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Press release
Culture.  Regensburg,  14/04/2014

Catalonia, invited to the Regensburg CinEScultura Festival

Catalonia and Nicaragua will be the guests of honour at the 7th CinEScultura Festival, which is held annually in the German city of Regensburg and will take place from 25 April to 23 May. Launched in 2008 and organised by Regensburg University, the aim is to present Spanish and Latin American cinema and culture in order to broaden cultural and academic relations and to establish synergies. This year, coinciding with the celebration of the Tercentenary, the festival will be devoting a large part of its programme to Catalan cinema and culture, with 22 films as well as literary talks, concerts, exhibitions and plays. The Catalan programme has the support of the Institut Ramon Llull.


The festival will be inaugurated on 25 April with a screening of Mar Coll’s Tots volem el millor per a ella. The director will be attending. Then there will be the opening of Javier Mariscal’s exhibition about the film Chico y Rita and the institutional speeches by the mayor of Regensburg, the Nicaraguan ambassador, the cultural attaché of the Spanish embassy and the head of the IRL Creation Department, Damià Martínez. To close the event a concert will be given by the Nicaraguan group Xolotlán, followed by Kiko Veneno and DJ Tito.

Two days before the festival, to coincide with St George’s Day, there will be a reading of poems by Rubén Darío (1867-1916) and Gioconda Belli as representatives of Nicaragua, and by Salvador Espriu (1913-1985) as representative of Catalonia. Jordi Balada (Barcelona, 1980) and Anne-Sophie Donnaireix (Clermont-Ferrand, 1991) will read their poems in Catalan and French respectively. The musical accompaniment will be provided by the jazz duo Carina Schmitz (saxophone) and Jakob Rossmann (piano) and the classical trio Danette Brink (cello) Heike Nasritdinova (soprano) and Michael Braun (piano).

The Catalan films to be shown at the festival are:

Tres dies amb la família, by Mar Coll

Tots volem el millor per ella, by Mar Coll

Blancaneus, by Pablo Berger

Sant Andreu Jazz Band, by Ramon Tort

El gran Gato, by Ventura Pons

Biutiful by Alejandro González Iñárritu,

20 años no es nada, by Joaquim Jordà

Salvador by Manuel Huerga

El payaso y el Führer by Eduard Cortés

Puzzled Love by Pau Balagué, Miriam Cañamares, Josecho de Linares and Gemma Ferraté, among others

La Plaga by Neus Ballús

Chico y Rita by Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal

Barcelona, abans que el temps ho esborri by Mireia Ros

Fènix 11*23 by Joel Joan and Sergi Lara

La noche que no acaba by Isaki Lacuesta

El gran Vázquez by Oscar Aibar

Bajarí by Eva Vila

Pa Negre by Agustí Villaronga

Ayer no termina nunca, by Isabel Coixet

Eva by Kike Maillo

El triunfo by Mireia Ros

Catalonia über alles by Ramon Tremens

During the festival the directors Mireia Ros and Gemma Ferraté will be taking part in the presentation of their films.

Apart from the strictly cinematic programme, the festival has also scheduled a number of activities around Catalan culture, notably the concerts by Kiko Veneno at the inauguration and by Sílvia Pérez Cruz (30 April); the readings by Maria Barbal and Javier Cercas in Munich and Regensburg; a colloquium on the occasion of the Tercentenary with the lecturers Agustí Alcoberro, Antoni Martí and Manuel Delgado; exhibitions by Mariscal, Manolo Sierra, Miquel Gallardo and Aleix Saló; the presentation by the Let’s Play company and a food and wine tasting.

You can consult the programme here

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The Institut Ramon Llull is a consortium that comprises the Generalitat (Government of Catalonia), Balearic Islands Government and the Barcelona City Council, and its mission is the promotion of Catalan language and culture abroad.
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The IRL forms part of the Fundació Ramon Llull, which was established by the Government of Andorra, the Ramon Llull Institute, General Council of the Eastern Pyrenees, the city of Alghero, Balearic Islands Towns and Entities Network and the group of Valencian Cities, and has its central offices in Andorra.
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