The D’A – Barcelona Film Festival continues to be a showcase of the best independent cinema and is an opportunity to discover the best of the year, the big names that have succeeded in the major international festivals and some of the riskiest proposals of the year. Among the first titles, essential names in contemporary cinema such as Nuri Bilge Ceylan with Sobre la hierba seca, a film premiered at Cannes 2023, where she won the award for best actress; Lisandro Alonso (Jauja), who reunites with Viggo Mortensen in the capital Eureka, to travel from north to south the American continent, accompanied by Chiara Mastroiani; the French director Catherine Corsini (Un amor de verano) with Le Retour, an intergenerational story that combines identity portraiture and coming-of-age; or Critical Zone, by director Ali Ahmadzadeh, one of the most prominent names in Iranian cinema, whose work is banned in his country. His new film won the Golden Leopard at the last Locarno festival and was awarded at the Seminci.

From Argentina we receive two magnificent films, possibly unrepeatable in the coming times. After Juana al los 12 (Talents Award at D’A 2015), Martin Shanly returns to the festival with Arturo al los 30, an inquiry into the precariousness and social discomfort that surrounds a certain young man who is not so young. On the other hand, director Paula Hernández takes Sergi López to the depths of Argentina in El viento que arrasa, where he stars in a tense story about fanaticism and sexual and sentimental discoveries.

From much more elusive cinematographies we receive films that do not leave us indifferent, such as the premiere in Spain of Snow Leopard, a posthumous work by the Tibetan director Pema Tseden and a winner at the Tokyo Festival (with Albert Serra on the jury!). An authentic and humanistic film that confronts the rural world and new technologies. And from Greece comes Animal, the new film by Sofia Exarchou (awarded in San Sebastián for her first film), to continue investigating the dark side of Greek society, now through a precarious worker in the tourism sector , performed by Dimitra Vlagopoulou, awarded in Locarno. Also awarded in Locarno, the promising debut of Éléonore Saintagnan with Camping du lac, a docu-fiction with a fascinating story with an aura of storytelling and climate awareness.