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This year's DocsBarcelona festival is bursting with thought-provoking documentary films.
The festival programme opens on Wednesday May 29th with the poetic Approved for Adoption, an animated documentary based on the comic book Coloeur de peau: Miel by Jung. The story follows Jung’s life, from his adoption as a four-year-old into a Belgian family, to his return to Korea many years later to reconnect with his origins. DocsBarcelona will screen 38 films over the course of the week, and will close on Sunday June 2nd with North of the Sun, a film about two young surfers and their quest for the world’s most spectacular waves.
Apart from the official section, there is also New Talent, featuring new proposals by emerging filmmakers, Xtra, a noncompetitive section, and Kids & Teens, aimed at entertaining and engaging younger audiences.
The majority of the documentaries will be shown at the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB). Screenings will also take place at seven other locations: Cinemas Renoir Floridablanca, Filmoteca de Catalunya, Aribau Club, Aribau Multicines, La Pedrera’s Auditorium and the public libraries Vilapicina, Torre Llobeta and Esquerra de l’Eixample-Agustí Centelles.
But DocsBarcelona is not only for viewing, but participating too. The festival promotes discussion and debate about documentary film-making as a creative art form with Master Classes.
There will be a talk entitled ‘From people to puppets. Documentaries and animation, a meeting point’ on Thursday May 30th at 5pm. The event is free to attend and will be conducted in French and Spanish with English and Catalan translation. This year’s ‘7 Shots 7’ event will feature seven shots or sequences from the work of prominent director Michael Glawogger, which will serve as a starting point for discussion about the power and potential of audiovisual language. This Master Class is in English with Catalan translation and costs 6€ (or 5€ with discount). The case study ‘From Bananas! to Big Boys Gone Bananas!’ will take place on Friday May 31st at 5pm and will explore how socially-minded filmmaker Fredrick Gertten was threatened by the corporation he condemned in his films. The cost is 6€ (or 5€ with a discount), and is in Spanish with English translation. The final master class, ‘My first documentary’, is free and will be a chance for four directors to share their hopes, processes, and challenges when making their first film. It will be held on Friday May 31st at 7pm, in Spanish and Catalan with English translation.
DocsBarcelona also hosts a pitching forum, a place for budding filmmakers to pitch and promote their work to potential financiers and film distributors.
For more information on DocsBarcelona, including the festival programme and ticketing information, click here.