Four Catalan productions have found their niche in the most important showcase for international cinema, the Cannes Film Festival, held this year from 14th to 25th May. The production company Mediapro will be there with two of its own titles: Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona, directed by Woody Allen, will be screened in the official Out of Competition section; and Annemarie Jacir's Salt of This Sea has been selected to take part in the parallel competition, Un Certain Regard.
The 61st celebration of this famous festival will also be the backdrop for an extraordinary milestone in the history of Catalan cinema, with the selection of two films by a single production company in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs. Eddie Saeta is the producer of Albert Serra's latest film, El cant dels ocells, and has also co-produced Liverpool, directed by Lisandro Alonso. This is Serra's second participation in this section, following his debut in cinema with Honor de cavalleria (Honour of the Knights), in 2006.
El cant dels ocells, which also features non-professional actors, offers a new take on the story of the Three Wise Men. Shot in Iceland and the Canary Islands, this film was co-produced by Eddie Saeta and Andergraun Films in association with Televisió de Catalunya. For its part, Liverpool explores the theme of solitude amid the wilds of Ushuaia, Argentina. This is the fourth film made by Alonso, who is now a veteran participant at the Cannes Festival, as all of his films have been selected. His first work, La libertad (Freedom) (2001), was screened in Un Certain Regard. Next came Los muertos (The Dead) and Fantasma (Phantom), both of which took part in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs.
Finally, Mediapro is responsible for two participating films. The first is Woody Allen's film, which, shot in Barcelona last year, recounts the experiences of two North American tourists in the city; and the second is the co-production Salt of This Sea, which explores the strife of the Palestinian people.
What's more, the Catalan industry will also boast a prominent presence at the Marché International du Film. There will be screenings of some twenty films, and forty different companies will be taking part in the event under the Catalan umbrella stand. Catalan Films & TV will have a space of its own at stand Riviera 5, Cinema from Spain. Among the activities offered within the framework of the market, Catalan Films & TV will be promoting a subscription to the new newsletter and a drawing for an all-expenses-paid weekend for two at the Sitges - International Film Festival of Catalonia.
The official rules for the drawing will be available at our website as of 10th May.