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30 September - 11 December 2014


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.

11 December

Approved for Adoption
Direction, screenplay and animation: Jung Henin & Laurent Boileau. Cinematography: Remon Fromont. Editing: Ewin Ryckaert. Sound: Dan Vanbever. Music: Siegfried Canto

Belgium, France. 75 min
VO with subtitles in Spanish.
Entrance is free until filled to capacity.

Synopsis: Jung. Cartoonist. 42 years old according to his civil status, Jung prefers to place his birth at the age of 5, when a policeman found him wandering alone in the streets of Seoul. He is one of those 200 000 adopted Koreans spread around the world. Jung decided to return for the first time in South Korea, in order to breathe the air of his homecountry, tread the land of his ancestors, and maybe find traces of his biological mother. This trip of reconciliation with his roots and with himself leads our character to recall—in animation—the child he once was and the winding path that made him grow up.

Directors: Jung Henin was born on December 2nd, 1965 in Seoul (South Korea). Adopted by a Belgian family in 1971, he attended Brussels School of Fine Arts and started out his career as an illustrator with articles and covers in various publications. His first book was published in 1997 and in 2001 he released Couleur de peau: miel, a black-and-white chronicle of his childhood and adolescence on which Approved for Adoption is based. 

Laurent Boileau spent 10 years working as a cameraman and editor on a number of documentary films. He made his debut as a director in 1999. His passion for comics and the graphic arts has led him to make various films related to the 9th art.

9 December
Master of the Universe (2013)
Direction and screenplay: Marc Bauder. Executive Producer: Gunter Hanfgarn. Photography: Boerres Weiffenbach. Editing: Hansjoerg Weissbrich, Rune Schweitzer. Music: B. Fleischmann. Production companies: Bauderfilm, NGF Geyrhalterfilm

Germany. 88 min
VO with subtitles in Spanish.
Entrance is free until filled to capacity.

Synopsis: The masters of the universe are not politicians or armies or governments. The true masters of the universe are investment banks. A powerful German banker gives us a disturbing vision of their emotions, motivations and predictions, while revealing a parallel universe of exorbitant incomes and ruthless pressure.We discover a system that isolates bankers from the rest of the world and makes them incapable of reflecting on their own jobs.

Director: Marc Bauder was born in 1974 in Stuttgart (Germany). He studied Business Administration and then he trained as filmmaker at the Potsdam-Babelsbergs school. In 1999 he started his own production company, Bauderfilm, with which he’s produced and directed, amongst others, The System, After Revolution, The Top Manager, The Communist and Grow or Go. His documentary Masters of the Universe had its world premiere at the Critic’s Week in Locarno. Marc Bauder is currently working, amongst other projects, in the feature film Razzia.

25 November
Five Days to Dance (2014)
Direction and screenplay: Rafa Molés, Pepe Andreu. Executive Producers: Natalia Maestro, José Luis Rubio. Photography: José Luis González. Editing: Pepe Andreu, Mónica Zamora. Sound: José Luis Rubio. Music: Jona Valent, Montefuji. Production companies: SUICAfilm, REC grabateka estudioa

Spain. 77 min
VO with subtitles in Spanish.
Entrance is free until filled to capacity.

Synopsis: Two dancers show up one morning in the classroom of a high school. It’s Monday and they announce to a group of teenagers that they have five days to get on a stage and dance. One week to change things. A tight deadline for a big challenge: to move people when the world is paralyzing us.
The dancing forces these teenagers to break their roles right at that time in their lives when social roles are being built. The leader is no longer the most admired, the shy one takes a step ahead… Dancing forces them to touch each other. They communicate, they become equals. Some won’t free themselves until the last moment.
Wilfried van Poppel and Amaya Lubeigt are the choreographers. He’s Dutch, she’s Basque. Dance is their common language. The place doesn’t matter. Five days, a class of teenagers, a microcosm where a big bang takes place.

Directors: Rafa Molés Vilar is journalist and screenwriter. In 2012, he received the 'Journalist of the Year' award in the III Edition of the Journalist Community Awards in Valencia. He is the creator of the RTVV research team and the author of 18 documentaries for television.
Pepe Andreu Ibarra is a producer with a degree in sciences of Visual and Sound Images. He has 15 years experience as a television producer and director of documentaries and news reports.

28 October
Direction, screenplay, photography and editing: Victor Kossakovsky and 32 students. Executive Producers: Jordi Balló, Eva Vila. Sound: Juan Sánchez 'Cuti'. Music: Don Quixote by Minkus. Production companies: Victor Kossakovsky films & Màster en Documental de Creació UPF

Spain. 70 min
VO in Catalan and Spanish.
Entrance is free until filled to capacity.

Synopsis: 2012: a year of massive protests all over the world. Spain is the centre stage of two general strikes against the government’s austerity plans. In Barcelona the demonstrators gather in various places in the city and the police use rubber bullets to control them. Shops and offices close, some of their own accord, others compelled by the events. During that period, the Liceu Theatre is playing Ludwig Minkus’ ballet, Don Quixote.
During the two days of the general strike, 32 students of Pompeu Fabra University’s Master in Creative Documentary take to the streets with their cameras to record the facts from different perspectives, following the guidelines of Russian filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky. The result is a ‘film-ballet’ in which the characters, the sounds and the situations found are combined with Minkus’ music in a revealing mix that causes an unexpected effect.

Director: Born in St. Petersburg in 1961. Since 1978 worked as assistant cameraman, assistant director and editor. From 1986 to 1988 he studied screenwriting and directing. He has made ten films than won more ten hundred awards: Losev, The Other Day, The Belovs, Wednesday, Pavel and Lyalya, I Loved You..., Tishe!, Svyato, Vivan las antípodas! and Demonstration together with 32 students.

30 September
My Stuff  (2013)
Executive producer: Anssi Perttala. Direction and screenplay: Petri Luukkainen. Photography: Jesse Jokinen. Editing : Atti Sjögren. Sound: Juho Luukkainen, Pelle Venetioki. Music: Timo Lassy. Production company: Unikino

Finland. 80 min
VO in Finnish with subtitles Spanish.
Entrance is free until filled to capacity.

Synopsis: Petri is 26 and feels totally lost. Dumped by his girlfriend, crushed by a huge mortgage and with a credit card on the limit, Petri feels like his life is empty while his flat is full of stuff.
There is something he’s missing, so he decides to find out what it is he really needs by starting an experiment with three rules: for a full year all his belongings will be in a store room, he will only be able to retrieve one every day and he won’t be allowed to buy anything new.

Director: Petri Luukkainen has worked and directed quite a bit despite his young age. He has made mostly documentaries, webisodes and commercial films since 2001. Petri directed his first TV commercial when he was 17 years old and has worked as a director and editor ever since. Recently, he has worked on a documentary series for the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE and directed a small ad video that got 3.000.000 views on YouTube.

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