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The D'A Film Festival is hitting the road: from Barcelona to Madrid via Filmin

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- Barcelona's 11th D'A Film Festival will run from 29 April to 9 May, adopting a hybrid format combining an online programme with screenings in both Barcelona and Madrid

The D'A Film Festival is hitting the road: from Barcelona to Madrid via Filmin
Bye Bye Morons by Albert Dupontel

Barcelona's D'A Film Festival is back for an 11th edition — and in actual cinemas, too. Between 29 April and 9 May, the festival will offer a hybrid format, with screenings in cinemas in Barcelona (62 feature films and 26 shorts) and 37 titles available to view on the Filmin platform. This year, it’s also making a flying visit to Madrid: between 7 and 13 May, madrileños will have a chance to catch twelve of the festival’s most outstanding films at participating Renoir Plaza España cinemas.

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The programme for the Madrid leg includes the festival’s opening film, Bye Bye Morons [+see also:
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, with French filmmaker Albert Dupontel directing and starring alongside Virginie Efira (a hit at this year’s César Awards); Never Gonna Snow Again [+see also:
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(Poland/Germany), from Małgorzata Szumowska and Michal EnglertBerlin Alexanderplatz [+see also:
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(Germany/Netherlands), by Burhan Qurbani, boldly revisiting the classic novel 30 years after Fassbinder’s TV adaptation; Poppy Field [+see also:
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, by Eugen Jebeleanu; and Love Affair(s) [+see also:
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, by French director Emmanuel Mouret.

The D’A festival is always keen to champion home-grown art house cinema, and audiences in both Barcelona and Madrid will be treated to independent titles including Mia & Moi, by Borja de la Vega (read more here), a drama featuring Bruna Cusí, Ricardo Gómez and Eneko SagardoyKaren [+see also:
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, by María Pérez Sanz, starring Christina Rosenvinge as Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa; and Armugan [+see also:
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, by Jo Sol, a story about the approach of death.

Other Spanish films in the line-up for Barcelona (and available on Filmin) include 9 fugas [+see also:
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, a dazzling visual and aural adventure from Fon Cortizo; ¡Corten!, a fantastical queer gorefest by Marc Ferrer (read more here); Amor sin ciudad, by Pedro Sara and Violeta Pagán; Los inocentes [+see also:
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, a taut thriller by Guillermo Benet; A Storm Was Coming [+see also:
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, by Javier Fernández Vázquez; Cineclub, by Mireia Schröder and Carles Gorres; and Ovella, a group effort by four students at the Cinema and Audiovisual School of Catalonia (ESCAC).

The festival’s main competitive section — offering a prize of €10,000 — is reserved for emerging filmmakers with a maximum of two features under their belts. Fifteen finalists have been selected, including recent festival favourite Marygoround [+see also:
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(Poland), directed by Daria Woszek, which scooped both the best Film and Best Actress awards at last year’s Gijón International Film Festival. Also in the running is Suzanne Lindon’s exquisite directorial début, Spring Blossom [+see also:
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: an eruption of youthful vitality starring Lindon herself, and Bad Tales [+see also:
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, directed by the Italian brothers Damiano and Fabio De Innocenzo.

This feast of European cinema is rounded off by Miss Marx [+see also:
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, directed by Susanna Nicchiarelli (the festival’s closing film); Malmkrog [+see also:
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, by Romania’s Cristi Puiu — winner of the Golden Giraldillo at the 2020 Seville European Film Festival; and the latest offering from Guillaume Brac, À l’Abordage [+see also:
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, an ebullient romantic adventure to celebrate the start of the summer.

Finally, true cinephiles won’t want to miss a double helping of the work of Russian filmmaker Ilya Khrzhanovskiy, who will be presenting DAU. [+see also:
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Natasha [+see also:
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and DAU. [+see also:
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Degeneration [+see also:
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(running time: pushing seven hours). There’s also a varied programme of workshops and events dedicated to topics including the distribution and export of European films and how to crack the festival circuit (more information can be found on the festival’s website).

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(Translated from Spanish)

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