One of the great things about D’A Film Festival Barcelona is the attention it pays to Spanish and Catalan cinema on the outer bounds of the industry, with challenging, radical independent movies that often find it hard to find a place on traditional theatre screens. The latest edition of the festival includes the likes of My Mexican Bretzel by Núria Giménez, Rotterdam 2020 winner of the Found Footage award, and powerful debuts like La educación sentimental by Jorge Juárez, a first-person generational portrait of the crisis years and a minimalist comedy, Violeta no coge el ascensor, by Mamen Díaz.
The D’A 2020 is also welcoming back festival favourites like La reina de los lagartos, the Burnin’ Percebes’ comeback with a totally Martian romantic comedy featuring a top class cast including Bruna Cusí, Javier Botet, Ivan Labanda, Miki Esparbé and Roger Coma. The D’A Film Festival Barcelona would never be complete without one of our directors of choice, Marc Ferrer, who is premiering his mid-length movie El corazón rojo, set at the D’A 2019 with Louis Garrel as a peculiar McGuffin and with appearances by Hidrogenesse and Masoniería.
D’A 2020 is also showing some of the year’s finest short films, including Leyenda dorada by cult directors Chema García Ibarra (La disco resplandece, Uranes) and Ion de Sosa (Sueñan los androides), whose worldwide premiere was at the Berlinale 2019. We also have Panteres directed by Èrika Sánchez, one of the surprises at the last festival in Berlin and Carne by Camila Kater, which has already appeared at Locarno and Gijón and won Best Short Documentary at Zinebi 2019.