The Festival will take place on 26th - 28th January at La Cineteca in Madrid and will become an annual event with the mission of bringing Canadian film culture to Spain. It's a way of bringing Canadian cinema to Madrid so film fans can enjoy films rarely shown in Spain and give Canadian filmmakers more visibility off the European circuit.
The Madrid Canadian Film Festival brings the best selection of recent films from Canada, including drama series and documentaries. Canada's rich film offering from renowned directors such as Léa Pool, covers the provinces, languages and cultures. In this first edition of the festival, we enter the world of the coasts of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, via the the cosmopolitan adventures of Montreal, to the lifestyles and concerns of the First Nations of the North.
6 films will be presented (4 in French and 2 in English). The French films presented are:
Les Mauvais Herbes by Louis Bélanger
Et au pire on se mariera by Léa Pool
Pays by Chloé Robichaud
Iqualuit by Benoît Pilon
The Festival is supported by the Canadian Embassy in Spain; the Quebec Office in Barcelona; Canada Foundation, Hispano-Canadian Chamber of Commerce; the Cineteca de Madrid, one of the main independent film festival venues in the city; Filmin, the largest online cinema platform in Spain; Québecine, a Mexican festival of Quebec cinema; Feelmakers, the online platform for documentaries and short films, and Téléfilm, a group of around 200 professionals working to fund, develop and promote the Canadian audiovisual industry.
Agnès Varda, widow of Jacques Demy, is considered as one of the greatest french filmmakers of all time. In february, Jerusalem Cinematheque pays her tribute with special screenings of her iconic artwork (more info here).
In April, TV5MONDE will offer a special retrospective of 3 movies by Agnès Varda - watch this space!