Homage to Catalonia returns to Scotland in September
It’s a fact. September will see the return of Homage to Catalonia – Scotland’s Catalan Film Festival in its new improved and extended format. A week of features and shorts, poetry, spoken word, talks and special events. Cinemaattic announced today the first wave of films included in the 2017 lineup, taking place this September 27-30 in Edinburgh and October 3-5 in Glasgow.
First venues confirmed to join for the second edition are Summerhall, CCA Glasgow and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. The opening night and main hub is now confirmed to be Edinburgh’s veterinary school turned pioneer Arts Centre, Summerhall. Meanwhile Glasgow screenings will take place in one of Scotland’s top venues, the Centre for Contemporary Arts, CCA Glasgow .
Something unique is going on in Catalonia and we’re here to show Scots why Cannes, Berlin and other film meccas are turning their attention towards the ever effervescent Catalan film industry
With the support of Institut Ramon Llull, Catalan Films and Estrella Damm, the festival grows from an annual single showcase to a week-long festival. Among the films selected Cinemaattic have carefully chosen a representative collection of features and short films to portray Catalan society from its most folkloric and rural villages to the ever creative and inspiring capital Barcelona.
The project was born from an initial idea to show scottish audiences the best short films made in Catalonia and developed into a week-long celebration of all things Catalan. Therefore, short-films will be central to the programme, especially after two Catalan short filmmakers (Juanjo Gimenez and Laura Ferres) returned from Cannes in 2016 and 2017 with awards (including a Palm d’Or) and yet two catalan shorts (Timecode and Graffiti) did run for the Academy Awards this year.
Juanjo Gimenez’s Timecode, Lluís Quílez’s Graffiti, Xavier Marrades’ Cucli and the latest and darkest proposal from animation masters Anna Solanas and Marc Riba, Cavalls Morts, are amongst the titles confirmed to be in the short film programme.
The programme for this year expands into both fiction and documentary feature-length films. From historical films exploring the resistance movement of Barcelona throughout the Spanish civil war to new documentary styles. Cinemaattic will guide viewers on an apocalyptic journey of mind blowing visuals with a screening of Dead Slow Ahead by Mauro Herce.
“We will present the best of contemporary Catalan cinema because we believe the platforms responsible for it (Acadèmia, Filmoteca Catalunya, CatalanFilms&TV, TV3, film schools such as ESCAC or Pompeu Fabra University and distribution companies such as Marvin&Wayne) are doing things in simple and wise fashion
Relevant guests and artists will travel to Edinburgh & Glasgow to host industry talks, masterclasses and special events.
More surprises will be announced throughout the summer. May you go now and enjoy a well deserved break, but keep an eye on this space. A wave of Mediterranean heat will hit Scottish screens in September.
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Homage to Catalonia is an event supported by Institut Ramon Llull, Centre Catala d’Escocia and Estrella Damm.