Filmin presents one more year the Atlantida Film Fest, its summer online contest that returns to have a physical edition in Palma de Mallorca (July 27 to August 2).Despite the difficulties posed by the scenario derived from the coronavirus, those responsible for the contest They have managed to present an ambitious program with more than 113 titles (on platform), a record for Atlantis. Of course, there will be no lack of Spanish cinema from July 27 to August 27 on the platform, which will be represented mainly by Balearic films.
Two national documentaries will be in charge of opening and closing the 10th Edition of the Atlantida Film Fest in person. For starters there will be Destruccio Creativa d’una Ciutat, a documentary by Carles Bover. Boyer won the Goya for Best Documentary Short Film with Gaza, and is now approaching the reality of the structural and social problems of the city of Palma. To end the event, Semper diceus, by Joan Porcel, will be screened. A film dedicated to the singer Julia Colom that will continue to be shot that day at the event, which will end with a Colom concert.
The diver and Catalan generational films
Atlantida Film Fest 2020 is divided into 6 thematic blocks. One of them is called Domestika: a container of works that, according to the Festival communique, deal with “the intimacy of the citizen driven by politics and the economy.” Among them we find the co-production Spain-Austria-Germany The diver, directed and written by the Austrian Gunter Schwaiger and starring our international Àlex Brendemuhl, who plays a famous musician who lives in Ibiza and who is accused of having mistreated his ex-partner.
In the Generation Section we will find two Catalan films that have just been selected at other festivals. First is the story of El Sitio de Otto, a journey to maturity directed by the actor Oriol Puig and which has just passed through the BCN Film Fest, and the educational La nova escola, by the experienced Ventura Durall, who was already in Filmin for the DocsBarcelona. This part of the Festival is dedicated to the analysis of the “behavior of young European generations”.
Travel to and from Spain at the Atlantida Film Fest
In the part of Atlantida baptized as Controversy we find Meseta, by Juan Palacios. This documentary dedicated to the places and people that inhabit the Empty Spain won the Special Jury Mention for the Next: Wave Award at the CPH: DOX Festival (Denmark) and the Award for Best National Feature Film at the Barcelona Independent Film Festival, lʼAlternativa. Now she arrives stomping to this Section, where you can see “stories towards which indifference is prohibited”.
Beyond the dedicated peliculas, the most populated section of Spanish cinema at the Atlantida Film Fest is Muros y Fronteras, which is reserved for films that address the migration crisis in the European Union. Here we find the documentaries The writer of a country without bookstores, a film by Marc Serena that has already been in theaters and that deals with the situation in Equatorial Guinea; We Weren’t Born Refugees, by Claudio Zulian, with personal stories of migrants; Salka in no man’s land, by Xavi Herrero, a journey towards a better future by Mauritania that was also at DocsBarcelona, and Origen, a short film about Senegal that journalist Ana Pastor and her team from Newtral have produced.
To see enough of the new bets of local cinema, head to the Balearic Talent Section, where emerging filmmakers from the islands showcase their creations. Here we find the aforementioned opening and closing films, documentaries on the mythical Hotel Formentor ( Formentor, the sea of words ) and the musicians Pascal Comelade ( Comelade Constellation ) and Bernat Xamena ( Bocca chiusa ), the road-movie with Bruna Cusi Ardara, the medium-length film Estudi Harris and the shorts Je te tiens and Dona.