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Atlàntida Film Fest expands internationally with eight favourites from the last edition and 9 Catalan productions

Cinema.  EUROPE, 19/11/2020

Atlàntida Film Fest, the biggest online film festival in Europe, organised by Filmin, is expanding internationally and, on top of Portugal, will reach five more European countries this December (Serbia, Greece, Albania, Romania and Bulgaria). Following the exponential growth of its in-person edition in Mallorca and the online version on Filmin – with over 550,000 viewers last year – the ten-year-old festival is making the leap into new territories, thanks to its collaboration with the European Union’s MEDIA Creative Europe programme.

From 1 until 31 December, the international Atlàntida Film Fest will show some of the biggest successes from the Spanish edition, as well as a selection of national productions that have not previously been seen in these six countries. Atlàntida Film Fest will be available on the Cinesquare and Filmin Portugal platforms. Subscribers can head to the Official Section, which includes nine must-see titles from the last Atlàntida Film Fest, or to Catalan Focus, where nine of the year’s most successful Catalan productions will be available, thanks to a collaboration with the Institut Ramon Llull.

In the Official Section, you will find great films like the composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s posthumous début, Last and First Men, in which Tilda Swinton narrates a story about the extinction of humanity. The piece was presented at Berlin Festival and won the Critics’ Award at Atlàntida Film Fest. Another film on show that is well worth watching is the Danish corporate thriller The Exception, with Sidse Babett Knudsen (Borgen) at the helm of its star cast. Then there is the mysterious documentary Banksy Most Wanted, which examines various theories regarding the identity of the edgy, elusive urban artist. Other recent titles in this section include the winner of Best Film at Dublin Festival, Supernova; the thought-provoking portrait of radicalised young people on the Danish far right, Sons of Denmark; and the picture that caused a sensation at the German Film Awards, I was, I am, I will be. Finally, Tench, a provocative story about paedophilia, and Fat Front, the revolutionary documentary on body positivity, complete the high-quality Official Section line-up.

Catalan Focus

In partnership with the Institut Ramon Llull, Atlàntida Film Fest is exporting its Catalan Focus: a selection designed to promote Catalan talent beyond our borders. Nine films in total will be made available to an international audience. The offering will include The Days to Come, by Carlos Marqués-Marcet; the thriller Somebody’s Daughter, made by a collective of directors and starring Aina Clotet; and the brilliant début by Belén Funes, A Thief’s Daughter, which triumphed at the Goya and Gaudí Awards. Also available will be the moving story of the murder of Guillem Agulló, The Death of Guillem, which is also by Marqués-Marcet and was premièred and recognised at Málaga Festival, and Dark Eyes, by Marta Lallana and Ivet Castelo, which depicts a teenager’s awakening in Empty Spain. The selection is completed by three of the best Spanish short films of recent years: the Goya winners Watermelon Juice and The Last Virgin, and If Then Else, from Málaga Film Festival.



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