“How do you manage to shoot more in Catalan?”

BarcelonaOnly six fiction productions shot in Catalan are the data that the Catalan Film Academy gives as a preamble to this year’s nominations and the MNAC gala. “And how do you manage to shoot more in Catalan?”, I immediately ask when I see Judith Colell, the new president after the intense and profitable years of Isona Passola. “I don’t know, we have a lot more work than I imagined we would have. We need a lot of complicity and the Generalitat needs to be much more involved ”. We are at the party of Gaudí candidates at the Old Estrella Damm Factory, one of those meetings that the Academy has cemented precisely so that this kind of complicity that Colell asks for is tangible and not abstractions that are good to say.

One of the first to arrive is the hyperactive producer Tono Folguera, who this year has been surpassed: Mediterranean, Freedom i Balandrau. I ask him if he can rest from time to time: “I miss him. I’ll do it the day I manage to make a movie that gives me some money! ” He is accompanied by his partner Danielle Schleif, screenwriter of Mediterranean, and his son Son, who debuts at a party. Also, of course, Marcel Barrena, director of the film about Open Arms, with whom we talk about collections: “In Catalonia it has gone very well, in Spain a little less well. A closed wound like ETA a has attracted more attention Maixabel that not an open wound like the shipwrecks of refugees at sea ”. He is happy, he doesn’t stop presenting the film in school sessions – at the Vedruna del Raval school and at the Lurdes de Sant Gervasi, for example – and some nominations for the Goyas would go a long way in reactivating the film’s flame.

Neus Ballús is also happy. There is a lot of talk about Six days in a row, which is presented tomorrow at L’Alternativa, the festival that is now energizing and fertilizing the city with risky and diverse cinema. Barrena asks Colell’s companion for the vote: “Man, but as director I will vote for Neus, eh?”

Diversity, explains Colell when he takes the floor to address the audience, is also a pending subject in Catalan cinema and its professionals. Sexual, gender, functional, class diversity … “The visibility of this diversity can contribute to making a world a little better. It’s important that we put our necks in it “, he emphasizes. If there is any point of diversity and cinephile brilliance today in Barcelona, ​​it is, without a doubt, the Cinemes Girona, which never ceases to premiere and program shows and festivals with a very good reception from the public: “This month we are boiling, it is a madness ”, exclaims who is his soul, the great Toni Espinosa, who is also a producer of Mia and Moi. Very good news that a cinema is boiling with what needs to be boiling, with films and spectators. The city has a beat, though.

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