What to do in Barcelona today, Wednesday, January 13, 2021

One of the most original cycles that the Film Library of Catalonia is For the love of the arts. In it they program films that are related to some of the premieres or events organized by other institutions in the city or in Catalonia and which are an ideal complement to complete the vision of a work or an artist. All of them are presented by an expert who will help us relate them. For this quarter they have prepared a lot of very attractive surprises for us.

Opera, literature, poetry and dance

We start today with The tales of Hoffmann (1951), by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, the British masters of color, taking advantage of the fact that the Gran Teatre del Liceu programs the opera signed by Jacques Offenbach on which they were inspired. The film, starring Moira Shearer (The red sneakers), bill the three love stories that the protagonist lived. The following title, in collaboration with the Libraries of Catalonia, aims to encourage a passion for reading. Is about The bookstore (2017, Tuesday 18 and Thursday 21), by Isabel Coixet, with Emily Mortimer leading the cast. It narrates the efforts of a woman who intends to open an establishment of this type in a small coastal town in the face of opposition from some neighbors.

The work of the Portuguese director Rita Azevedo will be analyzed based on Correspondences (2016, Tuesday 26 and Saturday 30). Between reality and fiction, the filmmaker follows in the footsteps of the poet Jorge de Sena, who had to go into exile from his country and his correspondence with the writer Sophia de Mello Breyner Andersen, with the dictatorship as a backdrop. The month of February will start with Out of scene (2016, Tuesday 2), a documentary that follows, over four years, the activities of The Contemporary Dance Company of Cuba, one of the referents of this discipline in Havana. As is logical, it is projected in collaboration with the Mercat de les Flors.

Bach, Tennessee Williams y Bergman

The Palau de la Música commemorates February 27 and 28, the centenary of the first interpretation of The Passion according to Saint Matthew, by Bach, by the Orféo Català. To celebrate it, on the 7th of that month, the Filmoteca will screen Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968), a documentary work by Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub that is a biography of Bach based on documents, the narration of his wife’s diary and her music, with interpreters in period clothes. That same month, the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya presents the classic The night of the iguana de Tennessee Williams. As perhaps it would be too obvious to schedule the John Huston film, they have opted for another film by this playwright, The fugitive kind (1960, Tuesday 16), released as Snake skin, from his work The fall of Orpheus. Marlon Brando plays a wandering musician who decides to settle in a Mississippi town where he becomes the lover of a mature woman (Anna Magnani) while a young alcoholic (Joanne Woodward) falls in love with him.

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The cycle also includes an original experience, the audiovisual concert by Alba G. Corral, Perspectives (Tuesday, February 23). In it, this visual artist will give life to the graphic of the Palau catalog which will be illustrated with the music that she herself has written under the stage name Namba. It will also pay tribute to the women who have participated in this institution throughout its history such as the French-Polish harpsichord and pianist Wanda Landowska. In March it will continue on day 2 with Infidels (Infiel), directed by Liv Ullman in 2000. It is the story of the infidelities between an actress (Lena Endre) and a conductor based on an autobiographical script by Ingmar Bergman, so it is not surprising that the artist is represented by Erland Josephson, the other fetish actor of the Swedish filmmaker. In collaboration with the Institució de les Lletres Catalanes.

Tribute to Robert Gerhard

The Auditori intends to pay tribute to Tarragona composer Robert Gerhard, when he was 125 years old, with Secret people (1952, Tuesday March 9), his first film soundtrack and featuring a first-time Audrey Hepburn. She takes care of two sisters who flee their native country and take refuge in London after their father has been assassinated by a dictator. Years later, in Paris, they meet a man who wants to kill the tyrant. The retrospective will follow with The naive savage (1963, Tuesday 16), whose music was also composed by Gerhard. Is a classic of free cinema British signed by Lindsay Anderson with Richard Harris and Glenda Jackson. The protagonist is a conceited rugby star from a humble mining town whose attitude changes when he falls in love with his landlady, a widowed woman.

On the 23rd of that month they will recover four short films by Laya Films (1937-1938), the Generalitat film production company that used its newscasts and documentaries to fight against fascism during the Spanish civil war: Spain up to date, Els ollaires de Breda, Blood transfusions and Catalonia martyr. This session is held on the occasion of the exhibition on the photographer Antoni Campañà at the MNAC. And, to end the month, in collaboration with the Teatre Lliure, we will be able to see The wild boys (2017, Tuesday 30), drama queer and transgender on youth bewilderment. She takes care of five boys from a good family who, at the beginning of the 20th century, rape and kill their teacher and are locked in a boat. They riot and manage to reach a mysterious island full of hidden pleasures and where their lives will change. Three months to discover art in its different forms … and love it

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