8 Catalan productions, selected for the 55th celebration of the BFI London Film FestivalThe official Experimenta section brings together three of Catalan cinema's most unique works
The 55th celebration of the BFI London Film Festival , which will be held this year from 12-27 October, has announced its line-up with an extraordinary participation of Catalan titles. Nearly every section of the festival will be featuring recent productions from Catalonia, and all of those films have already made their way to different international events.
Particular mention must be made of the Experimenta section, which according to festival organizers takes in feature films with an independent and daring point of view. Among the chosen titles are works by three filmmakers who have now become red carpet regulars: José Luis Guerin, Albert Serra and Mercedes Álvarez.
Guerin will be presenting Correspondencia Jonas Mekas-José Luis Guerin / Correspondence Jonas Mekas-José Luis Guerin (CCCB), a compilation of nine letters that were exchanged between Guerin and Lithuanian filmmaker and New York resident Jonas Mekas, exploring the world of the two filmmakers through brief episodes. Guerin recently coincided with Mekas at the Locarno Festival, which also saw the premier of Albert Serra's The Lord Worked Wonders in Me (Andergraun Films), another film following a line of correspondence, yet in this case with the Buenos Aires-born filmmaker Lisandro Alonso. Moreover, Mercedes Álvarez, the creator of El cielo gira / The Sky Turns, is presenting her long-awaited second film, Mercados de Futuro / Futures Market (Leve Productora and IB3 Cinema), which thus far has only been seen at Visions du Réel and BAFICI.
The BFI London's main section, Films on the Square, will moreover be featuring Carnage by Roman Polanski (Versátil Cinema, Constantin Film Produktion, SBS Productions and SPI Poland), a film that received great critic acclaim at the recent Venice Film Festival.
For its part, the World Cinema section will be screening Medianeras - Buenos Aires in Times of Virtual Love, directed by Gustavo Taretto, with the participation of the Catalan producer Eddie Saeta.
And finally, the French Revolutions section will be including Dominik Moll's The Monk (Estrategia Audiovisual, Diaphana Films and Morena Films), following its participation in the San Sebastian Festival's Zabaltegi-Especiales section.
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BFI London Film Festival
12/10/2011 - 27/10/2011