A still photo from Billy Wilder's 'Double Indemnity'

A touch of noir on the screen at the Fort Pienc Civic Center and the Institut Français

Both venues will screen films that are part of the parallel activities taking place around the BCNegra festival.

In an edition that is wide open to disciplines that lie beyond the novel, including comics, poetry and music, film will be playing a major role in the programme of the 2018 edition of BCNegra. In case you’re unfamiliar with the event, BCNegra is an eminently literary event devoted to crime fiction, which has taken place every year since 2005 between the end of January and the beginning of February. In the words of its new commissioner, the writer Carlos Zanón, the festival aims to "lend a voice to authors who faithfully keep their yearly appointment with the addicts of crimes committed in ink".

However, as we said, BCNegra is not just about novels. Two venues in the city are scheduled to host film screenings: the Ateneu Fort Pienc Civic Center and the Institut Français de Barcelona. Let's start with the second: the city’s bastion of French culture will host a cycle that vindicates the figure of director and screenwriter Jean-Pierre Melville, one of the greatest exponents of so called "polar" French crime thrillers.  A number of titles were screened on 15 January, but there are two films left to be seen: Le Doulos on 22 January, L'Armée des ombres on 29 January and Le cercle rouge on 5 February.

At Fort Pienc, the cycle started on 18 January with Orson Welles's A Touch of Evil, and the same evening also saw a lecture on the themes and visual motifs of the noir genre by Enric Ros. But we are still in time to see The Big Sleep (25 January), a 1946 film by Howard Hawks, and Double Indemnity (1 February), a 1944 film directed by Billy Wilder. Admission is free, but you must book in advance.

Additional information is available at the following link.

 

Publication date: Monday, 22 January 2018
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