After two difficult years, it is time to talk about a long-awaited return. We are back in full person, with no limits on capacity and an immense desire to share, to go back to enjoying movies as a truly collective experience. This is reflected in the image of this year’s festival, which depicts the embraces that we have had to restrain for too long. It is now time to throw ourselves back into the arms of cinema, in every sense of the idea, trying to find room for all kinds of audiences, and filmmakers too. We are convinced that we can do just that, having programmed 127 films, including 47 short films, and about fifty teams that will present them and chat with the festival audience. This selection includes some of the most anticipated titles of the year, headed by the phenomenal Alcarràs, by Carla Simon, and followed by new pictures from the likes of Terence Davies, Joanna Hogg, Hong Sang-soo, Miguel Gomes, Mia Hansen-Love and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. We will also be sharing the creations of new talents, reinforcing more than ever the Talents and Uno Impulso Colectivo competitive sections and recovering and increasing the D’A Film Lab programme, a professional space that is sure to become one of the cornerstones of the festival and an essential event for aspiring national filmmakers. Neither have we forgotten the domestic format. We are thrilled to be back in the movie theatres with a bang, but we are also maintaining our online presence so audiences can accompany us however they prefer. That’s why we are launching a competitive section, Filmin Emergents, with eight titles that can only be viewed on the VOD platform. Likewise, the theatre programme can only be seen in person. And finally, we should also highlight the Focus section, a retrospective that this year is not focusing on any particular director but on an event, Cannes Critics’ Week, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary and for which the D’A is its exclusive ambassador in Spain, with eleven films being presented in association with the Filmoteca de Catalunya. This is, in short, a D’A to enjoy and share.
-The Team D’A