This year’s official publication on the leitmotiv, is devoted to cinema and counterculture on the occasion of the 40 editions of the Festival.
It will be presented on Friday, October 30, at 6:00 p.m., in the Ca n’Ametller Exhibition Hall in Molins de Rei
It has been coordinated by Javier Rueda, along with Glòria Massana and Omar Parra, and has graphic design by Joan Jarke. It revisits some of the most groundbreaking Spanish works and authorships of the 70s with a special attention to a social context that gave birth to the Festival in 1973. The fanzine includes texts, illustrations, puzzles and bright ideas by Manel Calpe, Patricia Clapés-Saga, Carles Martínez Agenjo, Gerard Fossas Noguera, Sandra S. Lopera, Manu Guayre, Jaume Claver, Joan Domènech, Albert Galera, Silvia García Palacios, David Izquierdo, Luis E. Herrero, Antonio José Navarro, Josep Luzán, David Pizarro, Jimmy (Bego del Teso), Josemi Beltrán, Gonzalo López, Quim Crusellas, Clara Roca, MonteCarlo, Alfred Bofill, Jaume Montmany and Josep Bergadà.
Just because this is the 40th edition, yes, but also because 48 years went by. This is the reason why the fanzine is looking back to those times that set the conditions to start the oldest cinema marathon in Spain, an embryo of the festival that we enjoy today. Those were the years of counterculture, a concept that defines a sociological movement with actions and values in strong contrast with established rules; it also defines a historical period ranging between 1968 an 1978, and spreads forward to the early 80s. A time with movements, and attitudes which found in horror cinema the power to give a step beyond and break the limits of what can be shown and told. Alas, may this be forever!
We have no intention to gather the whole rich idiosyncrasy of that period, which is impossible to synthesise in a single publication; rather, the fanzine offers a travel through time with a variety of content, that at the same time is faithful to that demanding spirit and profoundly in love with cinema. The time has come to pay a tribute to that spirit that was longing for exploration and discovery. A tribute to rule breaking. To the creation of meeting spaces with an associative and community feeling. To that society that was pushing to modern times. To that new cinema that was showing injustice and social lacks, fears and anxieties, of a world that was yelling and still does. To all those people who were part of it. Because remembering history can also be an act of learning and inspiration, but, nevertheless, it can also be an act of demand and resistance.