The fourth edition of International Film Festival of Barcelona Sant Jordi (BCN Film Fest) has begun to walk with a first advance of what will be a programming composed of some sixty titles that will revolve, as usual, around the thematic axis cinema-literature-history to reinforce its cultural commitment. At a press conference this morning, the director of the festival, Conxita Casanovas, presented this year’s poster, an illustration of a film frame Spring taleby Éric Rohmer, who will pay tribute to a select retrospective that will be part of the Essentials section, coinciding with the centenary of the birth of the French filmmaker.
Among the titles that can be seen are included My night with Maud, Claire’s knee, Green lightning, Spring tale, Winter’s Tale, Summer story, Autumn tale Y Pauline on the beach. The actor of the latter, Féodor Atkine, will be present at the event, which this year will take place between April 17 and 24. “I think it’s a good time to recover the freshness of Rohmer’s films, with which some of us have grown and matured, and to make them known to the younger audience,” said also the journalist and film critic of RNE.
The director, who has influenced the bet of choosing films that are attractive to the viewer “so that it costs him to choose”, has assured that the festival maintains its headquarters in the Verdi cinemas of Gràcia, but that it will also go out . Thus, the BCN Film Fest will have a Fnac tent in the Plaça del Diamant that will help them in that titanic effort to reach the more public the better, not just the movie buff. “We want to reach that viewer who has not been in a movie theater for a long time,” he said. Literary and cinematographic presentations will be held in that tent, as well as free workshops and master classes. “We like to interconnect the different artistic disciplines,” he said. “We want things to happen at the festival, not just to show films, and for the public to fall in love with culture through cinema.”
We want things to happen at the festival, not just to show films, and for the public to fall in love with the culture through cinema ”
Among the titles that make up this first advance, three films that will have a Spanish premiere stand out in the official section: When Hitler stole the pink rabbitfrom Caroline Link; True History of the Kelly Gang, about the life of the Australian bandit Ned Kelly, starring George MacKay and Russell Crowe and “the most shocking”, in the words of Casanovas, and the Polish Corpus Christi, by Justin Kurzel, who aspires to the Oscar for best international film.
In the official section out of competition, four pieces are currently participating, among which are #Annefrank, parallel stories, a documentary about Anne Frank and the shadow of Nazism narrated by Helen Mirren, which will be passed in the civic centers of Barcelona; Mr. Jones, from veteran Agnieszka Holland, invited to come to Barcelona, the documentary The Booksellersby D.W. Young on the antiquarian booksellers of New York and Centoventi contro Novecento, another documentary about the football game that starred in 1975 two teams led by directors Pasolini and Bertolucci. In the section Cinema amb Gràcia the comedy will happen The Peanut Butter Falconby Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz, who has the cast with Dakota Johnson, Shia LaBeouf, Zack Gottsagen, Bruce Dern and John Hawkes.
The BCN Film Fest keeps prices with tickets at 2.90 euros “because we don’t want anyone to say that cinema is expensive.” In this fourth edition the veteran Catalan actress Mercedes Sampietro will act as president of the jury.
Admission is maintained at 2.90 euros