Film Archive

International Programme
Ada for Mayor Pau Faus

Campaigning in Barcelona: political activist Ada is the left party’s top candidate and must learn to be glib and authentic at the same time. A balancing act and strenuous effort full of suspense and drive.

Ada for Mayor

Documentary Film
Spain
2016
90 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Ventura Durall
Pau Faus
Diego Pedragosa
Joan Manel Vilaseca, Àlex Garcia, Núria Campadabal
Pau Faus, Ventura Durall
Ada Colau is an activist of the movement for affordable rents in Barcelona. When the fragmented left of the city needs to be united to enter practical municipal politics and, ideally, supply the next head of the city, she qualifies as front-runner for the collective platform “Barcelona en Comú”.

Over a period of nine months, director Pau Faus observes a process that could be called a “basic democracy workshop”. Faus claims that it’s neither intentional nor coincidental that his film has also, to a large extent, become a participant observation of the top candidate’s life, but inevitable. He confidently avoids raising any suspicion that this is the finished, valid and undoubted image of a politician. Instead he reflects on how these images are produced while the engine is running. At the end of the film Ada Colau will have become a different person AND remained the same – an impossible feat she is forced to pull off by her character and the political ethics she feels bound to. The motto that Ada Colau had inscribed on the door of the council chamber as a universal reminder after she became mayor in May 2015 was: “Let us never forget who we are or why we are here.”

Ralph Eue

Flesh

Animated Film
Brazil,
Spain
2019
12 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Chelo Loureiro, Livia Perez
Camila Kater
Sofia Oriana Infante, Julia Teles
Samuel Mariani
Samuel Mariani
Camila Kater, Giovana Affonso, Flavia Godoy, Cassandra Reis, Leila Monsegur
Camila Kater, Ana Julia Carvalheiro
Xabier Ferreiro, Julia Teles, Luis Felipe Labaki
An animated documentary in five chapters by and about five female personalities. In the leading roles are their own physicality and a multi-perspective view of femininity. Because origin, environment and socialisation – with their occasionally perverted and compulsive side-effects – have a weight of their own. These autobiographical reflections gain depth of focus and impact through the choice of different haptic animation techniques. Vivid, haunting, beautiful.

Nadja Rademacher
International Programme
Good Morning Spain Sara Pisos, Carlos Reyes, Irati Cano Alkain, María Barceló

The choreographed glorification of the past by a group of former Foreign Legionnaires in Catalonia who neatly dig their own hole with their talk.

Good Morning Spain

Documentary Film
Spain
2017
29 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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UAB - Master's Degree in Theory and Practice of Creative Documentary Making
Sara Pisos, Carlos Reyes, Irati Cano Alkain, María Barceló
Sara Pisos, Carlos Reyes, María Barceló
Diana Toucedo
Irati Cano Alkain
A group of former Spanish Foreign Legionnaires meet every week in a Barcelona suburb to parade and exercise and remember the good old days. In view of this excessive display of pride and patriotism the film crew concentrate on a few clear issues, small gestures and nuances – thus revealing much about the protagonists’ nostalgia for a heroic yesterday, much preferred to the unpleasantly complex and diverse today.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann
International Programme
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
International Programme
On Football Sergio Oksman

A film about football, but without players or a ball! Father and son, estranged for 20 years, experience the World Cup in São Paulo together: two opponents, counterattacks, passes. Beautifully batty.

On Football

Documentary Film
Spain
2015
67 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Sergio Oksman, Guadalupe Balaguer
Sergio Oksman
André Brandao
Carlos Muguiro, Sergio Oksman
Carlos Muguiro, Sergio Oksman
Joao Godoy, Vitor Coroa
Grand: it’s all about football (as the title says), though (or because) not a single ball appears in the whole film and only one stadium (if only from a proper distance). 2014 was the year of the World Cup in Brazil. Sergio, a native Brazilian and now a filmmaker in Spain, agrees with his father Simão to spend the time of the World Cup with him and occasionally watch a match together – like they used to when Sergio was a child. His father owns a small, ailing television repair shop in São Paulo. He is passionately pig-headed and a dedicated smoker into the bargain.

Father and son had next to no contact during the past 20 years and the Cup could be the perfect occasion for a rapprochement. But the outcome of this plan is as uncertain as that of a football match. And so this film is less about football after all, though it works like a match: an open experimental set-up. A playing field. Two opposing parties. Moves. Counter attacks. Double passes. Goals. Everything the football lover’s heart desires, told in dialogues full of very slow-burning humour as they drive their car through a São Paulo exquisitely indifferent to the great global event of football.

Ralph Eue
International Programme
Since the World Was World Günter Schwaiger

Slaughtering, ploughing, harvesting grapes and searching for illegal marihuana plants in the cornfield. Being a farmer in Castile: doggedly traditional in the crisis – a warm-hearted observation.

Since the World Was World

Documentary Film
Austria,
Spain
2015
103 minutes
subtitles: 
German
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Günter Schwaiger, Cristina G. Alía
Günter Schwaiger
Bence Boka, Los Linces
Günter Schwaiger
Günter Schwaiger, Martin Eller
Günter Schwaiger
Cristina García Alía
Gonzalo is a farmer of the old school who lives with his family in Castile. To be called an agronomist would probably be an insult to someone like him. His way of managing things is in many ways the opposite of the all-devouring economisation of all areas of life. But he only chose this existence as a resistance fighter half-freely – the other half was forced upon him. First of all by a tradition that’s effectively in his bones. Then by a deep rootedness in the soil that nourishes him. And finally by a sturdy philosophy that makes him say such simple and clear things like: “When everyone was throwing money out of the window and lighting fires with banknotes, our kind was considered outdated and backward. Now that most people have lost everything the others are no better off than us, and we are more or less the same.”

Empathetic “Schadenfreude” und a surrealist sense of humour are essential parts of Gonzalo’s rustic world. Günter Schwaiger’s affectionate long-term observation of this world could also be seen as cinematic medication to strengthen our immune system against the temptations of consumerism and agricultural capitalism – defences our mind urgently needs.

Ralph Eue

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
International Programme
The Night Ocean María Lorenzo

The sea and its dangers and temptations forms the background of reflection for a poem by Robert Hayward Barlow, contrasting the gay swinging society of the 1920s and 30s with the sad and dark beauty of a nocturnal walk by the water.

The Night Ocean

Animated Film
Spain
2015
12 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Enrique Millán Almenar
María Lorenzo
Armando Bernabeu Lorenzo
María Lorenzo
Jordi Abellán
María Lorenzo, Sergio Pilán, Rafael Andrés
María Lorenzo
Pedro Aviñó
The sea and its dangers and temptations forms the background of reflection for a poem by Robert Hayward Barlow, contrasting the gay swinging society of the 1920s and 30s with the sad and dark beauty of a nocturnal walk by the water. Using different materials and techniques, the animation underpins the poem’s wistfulness and lets us look into the soul of the poet who committed suicide at the age of 32.

Annegret Richter

The Other Side of the Wall

Documentary Film
Mexico,
Spain
2017
68 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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María Nova López, Emiliano Altuna, Carlos Rossini, Tatiana García
Pau Ortiz
Daniel Hidalgo
María Nova López
Frank Gutiérrez, Pau Ortiz
Carlo Massarelli
Sometimes 13-year-old Rocío suddenly becomes an adult woman worried about the future. This is mostly due to the fact that, together with her 18-year-old brother Alejandro, she has to take care of two younger siblings while their mother is in prison. It’s been more than two years that the teenagers have been holding the family together. But the extreme situation is wearing them out and they quarrel more and more frequently. The battles they fight are both copies of classic arguments between couples (“I’m the only one who tidies the house here!”) and expressions of their inner conflicts. Both want to be capable of handling difficult situations and “carry their own weight”. But especially pubescent Rocío feels, that “my relationship with myself”, as she puts it, has been less than perfect for a while.

This detailed filmic observation shows a family microcosm marked by overextension, but also by great warmth. Both Rocío and Ale use the conversations on camera as moments of reflection – both analysing their own situation with breathtaking precision and realism. This film is also an emphatic declaration of love by director Paul Ortiz to his young protagonists that will stay with the viewer for a long time.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann


Nominated for Young Eyes Film Award
International Programme
This Film Is About Me Alexis Delgado Búrdalo

Who is Renata? A charismatic woman behind bars, the femme fatale of a film noir? A lesson about the limits of the depictability of human nature and its secrets.

This Film Is About Me

Documentary Film
Spain
2019
61 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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José Alayón, Alexis Delgado Búrdalo, Irene Borrego, Luis Renart
Alexis Delgado Búrdalo
Alexis Delgado Búrdalo
Manuel Muños Rivas
Alexis Delgado Búrdalo
Francesco Lucarelli
“Who has no house now will not build him one. Who is alone now will be long alone, will waken, read, and write long letters and through the barren pathways up and down restlessly wander when dead leaves are blown.” Renata’s story begins with a recital of Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem “Autumn Day”. Even in this first shot it’s hard to ignore her charisma and the mental cinema begins when the film arrives at the prison. Who is she? What did she do? Did she kill someone? Why? Does she repent? Renata seems too much like the femme fatale of a classic film noir and her restlessness and forlornness are already reflected in the poet’s verses.

In conversations with the director and flirtatious, direct looks into the camera, Renata almost seems to want to be perceived like a film character. Bit by bit, we learn more about this woman and her personality, and about her counterpart who asks the questions. It is a double portrait of the filmmaker and his protagonist, even though the latter will probably never be captured entirely. A lesson about the limits of the depictability of human nature, its games and secrets.

Frederik Lang

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
International Programme
Winter Love Isabel Herguera

A winter landscape in Spain, hunters are crossing the field, bare shrubs stand out against the sky. In her atmospheric animation Isabel Herguera gathers a dreamy company of humans and animals around the table, set to the melancholy sound of a guitar.

Winter Love

Animated Film
Italy,
Spain
2015
8 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Isabel Herguera, Alessandro Ingaria
Isabel Herguera
Gianmarco Serra
Arun Prakash
Gianmarco Serra
Ranjeeta Rajeevan, Arun Prakash, Isabel Herguera
Isabel Herguera, Gianmarco Serra, Alessandro Ingaria
Gianmarco Serra, Xabi Erkizia
A winter landscape in Spain, hunters are crossing the field, bare shrubs stand out against the sky. In her atmospheric animation Isabel Herguera gathers a dreamy company of humans and animals around the table, set to the melancholy sound of a guitar. “Love me without talking” – silence unites, even evokes the mythical past and, quite in passing, joins painting and cut-out. A passionate appeal to listen to one’s interior and not to the murmur of the world.

Lars Meyer

Yellow

Animadoc
Spain,
USA
2016
4 minutes
subtitles: 
No
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Ana Pérez López
Ana Pérez López
Ana Pérez López
Ana Pérez López
Ana Pérez López
Laura Sofía Pérez
This fruit has been part of our cultural history for centuries and is now threatened by extinction through monocropping and a looming epidemic. Ana Pérez López lets us take part in her internet expedition to explore the fate of the Gros Michel banana with alert humour. A finely drawn chronicle which also uses relics of the media and everyday history of the 20th century to retrace how telegenic the industry banana is and will remain. Even if it will soon cease to exist.

Nadja Rademacher