Having consolidated its position as one of the leading international festivals dedicated to the screening and promotion of documentary films, the 16th edition of DocsBarcelona begins with a change of date. The festival, which used to be held in February, has been moved to the spring (28th May to 2nd June) while maintaining its commitment to offering both audiences and the film industry an extensive selection of the best in current documentary film.
The CCCB and seven other cinemas throughout the city will be showing a total of 38 films over a period of seven days, opening with the animated documentary for all audiences titled Approved For Adoption, by Laurent Boileau and Jung Henin, and closing with North of the Sun, a Norwegian film by Ige Wegge and Jørn Nyseth Ranum dealing with the world of surf.
Between these two dates, DocsBarcelona will be offering a wide range of projects, many of which deal with decidedly contemporary issues such as the consequences of the financial crisis (The Queen of Versailles), corruption (The Network, Checkmate: Strategy of a Revolution), extreme violence (The Act of Killing), or the future of internet (Google i el cervell mundial (Google and the World Brain)).
In addition, film makers such as Fredrik Gertten, who will be presenting Bananas! and Big Boys Gone Bananas!, and Michael Glawogger, who will be presenting Whore’s Glory, will be giving master classes and, among other novelties, the festival will be transforming some of the celluloid experiences to real life. For example, the documentary film Bajarí, by Eva Vila, which deals with the world of flamenco, will be accompanied by a performance by Karime Amaya, grandniece of Carmen Amaya and one of the upcoming artists on the contemporary flamenco scene.
As is customary, DocsBarcelona will also be offering the industry one of the world’s most prestigious markets for project presentation and financing, the Pitching Forum, as well as other activities specifically directed at industry professionals.
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