New Catalan cinema is still very much a part of the international filmmaking scene. Festival Cinespaña in Toulouse, from 29th September to 8th October, proves this with the screening of six recent films, among them Les amigues de l’Àgata or Estiu 1993. Other Catalan productions like Incerta Glòria or Afectados are also on the bill.
In recent years Barcelona has become an important centre of cinema d’auteur. With directors of different origins, generations and languages, a context has developed in which work is done in an atmosphere of collaboration.
This new current reached its high point in 2011 with the inauguration of Festival D’A by its director Carlos R. Ríos. After six editions, the D’A has become an essential event and the main gateway to the world for Catalan cinema d’auteur. Proof of this is the high profile it has given to the projects of a new generation of directors, like the films Les amigues de l’Àgata (Àgata’s Friends) and Júlia ist.
Festival Cinespaña, this year celebrating its 22nd edition from 29th September to 8th October, has given carte blanche to the Festival D’A, resulting in the screening of six films, some of which are being premiered in France. The showcase includes the award-winning Estiu 1993 (Summer 1993), La maldita primavera (Damned Spring), La película de nuestra vida (The Movie of Our Lives), Les amigues de l’Àgata (Àgata’s Friends), Oleg y las raras artes (Oleg and Strange Arts), and Sobre la marxa.
Outside the Catalan showcase eight Catalan productions are also billed. They are the short Alcaldessa (Mayoress), by Pau Faus; Abracadabra, by Pablo Berger; Afectados (Affected) by Sílvia Munt; Incerta Glòria (Uncertain Glory), by Agustí Villaronga; Dead Slow Ahead, by Mauro Herce; Vivir y otras ficciones (Living and other Fictions) by Jo Sol; Júlia ist, by Elena Martin, and La millor opció (The Best Option) by Òscar Pérez.
22nd edition of Festival Cinespaña in Toulouse
29th September to 8th October
Cour de la Cinémathèque, Toulouse
More information about the programme here.
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