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Franco dictatorship resistance cinema screens in Berlin

The Babylon Cinema of Berlin will screen 11 Catalan films produced during the Franco regime as part of their series of ‘radical, transgressive and underground’ films.

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30 September 2010 11:49 PM

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ACN / Neus Pérez

Berlin (ACN).- The Babylon Cinema of Berlin will screen 11 Catalan films produced during the Franco regime starting on the 4th of October. The title of the film series is \u2018Clandestí: Invisible Catalan Cinema during Franco\u2019. The film series will exhibit the most \u2018radical, transgressive and underground\u2019 cinema produced during the 60s and 70s in Catalonia. \u201CIt is a recognition that has been necessary for us\u201D, said the director of the film \u2018Lock Out\u2019, Antoni Padrós


The exhibition \u2018focuses on a generation of independent filmmakers whose innate unwillingness to conform with fascist Franco\u2019s regime forced them to produce, distribute, and exhibit radical films in Catalonia, with the furtive hope of sending them into the rest of Spain.\u2019

Some of the films that will be shown in the series include 'El sopar' by Pere Portabella, 'Sexperiencias' by José María Nunes, 'Lock Out' by Antoni Padrós, '52 domingos\u2019 by Llorenç Soler, 'Lejos de los árboles' by Jacinto Esteva Grewe and 'El campo para el hombre' by Helena Lumbreras and Mariano Lisa, among others.

One of the programmers of the cycle, Manuel Barrios, believes that the films \u201Care an example and a testimony\u201D to the dictatorship. \u201CThe Franco regime is one of the better known events in our history on an international level\u201D, he added. \u201CIt must be rescued as political and cultural patrimony of our country\u201D.

The film series was first presented in May of 2009 by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York. Istanbul has also shown the cycle of films. The series is scheduled to go on to cities like London, Toronto, Tel Aviv and Tokyo.

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  • The Babylon cinema in Berlin where the Catalan films are shown (by N. Pérez)

  • The Babylon cinema in Berlin where the Catalan films are shown (by N. Pérez)