Directed by Elena Martín
2017, 90 min, digital. In German and Catalan with English subtitles.
Julia decides to leave Barcelona to study in Berlin. She won’t think about leaving home too much, ready for an adventure. The city, cold and gray, gives her an icier welcome than she expected, and confronts her expectations with the harsh reality: Julia’s new life seems to be far from the one she imagined in the classrooms of Barcelona.
Directed by Chico Pereira
2017, 86 min, digital. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Manolo, who leads a simple life in Southern Spain, loves two things: his animals and wandering through nature. Against the advice of his doctor, he decides to plan one last trek in the U.S., the brutal 2,200-mile Trail of Tears, but not without his donkey. As their adventure continues, Manolo’s wondrous friendship with his animal finds a beautiful equilibrium. Will they find the American West? More importantly, will they be able to see life as it is, and not as it should be?
Directed by Adrián Orr
2017, 72 min, digital. In Spanish with English subtitles.
David, aka “Niñato,” a young, unemployed single father and occasional rapper, lives with his parents, his child, his sister, and his niece. In the midst of this rather peculiar family life, he tries to preserve a few minutes for himself and his passion for rhyme and music. David’s dedication to keeping his dream alive reinforces his concern with the education of the children, especially the youngest, Oro. Little by little, Oro’s growing confidence and his father’s passion seem to reinforce each other in mutual harmony, and we sense that David has succeeded in passing on what Oro needs to find his own way in life.
The Sea Stares at Us From Afar
Directed by Manuel Muñoz
2017, 92 min, digital. In Spanish with English subtitles.
The legend of an ancient and forgotten civilization lies buried beneath a large expanse of dunes. For more than a century, certain travelers have reached this remote and desolate territory looking for the traces of ancient inhabitants, the ruins of a city, or perhaps a sort of lost utopia. Ignorant of these myths and the romantic delusions of archaeologists and adventurers, a few men, barely visible among the sands, today inhabit in solitude that place facing the sea.
Directed by Luis López Carrasco
2017, 23 min, digital. In Spanish with English subtitles.
“This world has always seemed to me to be somewhat strange, somewhat alien to all of my emotions.” An alien is a foreigner, an outcast, and, in popular culture, an inhabitant from another planet. Tesa Arranz, a key figure in the 1980s Madrid scene and the lead singer of the Zombies, has painted over 500 portraits of outer-space creatures. Confronting the singer’s paintings with the memories of her youth, her poems and diaries, ALIENS depicts an emotional landscape in Spanish history where happiness, nightmarish experimentations, and alienation walked hand-in-hand.
THE DISINHERITED / LOS DESHEREDADOS
Directed by Laura Ferrés
2017, 18 min, digital. In Catalan and Spanish with English subtitles.
A portrait of the director’s father as he faces the end of his family business. Pere Ferrés is 53 years old and owns a small bus company. His straitened circumstances force him to drive drunken bachelor-party-bound revelers who destroy his vehicle, but he is not prepared to lose his dignity.
Directed by Tono Mejuto
2018, 12 min, digital, b&w.
A dance film that captures the research and choreographic process of Javier Martín for his work ‘the exform,’ performed for the first time in September 2016 at the Teatro Colón of A Coruña, Spain. Filmed on 16mm, QUIASMA explores the intersection between performing and visual arts in a context of collective research around the arts of movement.
Directed by César Pesquera
2017, 8 min, digital. In English.
Part art film, part documentary, SANTA ANA aims to elucidate the link between evil and the famed Santa Ana winds in Southern California, which are supposedly responsible for a tense, uneasy, wrathful mood among the people of Los Angeles.