Top 5 films From the Barcelona International Film Festival

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Arthouse cinema is one of the most viewed genres in Europe. Here is a top 5 list of films from Barcelona’s Annual International Arthouse Film Festival. This year the list has films from:

  • Iceland,
  • Spain,
  • Greece
  • and the U.S.

5. Metalhead

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Director: Ragnar Bragason

Cast: Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Thora Bjorg Helga, Pröstur Leó Gunnarsson, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsso
The film is set in 1970; it is the beginning of the Heavy Metal era as Black Sabbath has just released their first album. Hera Karlsdottir is a young girl raised in her farm in rural Iceland but when her older brother dies in a tragic accident, Hera starts to blame herself and in the midst of this terrible time she finds refuge in Heavy Metal and begins to dream of becoming a Rock Star.

4. Blue Ruin

Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Cast: Macon Blair, Amy Hargreaves, Sidné Anderson, Devin Ratray, Kevin Kolack
The film tells us the story of Dwight, a mysterious outsider whose life is turned upside down when he goes back to his hometown to carry out an act of revenge. He turns out to be an inexperienced and inept assassin and finds himself in a hellacious fight to protect his family.

3. 10.000 KM

Director: Carlos Marques-Marcet
Cast:  Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer
Alex and Sergi are a Spanish couple who’ve decided to have a baby despite the fact that they live in a very small and humble apartment in Barcelona. They find their plans have been put on hold when Sergi receives an offer to move to Los Angeles to pursue his artistic dreams. Alex realizes that it could be her boyfriend’s last chance to launch his photographic career and lets him part while they figure out a way to make a 10.000 km long-distance relationship work. They compromise on making the relationship work via online interaction but the same technology that is supposed to bring them together may be the very thing that sets them apart.

2. Luton

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Director:  Michalis Konstantatos

Cast: Nicholas Vlachakis, Eleftheria Komi, Christos Sapountzis
The film follows the stories of three very different people: Jimmy, a 17 year old highschool student who comes from a wealthy family who’s place to enter University in the air. Mary is a junior lawyer in her 30’s with an unconventional private life and Makis is a 50-year-old man family man who owns a mini market. The three characters wind up linked in a number of violent acts against total strangers.

1. The creator of the jungle

Director: Jordi Morató
Cast: Josep Pujiula (Garrell), Aleix Oliveras, Ricard Ayats, Evo Pujiula
This is the true story of Garrel, a man who’s spent 45 years building a man-made jungle-like playground in the forrest. Garrel started when he was a boy and as the years went by and his “jungle” grew in size, he began to bring in animals and started filming his own Tarzan short films, Garrel begins to see his creation attract attention from local vandals and is poised to not let them destroy what he has built for so long.

Enjoy the Taipei Film Festival

The Sixth Cross-Strait Film Festival starts in May 31 until June 4, in which some popular Chinese movies and cinema d’ auteur films will be presented. The festival will include seven Chinese movies released this year and that theTaiwanese audience has not watched yet, according to the festival organizers.

This festival will take place at the Huashan 1914 Creative Park’s Spot Cinema only for five days. So, it is a big chance for Chinese people to go and appreciate their home made cinema, especially their home made cinema d’ auteur.

The seven films are Where are we going dad?, which is a documentary about a popular Chinese TV reality show. This film was very popular among Chinese population during the first months of this year.

Other films are romantic comedies such as Ex-Files and Up in the Wind. A romance-dramaBeijing Love Story, will be also screened. In addition, there is a crime movie called Police Diary and a drama known as Forever Youngbased on teenager lifestyles and choices. To conclude, the last movie that will be presented is Dancing in the Room, which is about Chinese youth and their decision to leave their town and go to the city to work.