Poster for  D’A Festival de Cinema de Barcelona 2024.

Eleven days of the best independent and contemporary auteur cinema

The fourteenth edition of the D'A Festival de Cinema de Barcelona arrives with a programme made up of 73 feature films and 69 short films. 

From 4 to 14 April, the film event that film lovers and fans have been waiting for is back: the D'A Festival de Cinema de Barcelona. Once again, you can enjoy films that have won awards at major festivals as well as works by emerging filmmakers, and this year there will be 48 films directed by women. In addition to the screenings, there will be parallel activities, the visit of more than fifty filmmakers and the celebration of the D'A Film Lab Barcelona. The festival will be held at various venues, including the CCCB, Paral-lel 62, Mooby Aribau, Filmoteca de Catalunya, Zumzeig and Casa Montjuïc. 

The opening will be at Paral-lel 62 with the return of Isaki Lacuesta and the film Second Prize, co-directed with Pol Rodríguez. This is a fictional film about the Granada band Los Planetas, which won the Gold Medal at the Màlaga Festival, in addition to the awards for best direction and best editing. On the other hand, the closing film will be Nina, by Andrea Jaurrieta, starring Patricia López Arnaiz and Darío Grandinetti. This is the director's second feature film and has won the Silver Medal Special Critics' Prize.

As for the programme, in the Directors section you can enjoy works by names such as Hong Sangsoo, Tsai Ming Liang, Wang Bing, Radu Jude, Cristi Puiu, Catherine Corsini, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Angela Schanelec and Lisandro Alonso. Also premiering in Catalonia is Godard's posthumous work, Tráiler de la película que nunca existirá: "Guerras de broma" i, a més, podreu veure dues sessions que recuperen les obres de format curt d'Agnès Varda and Aki Kaurismäki. 

You can also discover emerging filmmakers in Talents, a section made up of thirteen films, nine of which are directed by women and come from different countries, such as Edge of Everything, by Sophia Sabella and Pablo Feldman; Llobàs, directed by Pau Calpe; or Paradise is Burning, by Mika Gustafson.

This year, Radar premieres, a space of risk and discovery, with critically acclaimed works from international festivals and new looks at contemporary authorship with sixteen films including filmmakers such as Joanna Arnow, Nicolás Herzog and Damien Manivel.
In the Special category, you can see the Spanish premiere of Ryuichi Sakamoto | Opus, by Neo Sora, as well as other titles such as Mamífera, by Liliana Torres, winner of the recent SXSW Best Actress Award for Maria Rodríguez Soto; Lolo & Sosaku - The Western Archive, by Sergio Caballero; and Hate Songs, by Alejo Levis.

The Focus programme is dedicated to the French director Catherine Breillat, practically unseen in Spain, in which you can see new films from her extensive filmography, with the collaboration of the Filmoteca de Catalunya.

There will also be the emblematic section A Collective Impulse, which presents seven Catalan premieres and three world premieres with outstanding names such as Marc Ferrer, María Giséle Royo, Julia de Castro and Virginia García del Pino. The section dedicated to short films presents thirty-nine, including the work of Gala Hernández López, winner of the César for the best documentary short film.

Don't miss the three concert cinema proposals: Niño de Elche canta cine mudo; My Mexican Bretzel, by Núria Giménez Lorang, with a soundtrack created by Zabala and the performance by Lolo & Sosaku, the culmination of the premiere of the film by Sergio Caballero.

As part of this edition, the third series of Simfonies de ciutat, the audiovisual project produced by the CCCB with Dones Visuals, will also be presented.

Italian director Alice Rohrwacher will receive the D'A 2024 Award at an event that will include a dialogue with film critic Manu Yáñez and will also present her latest film, La quimera. The awards will also be presented in the categories of Talents, A Collective Impulse, A Collective Impulse - Short Films and the D'A Film Lab Barcelona Best Film Award.

Take the opportunity to immerse yourselves in the sevent art and explore the latest in independent and auteur cinema with established and up-and-coming talents from 4 to 14 April. The timetable varies according to the screenings and the ticket price ranges from €3 to €8 -see also the subscriptions-. If you want to buy it, you can do it from the website of the D'A Festival de Cinema de Barcelona

Publication date: Monday, 01 April 2024
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