Barcelona’s cinematic fame has skyrocketed since Iñárritu’s Biutiful and Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona achieved mainstream success. But it’s the cutting edge spirit that L’Alternativa has championed for 22 years, promoting thought-provoking films with a focus on freedom, creativity and diversity.
Ten features and 22 short films comprise the official selection of cross-continental maverick filmmakers, with previous victors including Cannes-winning director Corneliu Porumboiu. Retrospectives of underappreciated innovators this year include New Argentine Cinema trailblazer Lucrecia Martel and the controversial Academy Award-nominated documentary maker Hubert Sauper (who also is offering a masterclass in nonfiction filmmaking).
The agenda includes premieres by emerging filmmakers, all-day screenings, advice for new projects, workshops and talks. It is a celebration of cinema’s cutting-edge for industry professionals and amateur cinephiles alike.
(All films shown in their original version, usually with Spanish subtitles, with additional screenings held at Filmoteca de Catalunya, Institut Francès, Crater-Lab and Zumzeig.)