Institut Ramon Llull

Newsletter # 110


Cinema.  SCOTLAND,  17/11/2020

Catalan Film Festival returns to scotland bigger and more accessible

Catalan Film Festival returns to Scotland with a hybrid edition 19 November - 6 December 2020. The festival responds to a challenging year with an expanded format that will bring Mediterranean vibes to Scotland’s local cinemas and households - as the festival adapts to the new reality by offering its entire programme of films, talks and events online.

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paperllull.  Barcelona,  15/11/2020

Catalan language influencers

In the crucial decades in which the internet has replaced television and books as the main educator and entertainer in all ‘normal’ languages and cultures, there were no influencers communicating in Catalan. What is the current status of the Catalan language on the internet? Joan Burdeus explains.

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Language.  New York,  10/11/2020

Prof. Miguel Ángel Pradilla Cardona to teach a course in Catalan sociolinguistics at The Graduate Center - CUNY

Prof. Miquel Àngel Pradilla of the Unviersity Rovira i Virgili was invited by The Mercè Rodoreda Chair for Catalan Language and Literature at The Graduate Center - CUNY to teach a course in Catalan sociolinguistics this Fall 2020 Semester. The Rodoreda Chair, created in 2003 and funded by Institut Ramon Llull, each semester offers a course in Catalan literature and culture, or a course in Catalan sociolinguistics, alternatively. 

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paperllull.  BARCELONA,  08/11/2020

Women are no longer the exception among Catalan film directors

For the first time ever in Catalan cinema, ‘the chasm between the large proportion of female students on audiovisual studies courses and the lack of women in the industry is finally beginning to close’, explains film critic Eulàlia Iglesias. Names like Carla Simón – winner of the Catalan National Culture Prize – Elena Martín, Lucía Alemany, Neus Ballús and Belén Funes, among others, are proof of this.

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Arts.  03/11/2020

Institut Ramon Llull and Cases de la Música create an online cycle of commented records

All auditions, which will be held fortnightly, can be followed online through the Cases de la Música website.

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Cinema.  UMass Amherst, Virtual,  02/11/2020

13th Massachusetts Catalan Film Festival 2020 at UMass Amherst: The Pandemic Edition

Since 2008, Catalan Studies and Spanish and Portuguese Program at UMass Amherst with the support from Institut Ramon Llull have organized a yearly film festival dedicated to the recent Catalan cinema production. In the year of the COVID pandemic, the 13th Massachusetts Catalan Film Festival, UMass Amherst will take place virtually. Four films will be made available for students to stream from home: Júlia Ist directed by Elena Martín, La vida lliure directed by Marc Recha and featuring actor Sergi López, Estiu 1993 directed by Carla Simón, and Con el viento by Meritxell Colell. Students will have an opportunity to join the post-screening talks with directors and artist.


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paperllull.  Berlin,  01/11/2020

El Palomar: ‘Our revolutions are necessary on a larger scale’

Agustín Pérez Rubio (Valencia, 1972), co-curator of the 11th Berlin Biennale, interviews Mariokissme (Málaga, 1980) and R. Marcos Mota (Tarragona, 1988), creators of the installation Schreber is a Woman (2020), on display from 29 October until 1 November at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. They are El Palomar: an artistic collective founded in Barcelona in 2012 as a place for production, research, dialogue and political visibility. Their work process has been hybrid and delocalised since their legendary space in the El Poble-sec neighbourhood closed.

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paperllull.  BARCELONA,  25/10/2020

Jesús Moncada, memory and buried literature

Jesús Moncada is one of our most translated contemporary authors, with novels, short stories and articles rendered into some twenty languages since the nineties. His death at the age of 64 left his oeuvre in Catalan somewhat incomplete – with a final unpublished novel – and made it difficult to promote overseas. His publisher, Pilar Beltran, from Edicions 62, says they will have to keep their noses to the grindstone and, above all, ‘gather all the resources possible’ to give Moncada’s work the dimension it needs beyond Catalan-speaking territories.

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paperllull.  SITGES,  18/10/2020

David Victori: ‘I like films that sweep you away, that are like a tsunami.’

In 2012, he won Your Film Fest, a competition organised by YouTube and supported by Ridley Scott. Not long after, he was working on an online series produced by Scott himself and the actor Michael Fassbender. Now, David Victori has consolidated his status as a filmmaker with Cross the Line (No matarás), his second feature film, which submerges the viewer in a Barcelona full of neon lights and unexpected twists and is being presented at the 53th edition of the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia.

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