D’A Film Festival
By Mariana Hristova
Barcelona’s ultimate film forum follows the best of the annual festival agenda and brings the most applauded auteur cinema to local screens.
A longed-for Spanish premiere is the experimental, Hitchcock-inspired The Green Fog, the latest title by Guy Maddin. Other highlights are the documentary self-portrait Alive in France by cult hooligan director Abel Ferrara on his rock ’n’ roll band; Korean director Hong Sang-soo’s “boozy comedy” The Day After; and French drama Ismael’s Ghosts by Arnaud Desplechin, starring Mathieu Amalric, Marion Cotillard and Charlotte Gainsbourg – the latter two films showed at Cannes 2017.
The retrospective this year is dedicated to Japanese director Nobuhiro Suwa who, in a 20-year career, has directed six full-length features and premiered at Cannes, Venice and Locarno. His latest work The Lion Sleeps Tonight, starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, has been defined as a sensitive “contemplation of mortality.”
Screenings take place (in original version with Spanish, Catalan or English subtitles) at Aribau Club 1 & 2 (€7.50), CCCB (€7.50), Filmoteca de Catalunya (€4), Zumzeig (€7.50) and SGAE (free).