Part of Scalarama 2019, Cinemaattic hits back with the best independent cinema from Spain and Latin America, bringing a programme of short-films focused on a very particular town, Madrid. Protagonist, voyeur city, Madrid has seen the changes in contemporary Spain from a privileged point of view.
This programme of films aims to help viewers to get a better feel for life there. In order to do so, alongside the films Cinemaattic celebrates the most iconic of all Madrileno dishes: “el bocata de calamares” (calamari roll). A popular dish that have been at the centres of all social gatherings in the capital.
Madrid resisted Franco’s bombing during the civil war, Madrid was the protagonist of Spain’s young democracy -embodied in Almodovar’s films- rebel, fresh, anarchic. Madrid was the protagonist of the anti-austerity movement in Spain and the 15M -or indignados- movement.
Sadly, Madrid is now in the spotlight for very different reasons. Far-right Vox party is likely to come into the city government as part of a right-wing coalition that threatens to destroy the great legacy of Manuela Carmena administration on LGTBI rights, low emission zone policies, and a wide range of social policies – praised and celebrated recently by The New York Times-.
It seems a good time to rethink what we know and how we see Madrid through films.
In the words of Basilio Martin Patino -in our humble opinion-, the most neglected and yet one of the most important of all Spanish filmmakers:
“Madrid has always been a sort of attraction for pleased strangers, coming from all corners of ‘the peninsula’ or the planet, to take root in a magma that allows them to free themselves from reductive nationalisms, from ties, or from I do not know what neurosis with that “idea of identity”. Living in Madrid, as the celebrated mayor Tierno Galván said, is now simply BEING from Madrid. And this is the well-known essence of its conglomerate, plural par excellence, tolerant, well-matched with all, serene, ironic, peaceful; multiform synthesis of traces and successive cultures that have been leaving their trace for centuries”