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The Departed (Martin Scorsese, 2006, US) – Monday 29th June, 10pmMartin Scorsese's film kicks off this year's Sala Montjuïc. In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on organised crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Costello. While Billy is quickly gaining Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the police department as an informer for the syndicate, is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit.
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Hidden (Michael Haneke, 2005, France) – Wednesday 1st July, 10pmA married couple (Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche) are terrorised by a series of videotapes planted on their front porch that may be the direct result of an event from their past.A smart marriage of the thriller genre with a compendium of strong ideas about guilt, racism, recent French history and cinema itself, Michael Haneke's eighth feature is an unsettling, self-reflective masterpiece.
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The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock, 1963, US) – Friday 3rd July, 10pmA wealthy San Francisco playgirl pursues a potential boyfriend to a small northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people there in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness.
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No Country for Old Men (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007, US) – Monday 6th July, 10pm, USSet near the Rio Grande, No Country for Old Men traces a hunter's mysterious discovery of dead bodies, a packet containing heroin and over $2 million in cash. Pocketing the money, he finds himself pursued by two very different men: Tommy Lee Jones' world-weary sheriff Ed Bell; and Javier Bardem's taciturn fixer Anton Chigurh.
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Safety Last! (Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor, 1923, US) – Friday 10th July, 10pmHarold Lloyd plays 'The Boy', a modest country boy who has his sights set on wealth and success although working in a department store as he does seems an unlikely way for him to achieve his goal. However, his fortunes change when his manager announces that he will offer $1,000 to anyone who can entice more customers to the store. Lloyd has an idea. He asks his friend 'The Fly' to climb up the building to get people's attention. Unfortunately, it isn't the kind of attention Lloyd was hoping for. His friend turns out to be a wanted criminal and when the police turn up, Lloyd must help in the pursuit.
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Volver (Pedro Almodóvar, 2007, Spain) – Monday 13th July, 10pmSet in Spain, this is a generational story about two daughters who, as children, lost their parents during a fire: now grown-up, one of the women (Penelope Cruz) is a good mother carrying a hard life upon her shoulders, while the other is an illegal hairdresser whose shop is the meeting point for all the neighbourhood gossip. When Cruz's drunken and abusive partner assaults her daughter, catastrophe strikes. Family secrets and mysteries become more and more complicated - will the truth be revealed?
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Festen (Thomas Vinterberg, 1999, Denmark, Sweden) – Wednesday 15th July, 10pmA darkly comic journey into forbidden family territory. No one can ignore a person like Danish patriarch Helge Klingenfeldt. So on his 60th birthday, friends and relatives gather for a celebration at his country estate. Ever since the death of his twin sister two months prior, the prodigal son Christian is more haunted than usual. The time has come for the darkest family secrets to be revealed, and it must be done in their father's style—with flair and malice.
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La nuit américaine (FrançoisTruffaut, 1973, France) – Friday 17th July, 10pmA film company at work; actors arrive and depart; liaisons develop. Julie, the beautiful but possibly unstable lead, is recovering from a breakdown, aided by an older physician, her new husband. Alphonse is insecure, he babbles. When his fiancé leaves with a stunt man, he threatens to quit. Julie must convince him to stay. Alexandre, a consummate pro on the set, runs back and forth to the airport hoping a certain young man will visit. Severine, no longer young, hits the bottle and covers blown lines with emotional outbursts. At the center is Ferrand, the writer director, who must make constant decisions, answer a stream of questions, and deliver the film on schedule.
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In Bruges (Martin Mc Donagh, 2008, UK, US) – Monday 20th July, 10pmBruges, the most well-preserved medieval city in the whole of Belgium, is a welcoming destination for travellers from all over the world. But for hit men Ray and Ken, it could be their final destination; a difficult job has resulted in the pair being ordered to go and cool their heels in the storybook Flemish city for a couple of weeks right before Christmas. Very much out of place amidst the Gothic architecture, canals and cobbled streets, the two hit men fill their days living the lives of tourists. Ray, still haunted by bloodshed in London, hates the place, while Ken, even as he keeps a fatherly eye on Ray's often profanely funny exploits, finds his mind and soul being expanded by the beauty and serenity of the city.
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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu, 2007, Rumania) – Wednesday 22nd July, 10pmThe story of a forbidden abortion in the late era of Ceaucescu's dictatorship. This film received the Palme d'Or Award at the 2007 Cannes Festival.
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Wall-E (Andrew Stanton, 2008, US) – Wednesday 29th July. 10pmAfter hundreds of lonely years doing what he was built for, WALL-E (short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) discovers a new purpose in life (besides collecting knick-knacks and looking after his pet cockroach), when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE.
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Other films to be screened include:The Edge of Heaven (Fatih Akin, 2007, Germany, Turkey) – Wednesday 8th July, 10pm; Turtles Can Fly (Bahman Gohbadi, 2004, Iran, France, Irak) – Friday 24th July, 10pm; Junebug (Phil Morrison, 2005, USA); Monday 27th July, 10pm
It’s a Barcelona summer classic, no doubt about it—a gigantic screen attached to the side of Montjuïc Castle on which, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in July, are projected a range of films for the viewing delight of a public stretched out in deckchairs, happily enjoying picnics and snuggling under blankets when the night air turns a little chilly.
Sala Montjuïc returns on June 29th with all the essential elements that have made it so popular for the past six years: a concert while people find their patch of ground, a screening of Catalan and Spanish shorts followed by the main movie (in original version).
A variety of films in 35mm will be shown on a giant screen every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday night at 10pm for five weeks. All films will be shown in their original versions with Spanish subtitles. This year’s picks include recent hits like No Country For Old Men alongside classics such as Hitchcock’s The Birds; social and political themes are dealt with in the 2004 feature Turtles Can Fly from Kurdish-Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi, the first film to be made in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein, and Palme d’Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days about illegal abortion in Ceausescu's Romania.
Different musicians and bands will play live music prior to each screening starting around 9pm, so bring your family and a picnic dinner and enjoy a summer’s evening on the lawn.
Tickets are sold by the Montjuïc castle starting at 8.30pm for €5, or you can purchase your tickets in advance at www.servicaixa.com. Deckchairs will be on offer for €3.
Click on the slideshow to find out what films are on this year and when