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Anger

Documentary Film
Spain
2014
24 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Sergi Casamitjana
Mireia Fontanals
Jordi París
Anna Serra
Eli Sort
Mireia Fontanals
Aleix Burgueño
Anita and Amadeu are still a couple, though age is definitely getting to them. They can’t escape their different habits, accomplishing everything with infinite slowness. Their only companions nowadays are the cats and the dog. She is still quick on her feet and keeps things going, while Amadeu just about manages, with effort and patience, to keep upright. Being dependent on each other, their tone gets sharper.
The whole drama of ageing is precisely sketched in a few scenes. The young filmmaker Mireia Fontanals keeps visiting the two over an extended period of time to document the same processes. Quite simple, in principle, because there are only a few locations left in the life of the couple: their home, the hospital ward, the nursing home. And there are only a few questions left open. This one for example: do you still love me?
Cornelia Klauß
International Programme 2014
Mar de Fons Bruno López, Florencia Luna

A father, a son, a fishing boat and the polluted coast off Barcelona. The death of a tradition and the disease of civilisation. A short novel with charisma.

Mar de Fons

Documentary Film
Spain
2014
30 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Sergi Casamitjana, Escac Films
Bruno López, Florencia Luna
Julián Sánchez
Florencia Luna, Dídac Sáez
Bruno López, Dídac Sáez
Bruno López, Florencia Luna
Yago Flaquer, Mar Rosselló
“Another bad day!” This is what it sounds like when Catalan fishermen meet. The fish die-off and the pollution in the greater Barcelona area hit them hard. Ramón Costa has seen dramatic changes in his long career. This doesn’t refer to the fact that he made it from rowing boat to motorboat owner – no: Only six of the 100 fishing boats of his native village of Badalona are left. One of them belongs to Ramón. But he, too, is thinking about giving up his small family business, especially since he is worried about his eldest son. Opening a beach bar would be more profitable. The younger son, having at last emerged from adolescence, encourages him, that’s true. But junior is a stubborn smart-aleck.
All these problems accumulate in the narrow space of the fishing boat when father and son go out to sea. The film has all the ingredients of a short novel, telling a story of restless men, the death of tradition and the disease of civilisation and revolving around a charismatic main character: Ramón is a passionate storyteller and a father who makes touching efforts to stay connected to his sons, even if they grew up in a completely different age than he did.
Lars Meyer
Animadoc 2014
Old Folks' Tales – Ysabel. Fear Comes Down From Heaven Marcelo Dematei, Carlos Smith

Memories are linked to personal and shared (hi)stories.
In this episode, Ysabel talks about her experiences in the Spanish Civil War in Bilbao in 1937.

Old Folks' Tales – Ysabel. Fear Comes Down From Heaven

Animadoc
Colombia,
Spain
2013
5 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Carlos Smith
Marcelo Dematei, Carlos Smith
BSO
Carlos Smith, Diego Fonti
Carolina Robledo Forero, Marcelo Dematei, Carlos Smith
Edi Calderón
Memories are linked to personal and shared (hi)stories. The transmedia project “Old Folks’ Tales” attempts to make the memories of senior citizens accessible to younger people via an animadoc television series, an interactive website and workshops. In this episode, Ysabel talks about her experiences in the Spanish Civil War in Bilbao in 1937.

SK 2014

Documentary Film
Bosnia-Herzegovina,
North Macedonia,
Spain,
Kosovo
2014
26 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Kumjana Novakova
Kumjana Novakova, Guillermo Carreras-Candi, Emilio Guerra Delgado
Emilio Guerra Delgado
Guillermo Carreras-Candi
Oriol Gallart Miret
“Monuments are good for nothing.” As monuments and museums rise around the fixed camera’s field of vision, “SK 2014” deconstructs a regime’s absurdity. The absurdity of its reading of the political, its need to mythologise itself, its absurd stones. Even in the rhythm of Offenbach, it is the graveyard of a community. Though it may appear grandiose to some.
Kumjana Novakova

The Fish Tamer

Documentary Film
Spain
2014
23 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Cristina Sánchez
Roger Gómez, Dani Resines
Ferran Resines
Roger Gómez
El Cangrejo
Roger Gómez, Dani Resines, Enric Álvarez
Giannie Tognarelli
This is the story of an old man and the sea, a great love story which, just as it was about to end, took an unusual turn. Francesc Roig Toqués’s health does not allow him to take his boat out to sea any more. So he simply decides to bring the sea into his house. He starts a unique collection of maritime relics, shells, flotsam and jetsam which soon fills its confined space to the brim. Henceforth he will surround himself with things that remind him of his happiest days. Success soon overwhelms him: his trained fish who “dine” from spoons wash floods of tourist into his little museum. So he decides to “batten down the hatches” and embark on his last journey. The refuge called “Plaça del Canó” in Vilanova on the Southern coast of Spain has survived its creator. This film tells the tale of a journey to objects imbued with history, a farewell that is not the end, and perhaps the most wonderful find: sequences that show nothing but the sea, majestic and pure.
Cornelia Klauß

Walls

Documentary Film
Spain
2014
10 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Silvia Venegas, Juan Antonio Moreno
Miguel López Beraza
Nayeem Mahbub
Miguel López Beraza, Marko Sipka
Miguel López Beraza , Marko Sipka, Nayeem Mahbub
Miguel López Beraza, János András Nagy
János András Nagy, Asia Dér, Nayeem Mahbub
A pleasant male voice is begging our indulgence on the dark screen. The speaker is not what we might imagine: a house in Budapest, that’s true, but not one of those magnificent town houses from the penultimate turn of the century. Instead: an unspectacular flat-roofed three storey building which tells its own story but quickly steps back since, as it says, its essence are the people who live in it. It has special sympathies for two of them, 92-year-old Mr. István who is still hale and reads without glasses, and the elderly Mrs. Magdi, an excellent cook of plain traditional Kronland fare.
There’s an atmosphere of farewell pervading this melancholic, harmonious reminiscence of the God of small things. “The God of Small Things”, Arundhati Roy wrote in her eponymous 1997 novel, “left no footprints in sand, no ripples in water, no image in mirrors”. He is the God of what is lost, the personal and banal objects, not the God of History who cruelly forces the small things on his course.”
Ralph Eue