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A French twist for Barcelona’s 9th D'A Film Festival

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- The 9th edition of the Arthouse Film Festival kicks off today in Barcelona, and shining bright among the 114 movies being screened until 5 May is a retrospective dedicated to Christophe Honoré

A French twist for Barcelona’s 9th D'A Film Festival
Sorry Angel by Christophe Honoré

The Aribau, CCCB (Barcelona Centre of Contemporary Culture), Catalunya Film Library, SGAE (Spanish Society of Authors and Publishers) and Zumzeig cinemas are about to play host to the ninth edition of the D'A Film Festival, which starts unspooling in Barcelona today, 25 April, and will run until Sunday 5 May. Headed up with elan by Carlos R Ríos, the gathering comprises 114 titles, and among them we find a strong presence of French movies, as demonstrated by the retrospective dedicated to Christophe Honoré. Besides a plethora of his previous films, such as The Beautiful Person and Love Songs, audiences will also be able to enjoy his latest effort, Sorry Angel.

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Other French (co-)productions that will be showcased at D'A 2019 include the western The Sisters Brothers by Jacques Audiard, A Faithful Man by Louis Garrel (which will have the honour of opening the festival), Amanda by Mikhaël HersFather and Sons (the directorial debut by actor Félix Moati), Coincoin and the Extra Humans (the new series by Bruno Dumont), the whimsical Paul Sanchez Is Back! by Patricia Mazuy, Blonde Animals by Alexia Walther and Maxime Matray, Sophia Antipolis by Virgil VernierKeep Going by Belgium’s Joachim Lafosse and the documentary Treasure Island by Guillaume Brac. Nor will there be any lack of fresh shenanigans from the likes of Brits Peter Strickland (In Fabric) and Ben Wheatley (Happy New Year, Colin Burstead), while extremely sensitive movies will come courtesy of Italy's Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (The Summer House) and Portuguese director Rita Azevedo (The Portuguese Woman).

D'A Barcelona will be topped off by a raft of other activities, such as the Professional Conferences, which will take an in-depth look at the labs and hubs that operate within festivals, and which will provide useful tools for project development, helping to strengthen, finance and internationalise film productions. In addition, there will be two workshops organised in conjunction with the ECAM (Film and Audiovisual School of the Community of Madrid), devoted to directing and sound. This particular institution will also hand out the OpenECAM Prize, which allows the winning director to use its facilities and technical equipment for the production or post-production of his or her next movie, thus giving a fresh new injection to the Un Impulso Colectivo (lit. “A Collective Push”) section. Another accolade handed out in this section is the Movistar+ Award, which comprises the acquisition of the broadcasting rights for a total of €12,000. What’s more, the Talents Award for the best film in the aforementioned section is now endowed with €10,000, which will be bestowed upon its distributor.

Lastly, standing out among the Spanish indie gems that will be on show over the next few days in Barcelona are Ojos negros by Marta Lallana and Ivet Castelo; The Hidden City, a captivating descent into the urban underworld, courtesy of Víctor Moreno; Karelia: International with Monument, a documentary by Andrés Duque; the project Quién lo impide, helmed by Jonás Trueba (see the news); the short films Watermelon Juice by Irene Moray, starring Elena Martín, which took part in the most recent Berlinale, and Después también by Carla Simón; Cantares de una revolución by Asturian director Ramón Lluís Bande, featuring traditional songs that have been reworked by Nacho Vegas; Wandering Star by Alberto Gracia; the experimental film Letters to Paul Morrissey by Armand Rovira; Love Me Not by Lluís Miñarro; and The Days to Come, the third movie by Carlos Marqués-Marcet, which – after picking up the Golden Biznaga at the most recent Málaga Film Festival – will bring the ninth Barcelona Arthouse Film Festival to a close in ten days’ time, after it has once again served as a platform for discovery for the most restless and discerning of audiences, allowing them to sample a fine array of unorthodox filmmakers who steer well clear of clichés.

(Translated from Spanish)

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