Sala Montjuïc 2017
By Mariana Hristova
The 15th edition of Barcelona’s most popular open-air cinema doesn’t come with any surprises or changes this year – and that’s why we love it. The simple formula of concert + film + picnic under the stars is always enough to make us climb the hill on at least one hot summer night.
The program opens with two Spanish films: local hit The Next Skin (winner of three Gaudí awards in 2016) about a teenager who returns home after a long disappearance, the short “Timecode” and warm-up concert by indie folk duo Renaldo & Clara. The rest of the program counts with acclaimed titles such as Iñárritu’s The Revenant, Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, recent Oscar favorite La La Land, smart psychological drama Spotlight and throught-provoking comedy Captain Fantastic.
The classics list relies on old greats like Buster Keaton, Billy Wilder and Woody Allen, while the indie titles look eastward with Turkish family drama Mustang and Palestinian romance Omar. (Showtimes: 8:30pm doors open, 8:45pm concert, 10pm short film, 10:15pm feature film. Films shown in their original-language version with Spanish subtitles).