This year we will screen six films made by women directors from Catalonia, Spain.
The Institut Ramon Llull (institution which promotes Catalan language and culture abroad) and Catalan Films & TV (the program for the international promotion of Catalan audiovisual industry used by ICEC/Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies) is pleased to present this Focus as part of the program of the prestigious Nara International Film Festival (NIFF), which falls under the Catalan Government’s Japan Plan. A Focus about films directed by women, curated by the Catalan filmmaker Lluís Miñarro.
Summer in a small Spanish Mediterranean village... friends, fun, fiestas and a whole load of dreams just waiting to come true. Lis will never be the same again, in this coming-of-age dramedy.
A Thief’s Daughter
Sara, 22, has just had a baby and wants to lead a normal life with her younger brother. After years of absence and a long period in jail, their father, Manuel, decides to suddenly reappear in their lives. Just as things start to get better for her, Sara will have to make the toughest decision of her life. She will need to ward off her father from her beloved ones or face the fear to start from scratch.
A coming and going from the past to the present, from the city remembered to the city lived. Cinema, friendship and poetry between two continents.
Marga is bored of her routine: Every day, she gets up and goes to work at a local slaughterhouse, then takes the bus home after dark, goes to bed and waits to repeat the same motions the next day. That is until something completely unexpected catches her attention, a cow looks straight at her, and for the first time in her life, she realizes what she really wants to do.
Local tales tell of a small town built on top of a Spanish Civil War battlefield. Mar arrives at the town to spend the strangest summer of her life after her parents’ divorce. She takes refuge in these mysterious post-war tales and in a group of teenagers that adhere to some rules unknown to her. She discovers a fascinating place and makes peace with her dad, mending family ties with this country’s memorial history.
Alba is twelve years old and wants to discover the mysterious, fascinating and unknown reality of death. With her best friend Samuel, she enters abandoned houses, travels through forgotten villages and explores remote mountains that hide another parallel world. Here is a journey to reveal the unexplainable conflict between the living and the dead.
Curator|Filmmaker Lluís Miñarro
Films from Catalonia. Dear Cinephiles attending NIFF, This year, I am very proud to introduce to you all some recent selections of films made by our young women filmmakers.This Focus, organized for the first time in Japan, allows you the chance to come close to an unknown cinematography and to discover part of our character.You can attend 5 feature films, 1 short film and 1 film in the international competition.Don’t miss this opportunity and enjoy the art or movies!