A programme of short films and a conversation with directors Alba Bresolí and Meritxell Colell on the new wave of Catalan cinema and literature reflecting on the rural world and Catalan countryside.
In 2022, a Catalan film set in rural Catalonia won the Golden Bear in Berlinale (Alcarràs by Carla Simón) while mythical Catalonia was rediscovered in Irene Solà’s playful novel “When I Sing, Mountains Dance”, winner the European Union Prize for Literature and included in The Guardian’s Top Fiction of 2022.
Sometimes portrayed as a new trend, truth is Catalan literature and cinema has a long track record of authors seeking refuge and inspiration in the countryside. We take this opportunity to bring together a programme of short films and discuss the topic with Catalan Directors Alba Bresolí and Meritxell Colell – both who have directed films set in the countryside.
Portraying the beauty (and hardship) of a vanishing world and lifestyle that disappears in front of our eyes, we do so with crepuscular views as well as contemplation of beauty and landscape, and political commentary films taking on capitalism, depopulation and modern times in rural areas.