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D’A 2022

Barcelona celebrates auteur cinema with the 12th D'A Festival

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- Recent works by filmmakers such as Miguel Gomes, Terence Davis, Bruno Dumont and Carla Simón will be showcased at this event focusing on independent talent

Barcelona celebrates auteur cinema with the 12th D'A Festival
Alcarràs by Carla Simón

The twelfth edition of the Barcelona Auteur Film Festival (D’A) presents 124 titles in the programme’s different sections. The festival, directed by distributor Carlos R. Ríos, opens on 28 April (the eve of its national premiere) with one of the Spanish films of the year: Alcarràs [+see also:
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interview: Carla Simón
interview: Giovanni Pompili
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, the delightful and moving second film from the Catalan Carla Simón, recipient of the coveted Golden Bear at this year’s Berlinale. And the festival closes on Sunday 8 May with Lullaby [+see also:
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interview: Alauda Ruiz de Azúa
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, the brilliant winner of the last Malaga festival, the feature film debut of the Basque filmmaker Alauda Ruiz de Azúa.

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During these days, six cinemas in Barcelona will screen outstanding European films including The Tsugua Diaries [+see also:
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interview: João Nunes Monteiro
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(Portugal), directed by Miguel Gomes and Maureen Fazendeiro; Benediction [+see also:
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, by British director Terence Davis; France [+see also:
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, by French director Bruno Dumont and Sundown [+see also:
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, by Michel Franco (Mexico/France/Sweden).

And most notably among the films of Spanish filmmakers in the different sections of the Barcelona festival are: Adrián Silvestre and his Malaga Special Jury Prize My Emptiness and I [+see also:
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interview: Adrián Silvestre
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; Nely Reguera and La voluntaria [+see also:
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, a film co-produced with Greece; Carolina Astudillo and Canción a una dama en la sombra; Ione Atenea and Los caballos mueren al amanecer [+see also:
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interview: Ione Atenea
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; Álvaro Gurrea and Ancient Soul [+see also:
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interview: Álvaro Gurrea
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; Meritxell Colell and Dúo, winner of the Silver Biznaga in the Zonazine section in Malaga; Una película sobre parejas, a film produced in the Dominican Republic by Natalia Cabral y Oriol Estrada; and the world premieres of Cantando en las azoteas, by Enric Ribes; Chuck a-luck, by Adrián García Prado; Fail Better, by Eva Garrido; Aftersun by Lluís Galter, and Girlfriends and Girlfriends [+see also:
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, by Zaida Carmona.

But, according to the festival programmers, the most important section of the festival is Talents, dedicated to emerging filmmakers with at most two feature films in their filmography. Eligible for the prize of 10,000 euros are A Love Song, by the American Max Walker-Silverman, which caused a big stir at the Berlinale and Sundance; Feathers [+see also:
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(Egypt/France/Holland/Greece), by Omar El Zohairy, winner of the Cannes Critics’ Week 2021 prize; The Great Movement [+see also:
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(Bolivia/France/Qatar/Switzerland), the second feature film of Kiro Russo, winner of the Special Jury Prize of the Orizzonti section at Venice; the acclaimed Ninjababy [+see also:
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interview: Yngvild Sve Flikke
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, by the Norwegian Yngvild Sve Flikke, winner of the Generation 14+ section at the Berlinale 2021 and Best Comedy at the European Film Awards; and the fascinating documentary Atlantide [+see also:
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interview: Yuri Ancarani
interview: Yuri Ancarani and Marco Ale…
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(Italy/France/Qatar), by visual artist Yuri Ancarani. Completing this section are the comedy Little Lesson of Love (France/Switzerland), by Ève Deboise; They Carry Death [+see also:
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interview: Samuel M Delgado and Helena…
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(Spain/Colombia), by Helena Girón and Samuel M. Salgado; Softie [+see also:
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interview: Samuel Theis
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(France), by Samuel Theis; True Things [+see also:
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interview: Harry Wootliff
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(United Kingdom), by Harry Wootliff; Clara Sola [+see also:
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interview: Nathalie Álvarez Mesén
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(Sweden/Costa Rica/Belgium/Germany), by Nathalie Álvarez Mesén; Costa Brava, Lebanon [+see also:
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(Lebanon/France/Spain/Sweden/Denmark/Norway/Qatar), by Mounia Akl; Tiempos futuros, by V. Checa (Peru/Mexico/Ecuador/Spain/Germany); and Ripples of Life (China), by Wei Shujun.

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(Translated from Spanish by Vicky York)

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