In Ascaso, Spain, “the smallest film festival in the world”

From August 31 to September 4, the small village of Ascaso, near Huesca, in northern Spain, will celebrate the tenth anniversary of its film festival. The tiny event allowed the hamlet and its surroundings to emerge from their isolation.

In Ascaso, only seven inhabitants occupy the few stone houses lined up on a ridge. This hamlet lost in the Aragonese Pyrenees is located a few kilometers from Huesca, capital of the province of the same name, in Aragon. Ascaso is little known for its hiking trails, but above all for being in the spotlight every year for a decade. From August 31 to September 4, the small village will celebrate the 10 years of its film festival, who prides himself on being “The smallest in the world”.

A village long cut off from everything

The Ascaso Film Festival, “Which is all the rage in Aragon”, depending on the media The Diario.es, was created by a local association, Los Relojes, made up of inhabitants of the village and people from the surrounding area. On the event website, the organizers say they are in love with “Artisanal cinema, made by authors who leave an imprint where others are only looking for checks”.

According to the information site, the festival has a direct economic impact on the surrounding region, “Up to 100,000 euros” every year, and it contributes to “Give a voice toSpain emptied [l’Espagne du vide]”. The hamlet of Ascaso was itself isolated for a long time, before being accessible again in the 1990s thanks to the route of“An unpaved forest track”, recount El Diario.es. The construction of a photovoltaic plant should soon make it possible to electrify houses.

For the tenth edition of the event, “Nine films will be screened: five feature films and four short films, dealing with topical issues”, reveals The Herald of Aragon, one of the main regional newspapers. Film buffs will be able to appreciate the screening of the documentary Little girl, from French Sébastien Lifshitz, “Who has produced several works related to the movement LGBT”, continues the daily. The film, originally broadcast in France on Arte and now visible on Netflix, tells the story of a little boy who sees himself as a girl and whose fight, and that of his family, is to have his gender identity recognized.

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