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EL DOCUMENTAL DEL MES 2016

January - April 2016

EL DOCUMENTAL DEL MES 2016

El Documental del Mes is an initiative run by Parallel 40 and was born as a CinemaNet Europe’s project in 2004. Its main aim is to make documentary films available to a wider audience while at the same time increasing the presence of European documentaries on film screens, regardless of their quality, subject matter or country of origin. The programme consists in the simultaneous screening of the same documentary film in around 45 Spanish cities and, since 2009, in Chile and Argentina as well.

TIME: 20.30 h
Auditorium
Entrance is free until filled to capacity


26 abril
Joana Biarnés, una entre todos
(2015)
Directors and screenplay: Òscar Moreno and Jordi Rovira. Producers: Òscar Moreno and Xavier Baig.
Film editor: Xavier Baig. Director of photography: Xavier Baig. Montage: Xavier Baig. Sound design: REC Produccions and Xavier Baig. Executive producers: Òscar Moreno, Jordi Ambròs and Andrés Luque.

Spain, 2015. 72 min.
Original version in Catalan with Spanish subtitles.

Synopsis: She sneaked into the Beatles' suite; she tricked Roman Polanksi; she was Raphael's photographer; she chose the dress Massiel wore for the Eurovision song contest; Clint Eastwood kissed her on the lips. She was friends with Xavier Cugat, Joan Manuel Serrat, the Duchess of Alba, Fernando Rey, El Cordobés, Lola Flores, Salvador Dalí, etc.
This is the undisclosed story of the life and works of Joana Biarnés, Spain's first photojournalist. It has been recovered thanks to the discovery in the 21st century of the amazing images with which the then young photographer portrayed the terrible floods that ravaged El Vallés in 1962.
She was a groundbreaker who overcame the prejudices of an age. She succeeded in her career, she met and immortalized famous historical figures, and then, when she was about to become a legend, she stopped.

Directors:Òscar Moreno is the executive producer, screenwriter, and director. He has worked as a screenwriter in the documentaries Cop al Banc Central, Generació D, elBulli, l’últim vals and L’equip ideal, broadcast in the show Sense Ficció for the Catalan TV channel TV3. He was also a member of the team responsible for the screenplay and filming of documentaries and programmes broadcast by Antena 3 and the TVE Spanish television channel La 2.
Jordi Rovira holds a BA in Audiovisual Communication and in Political Science from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. He has worked as a freelance journalist since 1998. He has developed feature stories on social issues in over thirty countries, such as Kosovo, Iraq, Sierra Leone, or Northern Ireland. The newspaper La Vanguardia has published most of his features. Since 2005 he has combined his work as a journalist with working as the director of Capçalera, the journal published by the College of Journalists.



29 March
Good Things Await
(2014)

Director: Phie Ambo. Executive producers: Eva Mulvad, Pernille Rose Grønkjær, Mikala Krogh, Sigrid Dyekjær. Photographer: Phie Ambo, Maggie Olkuska. Editor: Theis Schmidt. Sound: Rasmus Winther. Music: Jóhann Jóhannsson. Production: Danish Documentary.

Denmark, 2014. 95 min.
Original version in Danish with Spanish subtitles.

Synopsis: Niels Stockholm is a 79-year-old biodynamic farmer who works the land with his wife Rita north of Copenhagen. His life philosophy is based on the idea that man and earth are connected to the universe, and that’s why he grows his food in strict synchrony with the moon calendar to achieve the utmost harmony with the cosmos. The food from his farm, fresh and exceptionally good, supplies some of the best restaurants in the world. However, Niels has to face a few problems that are unsettling his day-to-day. His farm has to conform to rules and regulations from authorities that are indifferent to his biodynamic principles. But his main worry is feeling that his life is coming to an end and he doesn’t have any successor to continue his dream.

Director: Phie Ambo graduated as a documentary filmmaker in the National Film School of Denmark in 2003. She has made films on a variety of subjects, all of which are popular amongst both festival boards and people the world over. In 2001 she won the Joris Ivens Award at IDFA with Family (2001). She is the cofounder of the Danish Documentary Production. She’s currently working in her next film Ripples on the Shore, which following Mechanical Love (2007) and Free the Mind (2012), will make up the third and final part of her trilogy on science and human existence.



23 February
How to Change the World
(2014)

Director: Jerry Rothwell, Script: Jerry Rothwell. Editor: James Scott. Director of Photography: Benjamin Lichty; Documentation: Elizabeth Klinck and Lloyd Davies. Production: Met Filme, Daniel Film and Insight Productions.

United Kingdom, Canada. 112 min.
Original version in English with Spanish Subtitles.

Synopsis: In 1971 a small group of Canadian activists set out on their first mission on board an old fishing boat. Their purpose: to stop Nixon’s atomic bomb tests in Alaska. This was the start of an environmental movement that led to the creation of the global organisation known today as Greenpeace. Can a bunch of journalist friends and hippie scientists armed only with cameras change the world? This group of pacifist environmentalists uses images as if they were ‘mental bombs’ able to change peoples consciences, using the power of pictures and the media as a tool to spark social change. Activism is disorderly. True revolutions could never be organized. Can they agree on a way to carry out the important mission of saving the planet?

 Director: Jerry Rothwell is a documentary filmmaker from the U.K. who has achieved international recognition thanks to films such as Donor Unknown, Town of Runners and Deep Water. He has also worked as a producer and editor on many different projects. In 2012 he won the prestigious Royal Television Society award. He is currently working on his next project, Sour Grapes, a film for Netflix co-directed by Reuben Atlas.

After the screening, members of Greenpeace Santiago de Compostela will give a talk on the subject.



26 January
Greece: Days of Chance (2014)

Direction and screenplay: Elena Zervopoulou. Executive production: Elena Zervopoulou. Photography Direction: Elias Adamis, Elena Zervopoulou. Editing: Kenan Akkawi. Sound: Elena Zervopoulou. Music: Drog_A_Tek. Production: One Vibe Films.

Greece. 78 min.
Original versión in Greek with Spanish Subtitles.

Synopsis: Giorgos, a homeless person, who, suffering from the effects of the financial crisis, is struggling to put his life back together. At the same time Ilias gets involved in the activist group belonging to the potato movement, confronting the large food store chains through solidarity and direct democracy. Meanwhile Grigoris leaves the city with his family to find a better life in the country. While the crisis continues to widen the gap between rich and poor all over Europe, the courage of these three characters serves as a reminder that we as individuals can change our everyday lives.A portrait of the Greek recession through the lives of three men who decide to take control of their destiny and change direction. Could this crisis be an opportunity for us to reinvent ourselves as people and as a society?

Director: Elena Zervopoulou studied ethnopsychology at the University of Paris 5. She has worked with immigrant families in Paris and was a consultant for a UNESCO Project on the street children of Madagascar. She holds a Master’s Degree in Anthropology and Documentary Cinema from the University of Nanterre. She has carried out several different projects for NGOs all over the world. She directed the short firm Sea Gypsies (2012), that was part of the BBC documentary series entitled Why Poverty? This is her first full-length film.
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