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.