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ATLÀNTIDA FILM FEST 2020

Atlàntida Film Fest prepares to go international

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- At the end of this year, audiences in Portugal, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece and Romania will be able to enjoy the online festival, whose 10th successful edition came to a close in Spain last week

Atlàntida Film Fest prepares to go international
Benjamin Ree's The Painter and the Thief

Atlàntida Film Fest is to hold an international edition at the end of this year in Portugal, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece and Romania, where (with support from Programa MEDIA) audiences will be able to watch a carefully curated selection of films from this year’s edition. The 10th edition of Europe’s biggest online film festival ended last week with record figures, as more than 550,000 viewers followed the contest in two formats: 8,500 watched in person in Palma, Mallorca, where the festival was based for the fifth year running, while 542,000 watched via the Filmin platform.

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Among the winners at the festival’s most recent edition, the Critics’ Award went to the Icelandic production Last and First Men [+see also:
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, a posthumous work for its director and composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, who wrote the soundtracks for films including Arrival and Prisoners by Denis Villeneuve and The Theory of Everything [+see also:
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 by James Marsh, for which he won a Golden Globe in 2014. This essay, which is based on a science fiction novel of the same name written in 1930 by the British author Olaf Stapledon, is narrated by Tilda Swinton.

The Jury, consisting of Mariana Freijomil, Abraham Domínguez and Raquel Abad, highlighted “the originality and simplicity of the concept, full of strength and symbolism thanks to a hypnotic mise-en-scène in which images and sound combine to transport the viewer to a future where the human race is contemplating and narrating its own extinction. In this film, the monuments of the former Yugoslavia – a symbol of unity following the atrocities of the Second World War – represent the threat of a future that echoes in our present. This highly unusual, immersive cinematographic experience shows how the genre of science fiction films can evoke our own world by imagining others.”

The Audience Award goes to Norwegian documentary The Painter and the Thief [+see also:
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, by Benjamin Ree: the theft of paintings by Czech naturalist artist Barbora Kysilkova from an Oslo art gallery forms the backdrop for an extraordinary tale of human bonds and friendship.

The five most-watched films this year were the award-winning documentary The Painter and the Thief; Swedish documentary series Stieg Larsson: The Man Who Played with Fire, by Henrik Georgsson; gay war drama Moffie [+see also:
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(South Africa/United Kingdom), by Oliver Hermanus; French documentary Banksy: Most Wanted [+see also:
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, by Aurélia Rouvier and Seamus Haley; and Beware of Children [+see also:
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(Norway/Sweden), by Dag Johan Haugerud.

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(Translated from Spanish by Marcos Randulfe)

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