The festival will take place between 21 and 28 April at the Victoria Eugenia, the main setting for the event, and the Teatro Principal, as well as other venues around the city. This year there will be a short special series at Tabakalera, Film and Memory, comprising three films spotlighting the power of images to generate History, Politics and/or Awareness. New works will be featured by Rithy Panh (Everything Will Be OK) and Mark Cousins (The March on Rome), along with the Sahrawi film Wanibik.
FILM AND MEMORY (Tabakalera)
If animals were in power, would they base their behaviour on that of humans? Would they engage in savage consumption, to the point of destroying their environment? Would they repeat the same mistakes? Would they have the same thirst for power, the same cruelty? Would they choose to govern by demagoguery, terror and totalitarianism? Would they dedicate themselves to art and cinema, or focus everything on survival? Would they live side-by-side with the "old ones" (humans), or enslave them? Would they have the will and strength to resist their inclinations towards Evil? Would they show empathy towards the other creatures with which they share the planet?
Through a very seldom seen archive and with his characteristic style of cinematographic analysis, Mark Cousins recounts the rise of Fascism in Italy, and its subsequent spread across Europe in the 1930s. A film essay and historical document at the same time, in which Cousins contextualises history and the present, holding a mirror up to a political landscape that reflects a horrific far right and manipulated media.
Following the resumption on 13 November 2020 of the war against Moroccan occupation, a group of students from the Western Sahara film school shoot their graduation film, and choose the Wall of Shame as the central theme of the project, amid suffering, struggle, determination and resistance.