The 21st edition of the Barcelona International Women’s Film Festival will continue throughout the year, offering a variety of programmes and venues, new special-theme spaces, creative workshops and a web space with an archive on all the previous editions as well as a digital magazine with articles that will be continually updated during the year.
The programme, which is organised in conjunction with the Societat General d’Autors i Editors (Authors’ Foundation), takes place from 4 to 18 April. It consists of two parts: “The History Cinema Reveals” and “Up-and-coming Film-Makers“. These events are free.
The first offers four films that show how women film-makers in Spain are involved in every aspect of our contemporary history’s social, political and economic reality.
In short, it is a space designed to introduce and assess films made by women. It invites various kinds of public to discover new perspectives in women’s cinema. Perspectives that are enriching and transforming cultural practices and audiovisual creation as a whole.
It has already established itself as a must for many in Barcelona. We are talking about the outdoor cinema being held at the Illa shopping centre, which will be screening films out in the open every Thursday from 1 July and on the first Thursday in August.
This year’s cycle is dedicated to comedy: stories of losers, illuminated and clumsy they become protagonists of the wildest stories.
As in previous years, the films will be screened in their original language, with Spanish subtitles. Each screening will offer a short comedy before the main feature, as well as an option to dine at the site and rent a deckchair.
- Thursday, July 12: ‘Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis‘
- Thursday, July 19: ‘Airbag‘
- Thursday, July 26: ‘Airplane‘
- Thursday, August 2: ‘Death at a Funeral‘
Centre Comercial L’Illa Diagonal -> Av Diagonal, 557 | Les Corts
Time table: 22hrs | In the gardens of St John of God
General admission: 2€ + Deckchair: 2€
The Barcelona International Women’s Film Festival takes place from 7 to 17 June, offering some of the finest contemporary and classic women’s works.
A total of 22 women directors from several generations, including Judith Colell, Lydia Zimmermann and Rosa Vergès, have given their own special take on the poet Maria Mercè Marçal in Ferida Arrel: Maria Mercè Marçal.
That film will open the International Women’s Film Festival, an event to celebrate the 20th anniversary with the “One Anthology“, a retrospective section. Its programme was compiled by an online participatory (public jury) vote between the films seen at the festival over the last two decades.
This special programme includes names like Alice Guy and Germaine Dulac. You can see a half-feature by the latter, which has never before been shown on these shores: Le cinéma au service de l’histoire.
The festival will also be offering its regular sections and activities, such as El sexe dels àngels [The Sex of Angels], Interrogar el passat [Interrogating the Past], Imaginar el futur [Imagining the Future], and El vídeo del minut: un espai propi [One-Minute Video: a Space of One's Own], an invitation to all women to express themselves through audiovisual language.
The International Women’s Film Festival will be held at several venues and amenities: the Filmoteca, the CCCB, the Plaça de la Virreina in Gràcia, the Virreina Centre de la Imatge and the Centre de Cultura de Dones i Espai Francesca Bonnemaison. But if that’s not enough for you, you can always download the festival’s films online, including through the Filmin portal.
The Verdi Cinema will, for a limited time only, be putting on special screening sessions dedicated to the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. In total, four of his most representative titles will be shown: Psycho, The Birds, Vertigo and North by Northwest, in original English version with subtitles.
Over a career spanning more than half a century, Hitchcock fashioned for himself a distinctive and recognisable directorial style. He pioneered the use of a camera made to move in a way that mimics a person’s gaze, forcing viewers to engage in a form of voyeurism. He framed shots to maximise anxiety, fear, or empathy, and used innovative film editing. His stories frequently feature fugitives on the run from the law alongside icy blonde female characters. Many of Hitchcock’s films have twist endings and thrilling plots featuring depictions of violence, murder, and crime, although many of the mysteries function as decoys meant only to serve thematic elements in the film and the extremely complex psychological examinations of the characters. Hitchcock’s films also borrow many themes from psychoanalysis and feature strong sexual undertones. Through his cameo appearances in his own films, interviews, film trailers, and the television program Alfred Hitchcock Presents, he became a cultural icon.
Cinema Verdi was established on 1926, under the name Salón Ateneo Cine and is a reference point for film lovers and for people who like the movies, away from the commercial circuit. Cinema Verdi.
El Bulli used to close from October to June, up to the start of the new season. But being closed did not not mean everything stopped there. During those months, in fact, the creative team behind the restaurant that was voted the best in the world for five consecutive years worked tirelessly, with Ferran Adrià at the helm, you will discover why the chef and his team changed the concept of cooking.
Gereon Wetzel found a way into what had been, up to then, the secret, holy of holies to bring us a documentary that reveals the creative processes behind the dishes served up at El Bulli. And so we have El Bulli: Cooking in Progress, an exposé not just “of the members of a team (Adrià, Oriol Castro and Eduard Xatruc) who have worked together for a number of years, and enjoy a very close and creative relationship“.
This intimate portrayal, giving close-ups on the ingredients, their textures and their colours, offers the viewer a chance to discover the secrets of the restaurant and its team, and “its everyday operations, rather than its philosophy“, explains Wetzel.
Although the documentary is being premiered now, when we know that El Bulli is to stop being restaurant and become a foundation, it was thought up and made without any knowledge of the closing date. Its director affirms that the film “conveys the spirit of El Bulli, which is something that will not end with the restaurant, but will continue into the foundation“.
Alex Law, Freddie Wong, Ann Hui, Derek Wong and Clement Cheng, Chan Hing-Kai and Janet Chun, Barbara Wong, and Ivy Ho. These are the directors behind the seven films featured in Hong Kong Film Week, which is into its seventh edition this year.
For another year, Casa Àsia is inviting you to enjoy the finest cinema hailing from the Chinese city. This year’s screenings will look at topics like everyday life, interpersonal relationships and affection, and local conflicts in a global world. Titles such as All About Love by Ann Hui insist on these and other aspects just like The Drunkard or La Comédie Humaine, where the sense of humour and satire are mixed with the anthropological and social analysis. This annual date allows us to show the audience some of the most relevant productions of cinematographic industry as productive as the one in Hong Kong.
The screenings will be held at Cinemes Méliès. Please visit Casa Àsia website to find detailed information on screenings and dates.
The new Filmoteca de Catalunya centre in Raval is ready to start screening. It will be back to business on 21 February, though it will also be holding an open day two days before that on 19 February, from 1.30 pm to 7 pm.
The same day will see the official opening of Plaça de Salvador Seguí, near the new 6.000 square-metre Filmoteca building. The library will be open to visits, as will the exhibition Imatges confrontades: la guerra civil i el cinema [Confronting Images: the Civil War and Cinema] and there will be free film sessions.
The new Filmoteca centre, boasting two cinema halls with a total of 555 seats, also has a specialist bookshop and a cafeteria, besides offices and admin buildings.
The opening film in the regular sessions is El hombre de al lado [The Man Next Door] by Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat, considered one of the best films of 2011.
It will immediately be followed by a screening of West Side Story, marking the 50th anniversary of its premiere, and a double programme during the night session on the cinema of the Civil War, with Valentín R. González‘s Nosotros somos así, and Celuloide colectivo.
Other cycles on the 2012 programme will be going over the works of Bigas Luna, Luis Garcia Berlanga and Jacques Tourneur.
The film Snowflake (Floquet de Neu) was formally presented at Barcelona Zoo, the event being attended by the actors Elsa Pataky, Clàudia Abate and Joan Sullà. The presentation of Snowflake signals the start to the 120th anniversary celebrations the Zoo will be giving in the coming year.
The film combines 3D animation and real images and a dream-come-true once had. The film is expected to be released in as many as 30 countries around the world.
Elsa Pataky plays the Witch of the North in the film. The Witch is the only one who can change the colour of the hair of a Snowflake who feels different and rejected by his companions for being an albino gorilla. That is why Snowflake has no qualms about escaping from the Zoo to go and find her.
The film not only shows Barcelona Zoo but also the city’s other places, such as Tibidabo, Parc Güell, Passeig de Gràcia and the old quarter of Sarrià.
“This film raises the Barcelona brand“, announced the Mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias, who had the privilege of seeing the film.
The film brings Snowflake back to life at cinemas this coming 23 December.
The international gathering of cinema exhibitors and distributors, CineEurope (one of the world’s four big film fairs), will be held in Barcelona in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
This has been agreed by the Catalan Ministry of Culture, the Barcelona Institute of Culture, the Barcelona Centre for International Conventions, the Prometeus Global Media company and the International Union of Cinemas.
The decision will make Barcelona a benchmark in the cinema industry. The first convention will be held at the Barcelona Centre for International Conventions from 18 to 21 June, 2012.
CineEurope is the official convention of the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) and had been held in Amsterdam for the last 14 years.
A grand total of 270 films make up the festival, which this year is aiming to boost its section structure, which has helped to enable every type of audience to find their own space. Spaces that are opening to family audiences this year with the Sitges Family seal.
One of its most popular side-activities, The Jack Daniel’s SITGES Zombie Walk 2011 will be held on October 14th, beginning at 20:30h at the Miramar Building. Following the Zombie Walk there will be a free night party on the beach.
SITGES International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia is the number one fantasy film festival in the world and represents, at the same time, the cultural expression with the most media impact in Catalonia. With a solid experience, the Sitges Festival is a stimulating universe of encounters, exhibitions, presentations and screenings of fantasy films from all over the world.
Born in 1968 as the 1st International Week of Fantasy and Horror Movies, today the Festival is an essential rendezvous for movie lovers and audiences eager to come into contact with new tendencies and technologies applied to film and the audiovisual world.