Catalan Shorts 2020 Selection I
Online: 19 Nov – 6 Dec (Globally) Get your tickets here
Short Film continues to be at the heart of the festival. Once again we bring together our favorite Catalan Shorts of the year. It’s the house specialty, so make sure you don’t miss our 2020 Official Selection Programmes I and II and our Shorts Retrospectives.
In this programme you will find big auteurs like Summer 1993 director Carla Simón returning to short film to impress us even more her Berlinale-winning directorial debut did. Radical and surrealistic perspectives on the almost-certainly-guaranteed apocalypse coming soon and how humanity are contributing to it, as well as the last short film masterpiece by Anna Solannas and Marc Riba – our favourite puppet animation stop motion duo in the world. Candela and Pol.len are two sides of the same coin, in one we see a young woman returning to her neighborhood to find out that the community has given space to airbnbs and tourism, in the other we see an old woman getting increasingly isolated and forgotten in the suburbs of the same city. Two different women are also connected by the flames of two fires in Ara Crema and Els Que Callen, both originated from a very personal trauma.
This is a ridiculously strong programme of short films.
MORE ABOUT THE FILMS
DESPUÉS TAMBIÉN (If Then Else)
26 min – 2019
Director: Carla Simón
Alex comes to a village bar looking for someone. Edu is dancing it like a madman ignoring that someone has come to look for him.
8 min – 2020
Director: Aida and Alba Bresolí
The documentary portrays tourists in Europe’s largest resort, advertised as a tropical “One World Village”. Nestled in a parallel world, the resort offers freedom, security and relaxation.
11 min – 2020
Director: Marc Riba, Anna Solanas
Mrs. Candela spends the last days of her life in a decaying suburb of a big city.
16 min – 2019
Director: Blanca Camell Galí
Anna, who has moved abroad, returns for a few days to Barcelona. Back in her home city, she is haunted by her past love Alex as she walks through the neighborhood in which they used to live. However, mass tourism has greatly transformed the city, and, when Anna discovers that their old apartment is now an Airbnb rental, a flood of memories overwhelms her.
01 min – 2020
Director: Núria Gascón Bartomeu
The sofa, the fire, the silhouette. A home that disappears into ashes. After a thirteen-year confinement in that house, it took more to face those images.
LA DIGNITAT (Dignity)
20 min – 2019
Director: David Gonzàlez
Mary and her son Jesus leave home. They said goodbye to their father and had to leave him alone. They will not be able to return until noon, they will have to go around the neighborhood as if nothing had happened, as if it were a day like any other. Jesus tries to contact his sister as their father has asked them to do. Maria doesn’t want to know anything about it.
MAREAS OCULTAS (Hidden Tides)
10 min – 2019
Director: Mònica Cambra
A tribute to the sea and to the honest view of the crew of a fishing boat struggling to combat marine pollution.
ELS QUE CALLEN (They Remained Silent)
18 min – 2019
Director: Albert Folk
A scrupulous lawyer with a high sense of responsibility is appointed to defend one of the accused of the so-called “ATM’s crime”, where three young men burned a homeless woman. A pact with the accusation seems the most obvious solution, but when she first meets her client, he strongly refuses to plead guilty.
TU ÚLTIMO DÍA EN LA TIERRA (The Last Day on Earth)
13 – 2020
Director: Marc Martínez Jordán
A Fox-dressed man breaks the space time limits with only one goal: to spend some time with his dead wife. But underneath this facade lies a far more complex and ambitious plan.
DON’T MISS | Q&A’s
Short is Biutiful! Q&A’s with the directors of the Catalan Shorts 2020. Short film was the origin and remains the heart of the festival. This year we widened the selection to 15 shorts, and our team had a short talk with most of the directors selected.
CinemaAttic wants to thank all the institutions, partners and friends who made the Catalan Film Festival in this challenging year: