FESTIVAL OPENING SHORTS

The House Special. Join us for the Opening Party of the Catalan Film Festival! 

Our Opening Night in Edinburgh brings together a selection of internationally awarded Catalan short-films preceded by a interactive celebration of traditional Castellers show (Human Towers) thanks to our friends at the Colla Castellera d’Edinburgh and followed by a popular Catalan tapas dinner, server by INDABA deli to round up an unmissable festival opening night. We are thankful for the support of the Centre Català d’Escòcia!

A true celebration reclaiming the social value of cinema and community spirit. An evening not to be missed! Tickets ready and available here.

The programme of films for the opening night includes films seen in Locarno, Warsaw, Vancouver, Palm Springs or BFI Flare London festivals. Films full of festive spirit, lightness and love, as well as beautiful nostalgic and thought provoking films.

EDINBURGH:
Where: St Peter’s Episcopal Church Hall (14 Lutton Place, Edinburgh EH8 9PE)
When: Saturday 21 January, doors open at 19:00, screening starts at 19:30

GLASGOW:
Where: CCA (350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD)
When: Friday 3rd February, doors open at 19:00, screening starts at 19:30
+ Q&A WITH DAVID MORAGAS AND MARGA ALMIRALL

DUNDEE:
Where: DCA (152 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4EA)
When: Sunday 12th February, 15:30

 

FILMS

PONTO FINAL – Miguel López Beraza
Original title: Ponto Final
Year: 2022
Duration: 22 min
Language: Portuguese, Spanish
Subtitles: English
Showing in Edinburgh only

Synopsis: This movie is an excuse, a cure and a healing process. The director returns to his parents’ house and proposes that they play Marcello Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve, a couple of actors with whom they had a certain resemblance when they were young. This role-playing game will serve as a pretext to talk about the cancer that both his Mother and Father overcame and the fear of loss.

Festivals:

Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid – SEMINCI
Warsaw Film Festival (Winner: Short Grand Prix)
L’Alternativa – Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona
VIFF – Vancouver International Film Festival

ON THE EMPTY DANCEFLOOR – Pablo García Canga

Year: 2022
Duration: 27 min
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Showing in: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Synopsis: Do you also record audio messages and delete them before sending? An incredibly emotional film . Ana records an audio message for an old friend. Doubt. What should be remembered? What should be forgotten? What words to use to close old wounds? Sometimes the borders between admiration, friendship, love, resentment or hatred are confused in us. This is a short film that aims to capture that: the confusion of feelings, their contradiction.

Festivals:
Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid – SEMINCI, ALCINE

TOMORROW THEN – David Moragas (dir: David Moragas)

Original title: Demà ho deixem
Year: 2022
Duration: 16 min
Language: Catalan
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Showing in: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Synopsis: Marc and Jordi meet again after a few days apart. They are in an open relationship but for the first time and in the course of just twelve hours they are dealing with new emotional territory.

Festivals:
Premis Gaudi – Nominated to Best Catalan Short Film
D’A Barcelona (Winner: Audience Award)
Raindance London
Palm Springs Shortfest
BFI Flare London

THAT FLEETING ESSENCE LEFT BY WHAT HAPPENED – Carolina Asturdillo

Original title: Esa fugaz esencia que dejaron los hechos
Year: 2022
Duration: 11 min
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Showing in: Edinburgh & Dundee

Synopsis: I look for that closeness, the vestige of an alternative story to the official one that needs to be saved from oblivion. I am looking for the historical strength of those women considered by the patriarchy as exceptions, footnotes. I seek to turn the intentional trace into an object that lives and throbs, that steps out of time and thus, feel, that fleeting essence left by events (Astudillo)

CASTELLS – Blanca Camell
Original title: Castells
Year: 2022
Duration: 21 min
Language: Catalan, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Showing in: Edinburgh and Dundee

Synopsis: After breaking up with Boris, Lara returns to her hometown Barcelona. There, her friends, lovers and the Catalan traditions of the Castells will change her dreams and desires.

Festivals:
Locarno Film Festival
FICX – Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijón/Xixón

Summary
Event
FESTIVAL OPENING SHORTS EDINBURGH
Location
St Peter's Church, Lutton Pl, Newington,,Edinburgh,-EH8 9PE
Starting on
21/01/2023
Ending on
21/01/2023
Description
The House Special. Join us for the Opening Party of the Catalan Film Festival!  Our Opening Night brings together a selection of internationally awarded Catalan short-films preceded by a interactive celebration of traditional Castellers show (Human Towers) thanks to our friends at the Colla Castellera d'Edinburgh and followed by a popular Catalan tapas dinner courtesy by the Centre Català d’Escòcia to round up an unmissable festival opening night. A true celebration reclaiming the social value of cinema and community spirit. An evening not to be missed! Tickets ready and available here. The programme of films for the opening night includes films seen in Locarno, Warsaw, Vancouver, Palm Springs or BFI Flare London festivals. Films full of festive spirit, lightness and love, as well as beautiful nostalgic and thought provoking films. FILMS: PONTO FINAL - Miguel López Beraza Original title: Ponto Final Year: 2022 Duration: 22 min Language: Portuguese, Spanish Subtitles: English Synopsis: This movie is an excuse, a cure and a healing process. The director returns to his parents' house and proposes that they play Marcello Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve, a couple of actors with whom they had a certain resemblance when they were young. This role-playing game will serve as a pretext to talk about the cancer that both his Mother and Father overcame and the fear of loss. Festivals: Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid - SEMINCI Warsaw Film Festival (Winner: Short Grand Prix) L'Alternativa - Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona VIFF - Vancouver International Film Festival ON THE EMPTY DANCEFLOOR - Pablo García Canga Year: 2022 Duration: 27 min Language: Spanish Subtitles: English Synopsis: Do you also record audio messages and delete them before sending? An incredibly emotional film . Ana records an audio message for an old friend. Doubt. What should be remembered? What should be forgotten? What words to use to close old wounds? Sometimes the borders between admiration, friendship, love, resentment or hatred are confused in us. This is a short film that aims to capture that: the confusion of feelings, their contradiction. Festivals: Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid - SEMINCI, ALCINE TOMORROW THEN - David Moragas (dir: David Moragas) Original title: Demà ho deixem Year: 2022 Duration: 16 min Language: Catalan Subtitles: English, Spanish Synopsis: Marc and Jordi meet again after a few days apart. They are in an open relationship but for the first time and in the course of just twelve hours they are dealing with new emotional territory. Festivals: Premis Gaudi - Nominated to Best Catalan Short Film D'A Barcelona (Winner: Audience Award) Raindance London Palm Springs Shortfest BFI Flare London LITTLE GIRLS ALWAYS SAY THE TRUTH - Virginia G del Pino Original title: Las niñas siempre dicen la verdad Year: 2021 Duration: 11 min Language: Spanish Subtitles: English Synopsis: Virginia G del Pino, one of the most relevant documentary filmmakers of Spanish Contemporary Cinema brings together poetry and a playful film essay with a free adaptation of Rosa Berbel's book of the same name, awarded Youth Poetry Award in 2021. The year 2030, the wind, will bring an imperfect future in which a great machine will irradiate poems so that the bird-men can never touch them again. Festivals: FICX – Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijón/Xixón, ZINEBI – Festival Internacional de Cine Documental y Cortometraje de Bilbao CASTELLS - Blanca Camell Original title: Castells Year: 2022 Duration: 21 min Language: Catalan, French Subtitles: English, Spanish Synopsis: After breaking up with Boris, Lara returns to her hometown Barcelona. There, her friends, lovers and the Catalan traditions of the Castells will change her dreams and desires. Festivals: Locarno Film Festival FICX – Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijón/Xixón
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