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.
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”