Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan, winner of an Oscar for best original screenplay for ‘Game of Tears’, will be in charge of opening the twelfth edition of the Atlàntida Mallorca Film Fest (AMFF), which will take place from July 24 to 31. It will be one of the highlights of the event, during which the third Masters of Cinema award will also be given in collaboration with the Mallorca Film Commission.
The event will take place in emblematic spaces in Palma such as La Misericòrdia, Ses Voltes, the Sala Rívoli, CineCiutat, the Museu de Mallorca and the Teatre Mar i Terra, as announced this Wednesday, during the presentation of the programme, by the director of the acclaimed festival, Jaime Ripoll. As he has revealed, it will be an “essential” attraction for visitors to the Balearic Islands and, with the sponsorship of the Fundació Mallorca Turisme, will turn the Balearic capital “into the center of European culture” for a week.
As Ripoll explained, more than 10,000 tickets have been sold for the event, already sold out in many of its activities, figures that exceed those harvested in the 2021 edition. During the event, Ripoll announced the participation of Jordan, who will also attend a special screening of his Oscar-winning film, which celebrates 30 years since its premiere, in a special session that will take place on the 25th at CineCiutat (Palma).
The filmmaker is currently working on his latest film, Marlowe, starring Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger and Jessica Lange. The film is based on the Raymond Chandler classic and will be released in 2023.
‘Masters of cinema’: Isabelle Huppert and Sergei Loznitsa
In addition, Atlàntida Mallorca Film Fest will honor the French actress Isabelle Huppert and the Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa with their respective ‘Masters of cinema’. Huppert, the great lady of French cinema, winner of two César awards and a Golden Globe and distinguished with the National Order of Merit, will be the protagonist of the closing gala on July 31 at Misericordia.
For its part, the Balearic festival will also recognize Loznitsa’s career with the Masters of Cinema Award and the screening of his impressive latest feature film, ‘On the natural history of destruction’. It is a documentary that uses archive images to testify to the overwhelming bombings of the allied forces in German cities such as Cologne or Hamburg during the Second World War.
As Ripoll has reported, Mallorca will thus welcome great figures from the European cultural industry, with the presence of filmmakers such as Albert Serra, who will present Pacifiction after its premiere in the official section of the Cannes Festival. Likewise, the always transgressive Gaspar Noé will take a look at the last days of an elderly couple to Vórtex Island.
Meanwhile, Kike Maíllo and his documentary ‘El Forsificador’, about the figure of one of the greatest art forgers in history, Oswald Aulestia Bach, will be in charge of closing the festival. The event will also bring together Alain Guiradieu, who will present ‘An anonymous hero’, a film that unites terrorism and social comedy, or Annie Ernaux, who together with her son David Ernaux-Boix will present a documentary on the life of the writer .
Seventy films and twelve concerts
The festival, which will be held in person between July 24 and 31 on the island, will present a total of seventy films (65% will be premieres in Spain, 70% fiction and 45% will be first films, 45 % of them directed by women and non-binary people), twelve concerts, talks and several meetings with the industry.
Similarly, one of the novelties of this edition will be the meeting of the members of Còmica, a working group formed by the Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts (ICAA) and the different autonomous communities and territories of the State, who will meet on July 28 and 29 at Ca n’Oleo, headquarters of the Department of Culture of the Ministry of European Funds, University and Culture, with the aim of collaborating and launching joint initiatives that lead to a cinematographic and audiovisual policy more solid.
Within this framework, the General Directorate of Culture of the Balearic Government will promote Emergente, a workshop aimed at sharing the challenges of producers and creators from communities with an emerging audiovisual industry or that do not have the activity of traditional production centers.
With the aim of bringing AMFF’s proposals closer to the public, activities in outdoor spaces will be free and screenings in cinemas will have a reduced price of 4 euros. For its part, the online edition of the festival will take place from July 24 to August 24 on the Filmin platform.
As the organizers point out, the Atlàntida Mallorca Film Fest, created by Filmin, the most valued national company in the Observatory of Culture, has established itself as one of the most important cultural events in southern Europe. In its last edition, 12,000 spectators attended the events organized in Palma in person, while its online edition had more than 750,000.
“Capital week for the Balearic cultural industry”
In statements to the media, the Minister of European Funds, University and Culture, Miquel Company, is a “first order” event for the Balearic Islands. “We are very happy to collaborate with Atlàntida for another year”, he underlined, recalling that the Balearic Executive collaborates with the event from its own department, the Ministry of Tourism and the Institut d’Estudis Baleàrics.
He also highlighted the Emerging initiative, a workshop with the different industries and audiovisual entities of the islands focused, as he explained, on seeking financing, projects and synergies. “It is a capital week for the Balearic audiovisual industry and we actively participate with this idea of an audiovisual ‘hub’ that we are creating”, Company has influenced.
The final aim, he concluded, is to “give visibility to emerging creators and provide tools and public and private collaboration so that the Balearic industry can carry out its work and grow more and more”.