página)

Eduardo Monteverde (México): Carroña´s Hotel (Editorial B, México)

Mario Mendoza (Colombia): Buda Blues (Planeta Colombia)

Carlos Bardem (España): Alacrán enamorado (Plaza & Janés)

Cristina Fallarás (España): Así murió el poeta Guadalupe (Alianza)

This award is given by the International Association of Crime Fiction Writers (Asociación Internacional de Escritores Policíacos) and has no economic retribution. The winner will be announced during the Semana Negra 2010 Festival in Gijon. Here is the list of previous winners (from 1988 to 2008). In 2009 the Award was given jointly to Niños de tiza by David Torres (Spain) and 77 by Guillermo Saccommano (Argentina).

It is interesting to note that the Spanish terms novela negra, novela policíaca, novela policial and novela criminal are often used interchangeably meaning crime fiction in all cases. Also note that the Spanish term novela is not the equivalent for novella.

I’m ashamed for not having read any of this books. A possible explanation is the price of books in Spain. I would have to expend over 100,00 €, to buy them all. Average price 18,63 €, with a price range between 16,00 € and 21,95 €. Outrageous. I will see if I can find any in a local library and get a flavour of the current state of crime fiction in Spanish speaking countries.

Trivia: Carlos Bardem is the brother of Javier Bardem.

>Scandinavian Reading Challenge 2010 Update # 2


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As most of you know I’m participating in the 2010 Scandinavian Reading Challenge hosted by Amy at The Black Sheep Dances. My original book selection included the following titles:

The Fire Engine That Disappeared by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. Read

Sun Storm (aka The Savage Altar) by Asa Larsson. Read

Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indriðason. Readth_scandinaviamap-1

The Mind’s Eye by Håkan Nesser. Read.

Nemesis by Jo Nesbø. TBR.

Missing by Karin Alvtegen. TBR.

However as I’m planning to read the six books of the CWA International Dagger shortlist before the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival in July and I have just received today The Darkets Room by Johan Theorin, I will use this book in addition to Nemesis.

So far this year I have also read: Tainted Blood (aka Jar City) by Arnaldur Indriðason and Don’t Look Back by Karin Fossum. And waiting in my TBR pile besides Nemesis are: Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indriðason; The Redeemer and The Snowman by Jo Nesbo; The Pyramid and The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell; The Serbian Dane and The Woman from Bratislava by Leif Davidsen; The Indian Bride and The Water’s Edge by Karin Fossum; The Consorts of Death by Gunnar Staalesen.

You still have time to join this Challenge, click here.

Reykjavík-Rotterdam (2008) – 2nd Part

R RFurther to my previous post about Reykjavik-Rotterdam, Begoña and I went to see this film yesterday. Directed by Óskar Jónasson and starring Baltasar Kormákur, it is based on a screenplay written by Arnaldur Indriðason and Óskar Jónasson. It was selected to represent Iceland for the 82nd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, though it failed to receive an Oscar nomination.

Unfortunately there were only four people, besides us, watching the film. It was released in Spain on May 14, and it has lasted a fortnight only, we could have missed it. Quite a pity because I like it very much. It is well told, well shot and well resolved. A very entertaining action film, maybe not a great one but perfectly made. I had a great time.

Working Title Films is planning a U.S. remake starring Mark Wahlberg. The original director, Óskar Jónasson, will be replaced by Baltasar Kormákur, the original film’s lead actor and producer.

Baltasar Kormákur (Reykjavík, 1966) is a graduated from The Drama Academy of Iceland and is one of Iceland’s most popular and critically acclaimed actors of the younger generation. He has really made his name as a director and theatre entrepreneur. His father, Spanish born Baltasar Samper, is a well known artist in Iceland. His mother is Icelandic. He speaks Icelandic, English, Spanish and Danish.

My rating: 7/10.

Reykjavik-Rotterdam Official Website

Reykjavik Rotterdam official trailer

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