Cut to the chase. If you’re short on time to read the 131 film synopses from the 14th edition of the D’A – Barcelona Film Festival, here’s a quick tour.

VITAL ROAD TRIPS

Movies that step on the accelerator or that stop at legendary lakes. Stories for those of you that can’t sit still.

YOUTH AND WHAT DO I KNOW

Nobody knows how long one is young: perhaps these markedly young films make it clear.

TO SING, TO PLAY, TO DANCE

D’A and music are already inseparable: we have the Cinema Concerts, but also such special screenings, in this edition, as the last filmed concert of the much-missed Ryūichi Sakamoto.

FRIENDLY, UNFRIENDLY

Tell the truth and you will lose the friendship, they say. The family that you choose is the result of multiple disagreements.

TEEN FEEL

Growing up always coincides with the collapse of a world, often irrecoverable, or the discovery of abysmal worlds that we think are unique.

CRACKING UP

Comedy is the most serious and difficult of genres. Laughing is an essential need.

FAMILY AND OTHER ANIMALS

Either too far or too close. Transmission of “majorcanism”, torture under Franco, Moroccan migration or Chilean political exile in Finland: families with all kinds of obstacles.

Other themed routes

LGTBIQ+

Lisbon, Berlin, Georgia, Istanbul, Poland, Buenos Aires 1979, Mallorca, Tehran, Galicia, Barcelona… Identities and desires that challenge society throughout the world.

DOCUMENTARIES

From the well-established Wang Bing to the revelation of Night Work, there are as many possible worlds as there are realities around us. Documentalists of the world: do film portraits, show truths, open debates.

CATALAN CINEMA

Catalan cinema has no brakes. Critical views on our coast, the Ramblas, the Danube, falling houses and… werewolves.

TODAY’S SHORTS AND ETERNAL ONES

Hidden, impossible pearls by Varda and Kaurismäki and Godard… What a pedestal! And more: the most refined radar of the best Spanish and Catalan short films of the year.

METACINEMA

They are not the Histoire(s) du cinéma but wow, how we like to enter the cinema to think about even more cinema…!

WOMEN DIRECTORS

Female gaze? Bah! Multiple, polyhedral, angular, marginal, central, mystical or working-class views. Catherine Breillat and Alice Rohrwacher, protagonists of D’A. Women: they do direct.