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Barcelona’s D’A Festival launches a counterattack

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- The mouth-watering programme of the sixth International Auteur Film Festival in Barcelona is competing with the Málaga Spanish Film Festival, which unspools at the same time

Barcelona’s D’A Festival launches a counterattack
El perdut by Christophe Farnarier

The heart of the Spanish film buff is about to be torn between two different events, as two unmissable rendezvous in the country’s film landscape are being held during the same period (from 21 April to 1 May): the 19th Málaga Spanish Film Festival (read the news) and the sixth edition of the D’A International Auteur Film Festival in Barcelona. These two beautiful cities on the Mediterranean coast will thus be duking it out to try and grab the attention of the media and film enthusiasts alike.

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In the case of D’A, we should point out that its programme includes 12 feature debuts, ten Spanish titles and another ten made by female directors. The gathering will be opened by the blisteringly sexy A Bigger Splash [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Luca Guadagnino
film profile
]
by Italy’s Luca Guadagnino, while Isaki Lacuesta and Isa Campo will have the honour of bringing the festival to a close with The Next Skin [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Isa Campo, Isaki Lacuesta
film profile
]
, starring Emma Suárez, Sergi López and Álex Monner, which is also in the Málaga competition. Lithuanian filmmaker Sharunas Bartas will present his new film Peace to Us in Our Dreams [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Sharunas Bartas
film profile
]
, as well as being the focus of a well-deserved retrospective.

Other important names featuring on the programme with their latest creations are Terence Davies, Arnaud Desplechin, Philippe Garrel, Andrés Duque and Marco Bellocchio. And the youngest, freshest voices include Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Eva Husson
film profile
]
by Eva Husson, Les deux amis [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, the feature debut by Louis Garrel, the fascinating documentary Dead Slow Ahead [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Mauro Herce
film profile
]
by Mauro Herce and Pozoamargo [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Enrique Rivero
film profile
]
by Enrique Rivero (awarded at Seville), among others. The Spanish contingent also includes titles like El perdut [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Christophe Farnarier, Nos parecía importante by Marc Ferrer and Callback [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Carles Torras
film profile
]
by Carles Torras.

As for the professional side of things, an area that is by no means neglected by this festival, some of the topics that will be tackled include the new role of the viewer in the creation, promotion and consumption of audiovisual content, and the different ways of reaching new audiences: how they are created, and which opportunities and risks are presented by the ever-changing panorama of new technologies, which are transforming digital businesses and our ways of understanding creativity.

(Translated from Spanish)

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