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Ibiza International Film festival 2011 – the lineup

May 23rd, 2011

The lineup for this years International Film Festival is looking cracking – and add to that Val Kilmer being here on the jury its looking great. Films will all be at the newly renovated Santa Eulalia Cinema “Teatro España”.

Wednesday 25th
11.30am – Las Vegas 500 Millones (1968) (They Came to Rob Las Vegas) Esp
Casino dealer Tony Vincenzo knows how to figure the odds, and he figures the job he’s planned is close to a sure thing. He knows about the route and the security measures taken to protect an armored car hauling cash from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. He knows no one will find the car after he’s detoured it off the road and into a specially constructed subterranean desert vault. And yet he doesn’t know enough. Gary Lockwood, Elke Sommer, Lee J. Cobb, Jack Palance and classic caper star Jean Servais (Rififi) are the marquee lights in this tale of a heist as improbable in execution as it is fun to watch. Grab “a thriller equivalent to Leone’s Westerns, reworking old formulas and paying tribute to them at the same time” (Adrian Turner, Time Out Film Guide).

6pm – Les rideaux rouges (2011) Esp – Subtitled Eng/fra
An Oedipus without a complex: Jose, a young man and an orphan, and Pablo, a boy of 13, flee the city, under threat and condemned to drift. Jose, who has to solve the mystery of his identity – Who am I? Who is my mother? is going to have to enter the adult world and set off to find his destiny through a long, solitary dialogue with nature and the rhythms of the world. A film that provides a contemporary vision of an ancestral myth.

8pm – La Rafle (2010) Fra – Subtitled Esp
1942. Joseph is eleven. And this June morning, he must go to school, a yellow star sewn on his chest. He receives the support of a goods dealer. The mockery of a baker. Between kindness and contempt, Jo, his Jewish friends, their families, learn of life in an occupied Paris, on the Butte Montmartre, where they’ve taken shelter. At least that’s what they think, until that morning on July 16th 1942, when their fragile happiness is toppled over. From the Vélodrome D’Hiver, where 13 000 Jews are crammed, to the camp of Beaune-La-Rolande, from Vichy to the terrace of the Berghof, La Rafle follows the real destinies of the victims and the executioners. Of those who orchestrated it all. Of those who trusted them. Of those who fled. Of those who opposed them. Every character in this film has existed. Every event, even the most extreme, transpired on that summer of 1942.

Thursday 26th

7pm – Festival of Lights (2010) Eng – Subtitled Esp
Separated from her father when their family immigrates from Guayana, a young girl comes of age in New York City. Battling through a troubled youth and a broken relationship with her mother, she struggles to find peace and discover the secret of what happened to her father.

9.30pm – Cash Crop – Eng
Picture yourself in a forest . . . of weed.
Each “tree” soaring to heights of 20 feet or more, your skin and clothes are getting sticky from the buds you’re brushing as you walk through. And, the smell (mmm, the smell!).

Growers ahead of you are talking about how their friends got raided last week, and how planes keep flying over their property several times a day.
Thinking about the lives of the people who contribute to this $45 billion/year industry, it sinks in that roughly 800,000 people are arrested for marijuana in the U.S. every year.
It seems so hard to fathom any criminal intent as you stand in awe of these magnificent, serene gardens and the loving, caring, down-to-earth people who cultivate them.
Cash Crop is an intimate look into the realities of these peoples’ lives and the communities who depend on them.

11.30 – Magic City Memoirs (2011) – Eng Subtitled Esp
Miami filmmaker Aaron Salgado captures the texture and energy of this pulse-pounding tropical paradise as only a true insider could. Three Miami private high school friends, Mikey, Eric and Angel, revel in their world of privilege and loose parental oversight, to live large on the hip-hop lifestyle — parties, fast cars, fast boats and easy sex — but the upcoming pressures of a life after graduation bear down on them. Mikey, a star baseball player must decide what path to take on his promising future, while Angel must deal with the chip on his shoulder that comes with being the son of the mayor of Coral Gables. As many a Miamian can tell you, life here can get a little too fast, and the boys face a night of trouble that brings them face-to-face with a sobering reality. Rarely has a hometown production made Miami look as beautiful and epic as Salgado and his talented crew have here; the dreamy sheen reminds us of all the magic that is possible from within.

Friday 27th

12am – Mercenaries (2011) – Eng Subtitled Esp
Andy Marlow is an ex-British S.A.S serviceman turned mercenary who is working covertly at an observation post in the Balkans after a military coup has resulted in the assassination of the Serbian Prime Minister. The coup has been instigated by Olodan Cracovic, the ex-commander of the Croat Army and wanted war criminal. During the unrest, Olodan’s army raided the U.S. Embassy and has taken the U.S Ambassador and his aide captives. The decision is taken to send in Mercenaries to carry out the top secret rescue. Marlow and his team are sent into Srebrenica under the cover of darkness. US Military personnel posing as United Nations peacekeepers are playing a support role, but cannot take part in active operations. Covertly, Andy and his team infiltrate Olodan’s headquarters, taking him captive and releasing the Ambassador and his aide. However the rescue is far from over. Now they are faced with transporting them back to a safe area twenty five miles south where US troops are waiting. With Olodan’s right hand man in pursuit, their mission takes an unexpected turn. They find themselves outnumbered, outgunned and fighting what could easily be a losing battle.

7pm – Small Town Murder Songs (2010) Eng Subtitled Esp

A modern, gothic tale of crime and redemption about an aging police officer from a small Ontario Mennonite town who hides a violent past until a local murder upsets the calm of his newly reformed life.

9pm – The Pink Wall (El Muro Rosa) 2011 – Esp
We couldnt find anything in english on this so here’s a google translation:
Look back on many occasions, it’s hard. And within the homosexual lifestyle, it is especially painful. But to learn to appreciate what we have today, how we have evolved and what we have to improve no choice but to look into the past. My professor said he could not know about a subject if it was not known about their evolution, and that is precisely what gives us the documentary “The Wall Pink ‘by Enrique del Pozo.

In the fifty minute-long documentary, Del Pozo and other LGBT persons life and we have the shadows of times not so distant with Franco and the first years of democracy today. Testimonials accompanying pictures and witnesses to the brutality with which politicians and security forces were attacking gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals.

11pm – I Want to Be a Soldier (2010) – Eng Subtitled Esp
I Want To Be A Soldier” is the story of Alex, an average eight year old kid who seems to grow a morbid fascination for images portraying violence. He begins to develop a communication problem with his parents and other kids at school, and closes in on himself, inventing two imaginary friends.

Saturday 28th

11.30am – Balearic Spirit
A set of 7 short films:

Ultimo Servicio
Mario is about to start his last day as a taxi driver. Things are not going very well, but on his final journey with a mysterious guest he will find the solution to his problems.

Dalt i Baix
Told in four minutes, a couple of tourists take a trip to Dalt Vila and feel that something magical happened just by crossing the Portal de Ses Taules.

Los Remedios de la Abuela
Spanish > English
Peter has been caught … in your own kitchen. To the rescue, there are a host of characters that seem taken from a comic Ibañez

Emilio José
Emilio José, a guy.

Meeting Steven
You have always heard that voice from within that speaks to you, whispering. It´s there through difficult and easier times. A voice that asks us to believe, to try hard, to do it.
Even though we try to stop it, it will never cease. From childhood it has accompanied us on life´s path. Those whispers are nothing but our dreams, feel them, pay attention to them, fight for them. They don’t have to be a whisper forever, life is a great opportunity. Make them real, they are waiting for you. Join the protagonist on a journey around the world to make your dreams come true, with determination and desire to succeed as your compass. To show you how everything is possible when you commit.

Som Taujà
Juan Mateo has been made bigger, but he is still a child inside. He lives in Santa Eugenia, a village where amazing things happen. Juan Mateo is a simple poet and adventurer, but when he looks to the horizon and up to the clouds he is sometimes overcome by nostalgia. But he has a secret gift…

Mississippi 1
Sara wakes up one morning and realizes that it no longer controls its reality. The day to day routine, his boss, are leading the edge of madness. An idyllic place where you feel that heavenly peace is beginning to take it over. What once was is not what it seems.

7pm – Ne Skazhu (I’m Not Telling) (2010) – Russian Subtitled Eng & Esp
Set in present day Russia, the film’s protagonists Ivan and Anna playfully mock and tease each other as their love oscillates from drunken, fiery passion to chilling, tragic consequences.

10pm – Bollywood Dream (2010) – Esp Subtitled Esp & Eng
Three Brazilian actresses decide to go to Índia to break into the Bollywood film industry. However, once they are inside the heart of Indian Culture and Mythology, their dreams and wills start to change on the contrast between the East and the West, the ancient and the contemporary values, between the individual the the collective yearnings.

10pm – The Doors (1991) – Eng Subtitled Esp
The film also doubles as a biography of the group’s late singer, the “Electric Poet” Jim Morrison. The movie follows Morrison from his days as a film student in Los Angeles to his death in Paris in 1971, at the age of 27.

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Ibiza’s International Music Summit & Film Festival – the review

June 14th, 2009

Our good friend Cila has cast her eye over this years Ibiza International Music Summit and the International Film Festival and reviewed them. We hope her analysis is taken in the spirit it deserves.

cuba gooding jnrOpportunity knocking…

Not many places the size of Ibiza can boast an International Music Summit or an International Film Festival, much less put on both in one weekend. Yet that’s exactly what happened over the first weekend in June. The array of stars, screenings, parties and panel discussions made for an exciting few days. At their best, both highlighted Ibiza’s creative potential. However, they also revealed that changes need to be made before Ibiza can claim its rightful place as a destination for international conferences and events.

Location, Location:

When the sun is shining and the Mediterranean is washing the beaches in little ripples of turquoise, Ibiza doesn’t need a tourist board. The island is its own best advertising and judging from the reaction of the guests at the Ibiza International Film Festival they were more than impressed. Jury member Bill Forsyth remarked “I can’t believe I’ve never been here before.” Actor Jimi Mistry was at the festival to present his documentary And the Beat Goes On – a visual love-letter to spirit of the island that left locals, for once, delighted with how Ibiza was presented.

One definite coup on the part of the IFF was using the stunning, eco-friendly Aguas de Ibiza hotel to house the visiting directors and celebrities. Its cool white interiors, high-technology design and stylish Art Deco exterior are an example of Ibiza at its best. It is a pity, however, that more effort wasn’t made to give the guests a chance to see the many sides of the island. The unofficial wrap party at Can Talaias, in the lush campo outside of Sant Carles offered at least a glimpse of Ibiza’s stunning natural beauty, but apart from that the delegates were centred in Santa Eularia – with the screenings at the Palacio de Congresos directly opposite Aguas de Ibiza, and evening events at the Cardamom Club and nearby Casa Colonial. They are all fine locations but they hardly capture the breadth of Ibiza.

The guests are filmmakers from around the world – why not show them the sheer variety and photogenic potential of the island? Why send them home without seeing Es Vedra, the sparkling waters of Ses Salinas and historic Dalt Vila? It would cost almost nothing to hire a couple of nice cars, a guide and whisk the guests out on a tour and the potential returns in terms of publicity and perhaps even future film projects are enormous.

international music summitThe International Music Summit is in a rather different situation, given that its delegates are largely people who already know and love the island. This does not mean there shouldn’t be an effort made to present the island in its best light. Last year the IMS ran in several venues across the island, including Atzaro, the Fenicia and Pacha, giving visitors an opportunity to see more of the island. This year all the daytime events were based at the Gran Hotel, which meant limited opportunities for delegates (from 29 countries) to get out and explore. Closing the weekend with a Basement Jaxx concert within the walls of Dalt Vila was a spectacular send-off that set tongues wagging for all the right reasons.

Organisation:

Looking at the IMS and the IFF as a whole it seems there are two options when it comes to organising events in Ibiza. Either throw vast amounts of time, money and energy into organising polished events to a London/New York/LA standard or accept that the island’s mañana attitude is part of its charm and aim for a more relaxed event.

Both the IMS and IFF aspire to high-gloss, but across the weekend struggled to deliver a five-star experience. The International Music Summit provided a nurturing environment for delegates but press found itself battling barely controlled chaos. One journalist arrived and asked to be directed to the press room only to be told by the publicist that they didn’t know where it was. Eventually, the journalist happened across it entirely by accident – tucked away behind an unmarked door. Other members of the media quailed at having to pay five-star prices for drinks, wondering aloud if they could expense their five-euro espressos. Given the excellent quality of the catering at the hotel, the IMS could easily have arranged for a water-and-coffee trolley at the back of the conference room.

bill forsythThe International Film Festival struggled to bridge the gap between its ambitions and the realities of on-the-ground organisation. With a red carpet unfurled between the lanky pine trees and risers set up optimistically for bustling photo calls it had the rather awkward feel of a kid wearing grown-up clothing. With utmost respect to the hard work of the organisers and volunteers, who sweated blood to make the festival run as smoothly as it did, the IFF is not exactly Cannes.

The increasingly haggard faces of the organisers as the weekend went on bore witness to the strain of trying to impose red carpet glamour on Ibiza’s sandy shores. Notably, the visitors were an easy-going lot, ready to be charmed by the island. Late-running press conferences, last-minute cancellations and moments of general confusion were taken with shrugs and smiles.

As the locals know, this is an island where time and chance tend to play havoc with the most carefully laid plans. In light of that, why not ditch the glitz and embrace the raffish charm of Ibiza instead? Have a red carpet, if absolutely necessary, but encourage everyone to walk it in bare feet. Instead of wallet-stinging €75 sit down dinners throw a €15 all-you-can eat buffet next to the sea, featuring locally sourced food. One notable omission in the food department was a lack of cinema snacks. Apart from a small bar serving there were no refreshments at the screenings. A job-lot of sweets, a few crates of Coca Cola and a popcorn maker would have instantly enhanced the atmosphere and helped fend off hunger pangs.

and the beat goes onCooperation:

The film festival and music summit were separated by barely 15 kilometres, but may as well have existed on separate planets. With the exception of the local press that flitted between both there was almost no intercourse between the two events. The benign explanation is that each had its own crowd, own goals and own glut of projects. It is closer to the truth to admit that creeping territorialism infected both the IMS and the IFF.

By focusing narrowly on “their” locations and their delegates, each missed opportunities to promote cooperation and creativity. One filmmaker commented on how challenging it is to find good music on a limited budget. How perfect would it have been to set up a joint panel on sourcing and licensing music, presented by the IMS and attended by visitors from the IFF? Equally, Jimi Mistry’s Ibiza documentary would have been great viewing for IMS delegates. Several of his music industry friends made the trip over to Santa Eularia for the screening but there should have been bus-loads of delegates there. It would have been better still if the film had been co-presented by the IFF and IMS, instantly creating a bond between the two organisations.

Communication:

Ibiza is multi-lingual, which presents challenges and opportunities. One of the notable weaknesses of the International Music Summit is its relentless Anglo-centricness. The publicity materials, including the website, are all in English. Given the location it borders on arrogance to not at least make the information available in castellano for the Spanish press. However, the Consell is equally guilty of linguistic muscle-flexing, presenting a two-hour talk at the IMS entirely in Catalan. Yes, it is the official language. But what is gained – apart from a sense of ideological superiority – by using it as a means of isolating the Consell from the music community? The Consell’s presentation was an opportunity to foster understanding and cooperation but it became a talking point for all the wrong reasons, with baffled delegates wandering out mid-session, hopelessly frustrated.

To its immense credit the IFF had a decidedly more cosmopolitan feel and its press conferences ran in two and sometimes three languages simultaneously. Publicity and press material was a rather random mix of English and castellano, however, and – notably – nothing was offered in German. A simple tri-lingual flyer with summaries of the screenings would have been an excellent publicity tool. Simply making more information available would have helped remedy the biggest problem the festival faced: lack of attendance. Passers-by looking for information on screening times had to rely on volunteers photocopying and handing out the unofficial film rotas. Visiting media pointed out that neither the Santa Eularia tourist office nor the main office of the Palacio de Congresos had any information about the event, and the Diario de Ibiza printed an incorrect schedule of events. The upshot was a lot of empty seats in the screening auditorium which is a shame given the excellent quality of films on offer.

Conclusion:

The Ibiza International Film Festival and the International Music Summit are both inspirational, exciting events with huge potential to showcase the best of Ibiza. Ideally they will continue to thrive and improve. As demonstrated by the trials and triumphs of this year’s events they have much to offer – and there is also room for improvement. It would be nice to see the organisation in coming years focused on presenting the lesser-known facets of Ibiza, supported by local businesses and enhanced by good communication between organisers, government and delegates and visitors.

The one comment locals heard repeatedly at the IMS and IFF was “wow, you’re so lucky to live here!” By building on that instant reaction both the film festival and the music summit have the golden opportunity to share that luck with the world at large – creating creative partnerships that benefit everyone.

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International Film Festival, #Ibiza – more news

April 26th, 2009

ibiza international film festivalThe third Ibiza International Film Festival will be taking place at the Ibiza Conference Centre (Palacio de Congresos de Ibiza) in Santa Eulalia between May 27th and June 3rd. Several hundred films have been submitted for consideration, as the organisers and judges seek to promote and encourage independent yet high-class cinema. Festival Director Xavier Benlloch declared, “Our aim is to be considered as the European Sundance.” They appear to be well on track as many of the major global media players have confirmed their attendance to report on the festival.

In the main competition, where films are competing for the Golden Falcon, they are showing eight productions. Alongside these are categories for feature films (Silver Screen), for productions from the archipelago (Balearic Spirit) and Video Clips. There will also be a tribute to the filmmaker and actor Terry Gilliam, by showing a series of films by the director. Gilliam, who is a patron and active sponsor of the Ibiza competition, rose to fame in the 70s as a member of the Monty Python team. His extensive film career has given him a cult following with productions including “Twelve Monkeys”, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and “Tideland”.

Obviously many other major players from the film industry will be attending, including more than a few VIP household names. For security reasons we aren’t able to disclose this star-studded guest list, but we can confirm that the general public are invited to attend the film showings and, indeed, some of the social events surrounding the festival. One example of these will be a one-off special themed night on May 29th for the conference delegates at the Cardamom Club in Santa Eulalia, entitled “Bollywood v Slumdog”. The power of Indian influences in independent filmmaking is obviously massive at the moment, so this will be one of the highlights of the social side of the Festival. Highlights of the evening will include a famous UK banghra band, a big name Indian DJ, typical street stores in the restaurant’s garden and Punjabi folk dancing.

Tickets for this night are available from the Cardamom Club, but you would be best advised to book early for the chance to catch a glimpse of your heroes, as this is bound to be a sell-out! Details of other festival social events, the details and times of the films to be shown and availability of tickets will all be released on May 15th via the www.ibizaiff.org website. This information will also be displayed on our own website as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime we are advised that the latest information and tickets for the films will all be available from those in the know at the Cardamom Club.

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