Cecilia Díaz Betz

One of the few good things about going back to school is knowing for a fact that the next three months will be full of many and different activities. Especially and foremost, we’re referring to three unavoidable events in Barcelona and surroundings, where moviegoers will have a blast. And those events are SitgesL’Alternativa and our beloved Beefeater In-Edit. The latter has just announced 35 of the 50 titles that will be screened in this edition, as well as the director honored this year, the great Tony Palmer. An advance that has left us trembling with emotion, though there’s still more to come, for its special and exquisite selection, which confirms the festival’s good shape and strength. With more than a decade of history, it becomes better and better with time.

This is Beefeater-InEdit 13th edtion, a festival specialized in musical documentary films

This is Beefeater-InEdit 13th edtion, a festival specialized in musical documentary films—in case you’re new here—that year after year manages to awaken us from the autumn lethargy autumn to watch films about music and its protagonists. So from October 29 to November 8, Barcelona will live a true celebration of music documentary films, which later will travel to Madrid, Valencia and Bilbao (within the BIME Festival). This year the honored director is British director Tony Palmer. A key figure in the genre, Palmer will come to Barcelona to review his career in            a master class event to be held in the Palau de la Música. Of the more than 100 works produced by Palmer, Beefeater In-Edit will screen seven: All My Loving Tony, All You Need Is Love. The Beatles, Callas, Ginger Baker in Africa, Leonard Cohen Bird On A Wire, The Wigan Casino and Yehudi Menuhin.

Besides having the privilege of having Tony Palmer here, this 13th edition of Beefeater In-Edit brings enriching innovations, from the One-to-One Meetings in collaboration with Catalan Films, which aims to promote the meeting between professionals; the HALF sessions with an aperitif on Sunday noon; free morning sessions and a record company and book fair in collaboration with Record Store Day. All this plus the In-Edit Beat, the Radio Show presented by Ray-Ban and the Q & A Live with some festival guests, which this year will take place on Aribau Club Room 2.

So, with the advance of 80 percent of the program, one can now seriously consider buying tickets. In the international official selection, there are Station to Station -24 hours of journey shared by Patti Smith, Thurston Moore, Ariel Pink, Savages or Cat Power-train; Everybody’s Cage, the journey towards Cage by Francesco Tristano-; Orion: The Man Who Would Be King, the hilarious story of Jimmy Ellis, aka Orion, Theory of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents, the story of the most intriguing band ever; Julien Temple’s film about Wilko Johnson; 15 corners of the World, about Eugeniusz Rudnik-; Never Turn Your Back on Sparck – or the shared obsession of the director Pini Schatz with Sparks; and They Will Have to Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile, the unequal battle between guitars and Kalashnikovs.

The official national selection includes the acclaimed El Ruiseñor y la Noche: Chavela Vargas canta a Lorca, a co-production between Colombia, Mexico and Spain in which Rubén Rojo tells about the love story between Chavela Vargas and Federico Gracia Lorca; 13. Miguel Poveda, by Paco Ortiz; and La Muerte en la Alcarria, about the Fernando Palomares Cubero brothers.

In addition to the awards (including the winners of the In-Edit editions in Chile and Brazil), there is also number of documentaries in the Excelents section, with films from the Wacken festival, the electronic scene in Berlin during the Cold War, Penderecki, Edwyn Collins, the Latin Bogaloo scene, punk in Washington in the 80s or The Jam, among others.

Watch the trailer and check out the program, activities, prices, locations, etc., here.