The cinema revolution
These are uncertain times. The pandemic has given way to a war, which in turn has sparked a major economic crisis that has taken us back several years to the time when another great depression ended up being the cause of all this. The new generations are thus facing a kind of vicious circle from which there doesn’t seem to be a way out. It’s a situation not too unlike the one we experienced some fifteen years ago, with the boom of that “new” or “other” Spanish cinema that, edition after edition, we have been celebrating at the D’A Film Festival Barcelona. It was then that young filmmakers endeavoured to tackle that panorama by revisiting reality from new audiovisual languages, new ways of doing politics, and new identities. Has the time come to refresh those new ideas, and to view what we call ‘reality’ in yet another way?
The predominant narrative is one of fear and oppression, full of prophecies that only inspire dejection and inaction. It is a question, therefore, of confronting this gloomy climate through other alternative narratives, other possible worlds. The feature-length and short films included in this year’s Un Impulso Colectivo come from different points of view, shifting in an underhand manner from women and men to other kinds of groups, and best of all, getting them to speak in different ways, with voices that we’d never heard before. They scrutinise themselves in order to narrate from multiple perspectives, they mix tones and registers, they are no longer content with ‘non-fiction’ because now ‘another fiction’ is being imposed, and it’s one that is still under construction. The stories are told from dispossession, from a present that does not seem to have a future and yet longs to have one. Indeed, there is a way out. There is a solution and it’s cinema, moving pictures. If they really do move rather than stagnate, then they always carry within them the seed of renewal.