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The most daring titles showcased at the fifth Ibizacinefest

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- The Ibiza International Independent Film Festival is once again putting its faith in risky, original and experimental cinema, this time via Filmin from 26 February-7 March

The most daring titles showcased at the fifth Ibizacinefest
Elsewhere, Everywhere by Isabelle Ingold and Vivianne Perelmuter

In bizarre times such as these, we can be thankful whenever events, large or small, decide to persevere and continue fuelling the passion of film buffs. That’s why it’s such good news that Ibizacinefest – Ibiza International Independent Film Festival is also staying loyal to its annual rendezvous and is lifting its (virtual) curtain on 26 February, offering a carefully curated programme of arthouse and alternative films on the Filmin platform. Headed up with passion and tenacity by Xavi Herrero (the helmer of works such as Salka, In No Man’s Land [+see also:
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), its fifth edition will continue online until 7 March, with on-site events planned for April, depending on the health situation then (these will be announced in due time on the gathering’s website and via its social networks).

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On this occasion, in its competitive Official Panorama Section, the Balearic festival will showcase European films of the likes of Birdsong (Belgium), a young Japanese woman’s descent into hell as she endeavours to succeed in the music world at any price, helmed by Hendrik Willemyns; In My Dream (Turkey) by Murat Çeri, about a boy traumatised by an accident, who strikes up a special relationship with a donkey; Marana (Italy), in which Davide Provolo and Giovanni Benini delve into the world of autism; and Elsewhere, Everywhere (France) by Isabelle Ingold and Vivianne Perelmuter, an Iranian man’s journey across Europe, as observed by the very screens and lenses that are monitoring him. Then there are Latin American films such as La vida en común by Argentina’s Ezequiel Yanco, Fractal by Mexico’s Mariana González, Killing the Dead by Paraguay’s Hugo Giménez, the Bolivian production The Names of the Flowers by Bahman Tavoosi, and even Asian movies of the calibre of Woman of the Photograph by Japan’s Takeshi Kushida alongside US efforts like Stalking Chernobyl: Exploration after Apocalypse, a depiction of that infamous, accursed, extravagant titular Russian tourist destination, courtesy of Iara Lee.

Standing out in the similarly competitive Humans in Focus strand are various Spanish productions: This Film Is About Me [+see also:
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, a movie shot in a women’s prison by Alexis Delgado Búrdalo; El Drogas [+see also:
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, a portrait of musician Enrique Villareal, directed by Natxo Leuza; Jordi’s Letters [+see also:
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, the feature debut by San Sebastián native Maider Fernández Iriarte, about the vital importance of communication between human beings; El arte de frío by Ander Duque, based on the graphic novel by his colleague Felipe Almendros; the fresco on the elderly that Ione Atenea has constructed in Enero [+see also:
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; the co-production with France I Am the Sun by Ilaria Gambarelli, which tackles the personal and professional relationship between designers Lorenzo Riva and Luigi Valietti; and the hidden face of friendship offered in Óscar Martín’s Amigo [+see also:
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, starring David Pareja and Javier Botet in the lead roles. The line-up is rounded off by Malpaso (Dominican Republic) by Héctor Valdez.

The Fem-Cine section (homing in on titles that promote gender equality), professional conferences (in which Ángela Bosch’s master class about audiovisual promotion and distribution is a standout event) and a sizeable programme of short films (split into five strands: national, international, animation, experimental and Balearic), in addition to special screenings of the feature The Diver Inside [+see also:
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by Günter Schwaiger (co-produced by Spain, Austria and Germany), the Belgian-French documentary Overseas [+see also:
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by Yoon Sung-a and My Mexican Bretzel [+see also:
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by Spaniard Nuria Giménez Lorang, round off this festival, which, while still fairly young, is nonetheless an exceedingly interesting event.

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(Translated from Spanish)

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