Catalonia will be the guest of honour at the forthcoming Guadalajara International Film Festival in Mexico, which will be held from 9 to 16 March this year. The festival is the leading cinema event on the calendar in Latin America. The quality and importance of the films that will be shown during the week, the stars who will be attending, the industry professionals who handle projects and business deals there and the thousands of spectators who attend make it an indispensable event in international cinema.
The fact that Catalonia is guest of honour provides an excellent showcase for its film industry. The festival will open with Tierra Firme (Anchor and Hope), by Carlos Marqués-Marcet. Being guest of honour will also enable the Catalan participants to attend every section: from the selection of contemporary Catalan cinema to the different official ones in and out of competition, by way of membership of juries and the different programmes of the industry section. The Catalan participation is promoted by the Catalan government through Catalan Films & TV (Catalan Institute of Cultural Companies) and the Institut Ramon Llull.
The contemporary cinema selection is especially given over to the new generation of producers and directors who have emerged in recent years (the Catalan New Wave), who are bringing a new way of looking and working. Their films, which range from fiction to documentary and from full-length features to shorts, have an international concept but also a particular universe with a local flavour and a cinematic language of its own. Films such as Tierra Firme (Anchor and Hope), Estiu 1993 (Worldwide), Júlia ist and directors like Jo Sol, Jaume Balagueró or Albert Serra are part of this new generation of talents and gazes that is renewing the Catalan cinema scene.
7 Catalan titles in competition
First of all, we should highlight the inclusion of 7 Catalan productions in different sections of the official competition.
Inauguration and Maguey Prize (competition)
Tierra Firme (Anchor and Hope), by Carlos Marqués Marcet
Ibero-American fiction feature category:
Viure i altres ficcions (Living and other fictions), by Jo Sol
Ibero-American documentary feature category:
Casa de ningú (Nobody’s house), by Ingrid Guardiola
Desde que bailas (Since you’ve been dancing), by Beatriz Osorno and Álvaro Torrelli
Short film category
Les bones nenes (The good girls), by Clara Roquet
Caronte (Charon), by Luis Tinoco
L’escarabat al final del carrer (The scarab at the end of the street), by Joan Vives
Another of the main items on the Catalan programme in Mexico is a selection of contemporary Catalan cinema with over thirty productions (fiction, documentary and shorts).
Catalan film selection. Fiction
Abracadabra, by Pablo Berger
Amb el vent (With the wind), by Meritxell Colell
Brava, by Roser Aguilar
Estiu 1993 (Summer 1993), by Carla Simón
Júlia ist, by Elena Martín
L’any de la plaga (The plague year), by Carlos M. Ferrera
La llibreria (The bookshop), by Isabel Coixet
La mort de Lluís XIV (The death of Louis XIV), by Albert Serra
La vida lliure (Free life), by Marc Recha
Miss Dalí, by Ventura Pons
Tadeu Jones 2. El secret of the Rei Mides (King Midas’ secret), by Enrique Gato and David Alonso
Catalan film selection. Documentaries
Alcaldessa (Mayoress), by Pau Faus
Al otro lado del muro (On the other side of the wall), by Pau Ortiz
Dream songs, by Agustí Vila
La Chana, by Lucija Stojevic
Lo que dirán (What they will say), by Nila Núñez
Catalan film selection – Selection by Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia
Black Hollow Cage, by Sadrac González-Perellón
Herederos de la bestia (Heirs of the beast), by David Pizarro and Diego López
Matar a Dios (Killing God), by Caye Casas and Albert Pintó
Tras el cristal (Behind the glass), by Agustí Villaronga
Catalan film selection / Precedents of the Catalan-Mexican coproduction
Aro Tolbukhin. En la mente del asesino (Aro Tolbukhin in the mind of the assassin), by Agustí Villaronga, Lydia Zimmerman and Isaac P. Racine
El orfanato (The orphanage), by J. A. Bayona
Sound of cinema. Curated by In-Edit
Les mans d’Alícia (Alicia’s hands), by Verónica Font and Yolanda Olmos
L’home orquestra. L’aventura dels músics catalans a Amèrica (The orchestra man. The adventure of Catalan musicians in America), by Àlex Gómez-Font and Carles Riobó
Maguey Prize (out of competition)
En/Femme, by Alba Barbé i Serra
Grimsey, by Richard García and Raúl Portero
Constructing Albert, by Laura Collado and Jim Loomis
RIP, by Caye Casas and Albert Pintó
Els desheretats (The disinherited), by Laura Ferrés
Compatible, by Pau Bacardit
Nobody is perfect, by Beatriz Pérez
Paraula de pass: Fajara (Password: Fajara), by Séverine Sajous and Patricia Sánchez Mora
Rocco, by Gerard Nogueira
Santa Ana, by César Pesquera
La ciutat interior (The inner city), by Iso Luengo, Jorge Moneo Quintana and Andrea Ballesteros i Beato
Catalan directors, actors and producers will also be attending the different sections of the festival and be on the juries. Already confirmed as members are Carla Simón in the Ibero-American fiction feature category; David Matamoros, who will be on the jury for the Maguey Prize; and Ventura Durall for the Ibero-American documentary feature. The Catalan directors Elena Martín, Carlos Marqués-Marcet, Jaume Balagueró, Jo Sol and Pau Faus will be there. Another guest will be Adrià Guxens, a student at the Catalan Film School, a member of the jury for the Mezcal Prize.
There will also be a tribute to the career of the director Ventura Pons, who will receive the Mayahuel Prize, and the director Erika Lust, whose career will be recognised as part of the Maguey Prize.
The invitation to Catalonia includes a stand in the industry section and participation in its different programmes: master classes in Talents Guadalajara, coproduction meetings, participation in the “Beginning of Film, etc... Five Catalan projects have been selected for the coproduction market:
Projects selected for the 14th Coproduction Meeting
Coraje (Courage), by Rubén Rojo
Matadero (Slaughterhouse), by Santiago Fillol
Las niñas (The girls), by Pilar Palomero
Parchís, el documental (Ludo, the documentary), by Daniel Arasanz
ROBIN BANK (o manual para expropiar bancos), by Anna Giralt Gris
Alongside the festival the following seasons and exhibitions are being organised:
Basics of Catalan Cinema
Presentation of Catalan heritage cinema by the Filmoteca de Catalonia in February at the Mexican Cineteca Nacional (Mexico City) from 13 to 25 February and the FICG new Cineteca (Guadalajara) from 16 to 20 February.
The director of the Filmoteca, Esteve Riambau, will travel to Mexico to present this historical panorama of Catalan cinema which, at different sessions, will bring together a total of 23 titles from the ones stored at the Conservation and Restoration Centre. The selection includes works by Segundo de Chomón, the documentary makers of Deya Films, Llobet Gràcia, Rovira Beleta, Josep Maria Forn, Francesc Betriu, Ventura Pons, Antoni Padrós, Jacinto Esteva, Joaquim Jordà or Bigas Luna. Fiction, documentaries, experimental films, popular successes or international challenges make up the kaleidoscopic gaze that has always been a feature of Catalan cinema. They are films made between 1904 and 1986, such as Vida en sombras (Life in the shadows), Apartado de correos 1001 (PO box 1001), Los Tarantos, Dante no es únicamente severo (Dante is not just severe), Ocaña, retrat intermitent (Ocaña, an intermittent portrait), La plaça del Diamant or Angoixa (Anguish). For a broader view two more recent films have been added Pa negre (Black bread), by Agustí Villaronga (2010) and Bicicleta, cullera, poma (Bicycle, spoon, apple), by Carles Bosch (2010).
The aim of the season is to show to the world the variety and wealth of Catalan cinema from a selection of outstanding films with showings of new subtitled copies.
Focus and exhibition of the 50 years of the Sitges Festival
A Range of Performing Arts
From 9 March
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival the FICG will include a special focus within the contemporary cinema show, as well as the exhibition El cinema és fantastic (The cinema is fantastic!).
The exhibition, curated by Diego López, the programmer of the festival and director of the Brigadoon section, will be a chance for lovers of the genre and fans of the festival to take another look at the posters for all those years, spot some of the most illustrious guests, review some of the outstanding films of those 50 years of programming and discover some new images and anecdotes.
Exhibition Toni Catany. Cuando ir era volver (Toni Catany. When going was coming back) by Toni Catany
MUSA- Museo de las Artes Universidad de Guadalajara
From 9 March to 20 May
The exhibition is conceived as a new look, from a different approach to the corpus of the work of Toni Catany, in order to have an overall view of his work.
The project is curated by Alain D’Hooghe and Antoni Grau, vice-president and director of the Toni Catany Foundation respectively; they are both close associates and personal friends of the photographer. Although the show has a strong retrospective character it sets out to reveal a quite different Catany from the one everyone knows and their usual memory of his work. Often labelled classical, traditional, neo-pictorialist or even nostalgic, Catany’s work may have more or less to do with such epithets, but it would be simplistic to limit it to those four. It is also a bold work, linked to its time, full of surprises; a modern work. “When going was coming back” provides a review of Catany’s work to better understand his broad universe.
The exhibition will be presented on 8 March with a press conference and an inaugural lecture given by the co-curator Antoni Garau. The next day the writer Biel Mesquida will give another talk on the famous Mallorcan photographer. Among the parallel activities there will be a showing of the documentary Toni Catany, el tiempo y las cosas (Toni Catany, time and things) by Cesc Mulet on 11 March and 18 April.
Seven Catalan films will be competing in the official sections
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