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MajorDocs presented its 5th edition and full programme on September 13th with a press conference at the official hotel of the festival, INNSiDE Palma Center by Melià.
● The new edition will be held from October 3rd to 7th at s’Escorxador and premieres the Estudi General Lul·lià as a new venue.
● Among the documentaries to be screened this year there is an international premiere, 4 national premieres and three Balearic premieres.
● The theme of this year’s professional sessions focuses on “Editing as writing”.
Starting next October 3rd, the fifth edition of MajorDocs, the first slow film festival, will be held in Palma. Continuing with its international commitment, the eight films that make up this year’s official section come from countries such as France, Canada, Argentina or Burkina Faso, and among them are included four national premieres and one international.
The festival’s director, Miguel Eek, presented this year’s edition with special emphasis on the three fundamental elements of the festival: authors, creation and slowness. “We focus on three elements that do not change and we claim that at a time of haste and distractions there can be a space to watch films in a different way, with greater awareness and rest. This year’s poster has also been presented, where you can see a group of moths around a point of light. “We creators can feel recognized in the relationship between these insects and light,” said the festival director, “because we seek light and truth, and sometimes from this search we get hurt.”
The eight films that make up this year’s official section pose, from different points of view and themes, interesting reflections in the social, political and cultural fields. The list includes the following titles:
● Apolonia Apolonia, by Lea Glob, a Danish documentary that focuses on the figure of the young artist Apolonia, one of the names that stand out in contemporary art. National premiere.
● The Dependents, by Sofía Brockenshire, in which the Canadian filmmaker reflects on her own biography and her relationship with migration. National premiere.
● Knit’s Island, directed by Quentin L’helgoualc’h, Ekiem Barbier and Guilhem Causse, a singular audiovisual experiment from France in which its directors portray, in first person, their adventures as users of a video game. Premiere in the Balearic Islands.
● A los libros y a las mujeres canto, by Maria Elorza, in which the Basque director pays tribute to literature through the women around her who have instilled this passion in her. Balearic premiere.
● La llum cau vertical, directed by Efthymia Zymvragaki, a Spanish production in which the director approaches the story of a man who says he carries violence inside and, in this encounter, remembers his own past. Premiere in the Balearic Islands.
● Weightless, by Marta Hryniuk, Nick Thomas, a poetic documentary arriving from the Netherlands centered on an anthropological quest that its protagonist carries out in southeastern Ukraine. International premiere.
● Puerto Deseado, by Juan M Bugarin, an Argentine production portraying the story of Wytrikusz, a former Falklands combatant, who intends to undertake a particular journey. National premiere.
● Al Djanat, directed by Chloé Aïcha Boro, a co-production of France, Burkina Faso, Benin and Germany that focuses on family feuds following the death of one of its members. National premiere.
This year’s jury is composed of Avi Mograbi, this year’s guest of honor, Sylvie Gadmer and Zeynep Güzel.
As in previous editions, the screenings of each film will be doubled in order to facilitate the public’s access to all of them and, in keeping with the festival’s philosophy, after each screening the audience will be able to establish a personal dialogue with the filmmakers.
Among the speakers participating in this year’s sessions are filmmaker Avi Mograbi, essayist and writer Ramón Andrés and editor Sylvie Gadmer, who will take part in the professional sessions framed this year around the theme “Editing as Writing”.
Israeli filmmaker Avi Mograbi, one of the most important documentary filmmakers in the Middle East, will be in charge of opening the fifth edition of MajorDocs with the screening of Once I Entered a Garden. The screening will take place on Tuesday, October 3rd and will be accompanied by a discussion with the filmmaker. In addition, during the opening, the new short film by filmmaker Javier García Lerín, focused on the relationship between his mother and son, will be premiered. The musical note will be provided by Jaume Compte Nafas Ensemble.
MajorDocs is the first international documentary film festival in Mallorca; a space to discover and enjoy other realities and other views through a careful selection of documentaries; spaces dedicated to creation and creators such as MajorDocs PRO; and MajorDocs EDUCA, a program that offers proposals and methodologies to encourage the active discovery by students of cinema as art, culture, creation and space, reflection and dialogue. All in all, the MajorDocs festival manages to contribute to the vindication of the island as a space directly connected to the film sector, not only as a film set or starting point for projects but also as a place to discuss and reflect on them.
MajorDocs is a project of Mosaic and El Obrador and has the support of the Consell de Mallorca and ICAA, the sponsorship of INNSiDe Palma Center and Fundación Mallorca Turisme and the support of Universitat Illes Balears, Conselleria d’Educació i Formación Professional and Ajuntament de Palma.