Catalonia will be the guest of honour at the next Guadalajara International Film Festival which will take place between the 9th and the 16th March 2018. This festival is the most important film event in Latin America. The quality and importance of the films that are screened throughout the week, the personalities that attend, the industry professionals who define projects and businesses there and the thousands of people that attend the event transform it into an essential film festival from a worldwide perspective.
The fact that Catalonia is the guest of honour gives great visibility to the Catalan film industry, as it will allow Catalonians to be present in all of the sections of the GIFF: from the showing of contemporary Catalan cinema to the various official sections, both competitive and not, forming part of judging panels and various productions of the industry sector. Catalan participation is promoted by the Generalitat of Catalonia through Catalan Films & TV and the Institut Ramon Llull.
The highlight amongst all of the Catalan involvement is the presentation of a sample of contemporary Catalan cinema consisting of around thirty productions (fiction, documentaries and short films). Alongside this, Catalan directors, actors and producers will be present in the various parts of the festival as well as among the judging panels. Carla Simon will be a judge for the award for the best Latin American fiction feature length film; Adolfo Blanco for the best Latin American short film, David Matamoros will be a judge for the Maguey Award, Ventura Durall, judge of the best Latin American documentary. Also, a student from the ESCAC will be invited to judge the Mezcal Award.
Furthermore, the festival shall pay homage to the trajectory of the director Ventura Pons, who shall receive the Mayahuel Award, and the trajectory of Isabel Coixet. Also the director Erika Lust will be recognised for her career through the Maguey Award.
The invitation handed to Catalonia also involves the presence of a Catalan stand in the industrial section and participation in the different programmes of this section: lectures at Talents Guadalajara, co-production meetings, participation in the “Principio del Film” etc.
Some of the highlights of the Catalan schedule include:
Basics of Catalan Cinema
Presentation of Catalan cinematic heritage by the Filmoteca de Catalunya in February both at the Cineteca Nacional de Mèxic as well as at the new Cineteca del FICG (Guadalajara). It consists of 5 themed programmes that encompass 23 films that cover the Catalan film experience from 1904 to 1986. This programme has the intention of showing the world the diversity and richness of Catalan cinema by means of a selection of exceptional films with showing of new copies which will be subtitled.
Focus and exhibition of 50 years of the Sitges Festival
The celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia will receive a special focus within the showing of contemporary cinema. Also on display will be ‘El cinema és fantàstic: 50è aniversari del Sitges-Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya’ (Cinema is wonderful: 50th Anniversaty of the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia).
The exhibition, commissioned by Diego López, programmer of the festival and in charge of the Brigadoon section, will allow fans of the genre and of the festival to revisit the posters from the competition of all these years, to identify some of its most illustrious guests, to watch some of the best films of these fifty years of the festival and to discover some unpublished pictures and anecdotes.
GIFF at the Cinemes Texas
Before the Catalan appearance in Guadalajara, from the 27th October to the 2nd November the Cinemes Texas of Barcelona will be the headquarters of this festival and they shall welcome the showing of some of the best films from the last edition.
El GIFF in Barcelona opens on Thursday evening with the showing of the film ‘En El Último Trago’ directed by Jack Zagha Kabable and presented by its scriptwriter, David Desola.
Friday 27th October: Sueño en otro idioma. Directed by Ernesto Contreras
Saturday 28th October: Santa y Andrés. Directed by Carlos Lechuga
Sunday 29th October: Bruma. Directed by Max Zunino
Monday 30th October: Mientras se espera. Directed by Paola Villanueva
Tuesday 31st October: En el ultimo trago. Directed by Jack Zagha Kabable
Wednesday 1st November: Resurrección. Directed by Eugenio Polgovsky
Thursday 2nd November: Vive por mí. Directed by Chema de la Peña
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