From the 19th to the 22nd of February the Independent North American Film Festival of Barcelona will screen seventeen films, including much-awaited “Night Moves”, “Selma”, “Buzzard” and “Rich Hill”, winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary
Last year, the first edition of Americana, the Independent North American Film Festival of Barcelona, attracted more than 2400 spectators to the Cinemes Girona, selling out eight of the twelve programmed sessions, a level of success that has resulted in the second edition of the festival increasing both the number of cinema halls used by the festival (all three halls) and the number of films screened, a total of seventeen.
Americana is divided into two sections: American Tops, which will include the cream of the most-eagerly-awaited indie films that have either won awards in, or been present at numerous festivals, and American Next, which will feature first-time and relatively unknown directors. The first section includes the film chosen to open the festival, Before I Disappear, which concerns a depressed young man who has to take care of his sister’s daughter for a few hours.
The section also includes the Kelly Reichardt’s much-awaited Night Moves, in which Jesse Eisenberg takes on the role of an ecologist, the animated film Cheatin, by one of the maximum exponents in the field, Bill Plympton, the comedy Listen Up Philip, in which Jason Schwartzman interprets a narcissistic writer, and Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, about a Japanese woman who believes the bag of money buried in the film Fargo is real. In one of the sessions Kumiko... will be shown alongside the well-known film by the Coen brothers. The section will also include the Sundance Film festival award winning documentary Rich Hill and will close with Selma, a nominee for Best Film at this year’s Academy Awards.
The American Next section will include such films as Buzzard, the critically-acclaimed satire on the world of employment, The Heart Machine, a long-distance, internet love story with an air of film noir, and The Better Angels, a film about Abraham Lincoln’s childhood produced by Terrence Malick.
The festival will also offer animation and stop-motion workshops for children as well as two free sessions featuring the first episodes of Transparent and Better Call Saul, a spin-off on Breaking Bad. The Filmoteca has programmed a parallel series of screenings from the 10th to the 22nd of February featuring films from the 90s and the early 21st century such as Requiem for a Dream, Reservoir Dogs and Welcome to the Dollhouse.
Americana: The Independent North American Film Festival of Barcelona
When: From the 19th to the 22nd of February
Tickets: 5€ per film, with the option of packs and special prices for certain sessions
Where: Cinemes Girona
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