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The seventh edition of D’A gets going in Barcelona

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- The International Auteur Film Festival kicks off with Lady Macbeth this Thursday and will unspool until 7 May, offering film buffs a juicy menu that is not lacking in world premieres

The seventh edition of D’A gets going in Barcelona
Europa by Miguel Ángel Pérez Blanco

Directed by Carlos R Ríos, the D’A International Auteur Film Festival in Barcelona is on the cusp of kicking off its seventh edition on 27 April, fully laden with titles that can boast their own unique personality – this is perfectly demonstrated by the opening film, Lady Macbeth [+see also:
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trailer
interview: William Oldroyd
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]
, a British production directed by William Oldroy. The programme of the event will unspool until 7 May, when it will be brought to a close by Carla Simón’s Summer 1993 [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Carla Simón
film profile
]
(which previously won awards at Berlin and Málaga), satisfying the cravings of all those who adore contemporary cinema that has its own distinctive hallmark and plenty of character, and is not averse to taking risks.

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For proof of this, look no further than the retrospective on Barcelona-born Mexican filmmaker Amat Escalante, in which audiences will be able to watch Heli [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
and the European co-production The Untamed [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
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, among others.There will also be plenty of room for several world premieres, such as Elefantes [+see also:
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by Carlos Balbuena, La maldita primavera [+see also:
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by Marc Ferrer and Europa [+see also:
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film profile
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by Miguel Ángel Pérez Blanco.

Other appealing Spanish titles, scattered across the various sections, include Júlia ist [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Elena Martín
film profile
]
, the feature debut by Elena Martín, the lead actress from Les amigues de l’Agata [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, which scooped two awards (Best Film and Best Director) in the ZonaZine section of the most recent Málaga Film Festival; Living and Other Fictions [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jo Sol
film profile
]
by Jo Sol; The Objects of Love [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
, the first film by Adrián Silvestre; Marisa in the Woods [+see also:
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by Antonio Morales; and Like Foam [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
by Roberto Pérez Toledo, which depicts an orgy in a mansion complete with a swimming pool, organised by characters in search of something more than just sex.

Workshops for journalists, chats with filmmakers, a round-table on the international reach and impact of Spanish film, and a conference dedicated to industry professionals entitled “New Narratives. Distribution and Promotion” round off the programme of this attractive festival. All of the gathering’s activities will unspool in the Catalonian Film Library, the CCCB cultural centre, the SGAE foundation and Aribau Club cinemas. One week after the festival ends, a selection of movies from this edition will be screened in nine cities around Catalonia.

(Translated from Spanish)

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