Germany, this year’s guest country in FILMETS Badalona Film Festival, shows huge cinematographic potential in the short film world.

23/10/2017

Before each screening, the directors will take part in a round table and discuss their short films’ contents

The Deputy Consul General of Germany in Barcelona, stated that “FILMETS is a great example of cultural exchange between cities across the world”

FILMETS Badalona Film Festival lived one of its central moments yesterday, with the session FOCUS FILMETS; Alemania, this year’s edition guest country. This session was attended by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Barcelona.

Up to ten films were screened during this session. But, before that, the directors and crew members of these films presented their works in a round table at the Zorrilla Theatre’s stage. Presently, Germany has one of the most powerful short film industries in Europe.

Round table on cinema

Among the participants of this round table were Anne Turek, representing German Films, the institution dedicated to the promotion of German cinema, Rogier Hardeman, director of ‘The Wedding Patrol’; Johanenes Louis, cinematographer of ‘Berlin Metanoia’, Paul Phillip, director of ‘Die Besonderen Fähigkeiten des Hern Mahler’; Katharina Jacobs, producer of ‘United Interest’; Francy Fabriz, director of ‘Etage X’; and Eva Medusa, actress in ‘Etage X’.

In this round table, film directors talked about what had prompted them to make their films, and discussed the context of every film.

The Deputy Consul General of Germany in Barcelona praised FILMETS’ cross-cultural side.

During his speech, the Deputy Consul General of Germany in Barcelona, Heinrich Theodor Proffe, said that “FILMETS is an excellent example of cultural exchange between cities all over the world”. “The Consulate of Germany supports every individual that works to spread tolerance beyond borders and beliefs, and tries to promote mutual understanding and diversity”, he added.

Heinrich Theodor Proffe

Badalona’s mayoress Dolors Sabater thanked Germany for being present in FILMETS film festival, “a country that treasures great talent in its film schools”. The mayoress defended her belief in “freedom of speech, our support to our institutions and to the release of political prisoners” in reference to the presidents of ANC, Jordi Sánchez, and Òmnium Cultural, Jordi Cuixart. Dolors Sabater concluded that “Badalona is a host city, plural and multicultural, that defends freedom and social justice”.

The head deputy of Badalona Comunicació, Josep Viñeta Balsells, said that “Germany was one of FILMETS’ pending subjects. A country that has given us artistic movements as essential as expressionism and auteurs as big Lubitsch, Fritz Lang, Friedrich Murnau or Fassbinder could not be missing from the list of countries we’ve dedicated FOCUS FILMETS to”.