A benchmark radar

D’A – Barcelona Film Festival has been consolidated in recent years as a cinematographic benchmark, a radar for the finest contemporary cinema and a stage for discovering new independent and alternative talents, both from Spain and abroad. Numerous filmmakers have expressed their delight at being included in the programme, thus sharing a space with admired colleagues and landmark films.

The fundamental goal of the festival and its programmers is to carefully select the films in such a way that an organic dialogue is established between them, meaning that they ultimately feed on each other. Over 120 films will be screened at this edition, with more than 50 teams presenting their work at the usual venues plus a few new additions. All of this in a context in which one cinema after another is disappearing from the city centre.

The fourteenth edition of the festival will offer a carefully selected range of films from international festivals, particularly new Spanish and Catalan cinema, together with a selection of newly released Catalan shorts, a Focus on the renowned French director Catherine Breillat, and a powerful official section with films that will be getting their Spanish premieres at the D’A. We will be opening with a free-roaming, poetic look at the world of the band Los Planetas as traced by Isaki Lacuesta and Pol Rodríguez, and we will close with Andrea Jaurrieta and a captivating feminist revenge thriller.

D’A Film Lab Barcelona, the industry section of the festival, in the form of a parallel event, continues to grow as it showcases new projects in the pipeline or that are still on the drawing board, providing the chance for them to be known by programmers from festivals such as Cannes, Venice, Locarno, Rotterdam, TIFF and New Horizons. This laboratory has become an essential platform for dialogue and networking between filmmakers and the industry, fine proof of this being the success achieved by some of the films that appeared in the 2023 Lab: CreaturaSobre todo de noche, La imatge permanent and Negu hurbilak.

In addition to a splendid bill of films, the festival also features a rich diversity of other attractions: music, with concert film sessions by Niño de Elche, Zabala and a performance by Lolo & Sosaku; parallel activities, debates, awards and, once again, the D’A Prize, which this year will be going to Alice Rohrwacher, director of the wonderful Happy as Lazzaro and the long-awaited La Chimera. Rohrwacher, who will be joining us in Barcelona to collect the award, will also be giving a master class, thus enriching the festival experience in a similar way to the emotive talk last year by Céline Sciamma.

D’A is more than likely leave us with unforgettable images and works for us to share and enjoy, many of which we will be cherishing for years. The results of the 2024 radar can be found on the pages of the printed programme, on the website and in the schedule. The films being presented by the observant Cristi Puiu, the mystic Tsai Ming-Liang, the combative Lisandro Alonso, the maestro Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the esteemed Hong Sangsoo, the ironic Liliana Torres, the incisive Catherine Breillat, the reflexive Clara Roquet, the irreverent Ion de Sosa, the analytical João Canijo, as well as all the film crews and the directors entering the competitive sections of the festival invite you to enjoy and engage with their work, a fine opportunity for you to turn on your own radars and share your own explorations. We can say in all confidence that all the pictures and authors that gather at D’A 2024 will be unleashing a full repertoire of emotions and impressions as nutritious and refreshing as they have been for all the members of the festival team.

Have a wonderful festival!

-Carlos R. Ríos


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Carlos R. Ríos
Carlos R. Ríos

Director of D'A - Barcelona Film Festival and of Noucinemart, a small independent film distributor.