The Festival de Cine de Autor de Barcelona, DA presents the first advance of the programme that will kick start in April. The festival’s usual selection of independent films from around the world, of great names of contemporary cinema and its commitment for local cinema comes this year with some novelties. First off, the celebrations of the first Conference on Marketing Strategies of Independent Film and the first D’A Campus aimed at young critics and journalists, two initiatives that express the spirit of a festival with a will to continue growing. This year’s retrospective is dedicated to one of today’s most alluring filmmakers and a regular in Cannes, Bertrand Bonello, despite the fact that only one of his films has been premiered in Spain thus far. His latest film, the biopic Saint Laurent (France, 2014) about the life of a controversial designer, will open the festival on 24th April. Bonello’s filmography, which fluctuates between experimentation and narrative, is made up of six films and five short-films that share mutating characters trapped in an alien reality.
The main section Direccions features Guy Maddin’s new film The Forbidden Room (Canada, 2015); Bird People by Pascale Ferran (France, 2014); La La La at Rock Bottom by Nobuhiro Yamashita (Japan, 2015); La chambre bleu by actor and director Mathieu Amalric (France, 2014), and the P’tit Quinquin series by Bruno Dumont (France, 2014). One of the section’s highlights is the screening of the last film of recently deceased director Alain Resnais Aimer, boire et chanter (France, 2014) which won the Critics Award at the 2014 Berlinale.
The festival’s usual selection of independent films from around the world, of great names of contemporary cinema and its commitment for local cinema comes this year with some novelties
The Talents section is devoted to emerging filmmakers with less than three films in their filmography. It features the premiere of Finnish film They Have Escaped by JP Valkeapää and the Argentinian film El Incendio by Juan Schnitman. After the spectacular reception last year by this section curated by film critic Carlos Losi, A Collective Impulse is dedicated to new Spanish directors. The section feautres No todo es vigilia by Hermes Paralluelo, Las altas presiones by Angel Santos, Der Geldkomplex by John Rodrigáñez and the original revisitation of the Greek myth Antígona Despiertaby Lupe Pérez García, produced by filmmaker Juan Barrero
The Festival de Cine de Autor de Barcelona, DA also presents Futuros (Im)posibles, which brings together some recent films with a novel approach to science fiction. A look of surprise into a blurred future and far from the genre’s idiosyncrasies. Sueñan los androides by Ion de Sosa (Spain, 2014), Crumbs by Miguel Llansó (Spain, 2014) or Under The Skin by Jonathan Glazer (UK, 2014).
We strongly recommend DA, a unique opportunity to enjoy new trends in national and international cinema on the big screen
We strongly recommend DA, a unique opportunity to enjoy new trends in national and international cinema on the big screen, as well as to talk with many of the filmmakers that will be present during the ten days of the festival. Here’s a selection of the first films announced.