As a lecturer of Catalan Studies at the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at UMass and responsible for the 5th Catalan Film Festival together with professor Barbara Zecchi, I am glad to invite you to participate in this event running this spring semester.
In this year's edition, devoted to the 'new Catalan cinema', a wide range of new Catalan movies produced after 2010 will be shown. In addition, this semester we will count with the presence of film director Patricia Ferreira who will present her film Els nens salvatges (2011) at the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival (March 6th), recently nominated in three different categories at the 2013 Goya Awards (Best new actress, Best new actor and Best original song).
Although the film festival is related to the 'Catalan Culture' and 'Catalan Cinema' courses offered by the Catalan Studies Program at UMass, everyone will be welcome to attend and participate in the seven film sessions that will take place during this semester:
Pa negre by Agustí Villaronga (2010)-> 01/29
Blog by Elena Trapé (2010) -> 02/12
La mosquitera by Agustí Vila (2010) ->02/26
Els nens salvatges by Patricia Ferreira (2011) ->03/06
Eva by Kike Maíllo (2010) ->03/26
Mientras duermes by Jaume Balagueró (2011) ->04/09
Enxaneta by Paulí Subirà (2011) ->04/23
The film is set in 2041, in the time when humans live along with machines. Álex (Daniel Brühl), a renowned cybernetic engineer, returns to Santa Irene to carry out a very specific mission for the Robotic Faculty — to create a child robot. During his ten–year absence, life has moved on for his brother David (Alberto Ammann) and for Lana (Marta Etura), who married David after Álex's departure. Álex's routine is altered in an unexpected ways by Eva (Claudia Vega), Lana and David's charismatic daughter. She and Álex have a special connection from the moment they meet. They set out on a journey together, which will bring them to a revelatory end.
Films will be subtitled in English and pizza and drinks will be served during the screenings.