“In the beginning is this persistent vision that refuses to be forgotten. December 1998, an African desert. The sound of an engine in the dark, approaching headlights, an indistinct mass of human shapes crowded onto the back of a pick-up that emerge from the night and then disappear back into it again. This image, normally so fleeting, has become an obsession. I went back to the site of this apparition to make this film. I had to find the people I’d lost in the ones I’d find, with me going backwards as they moved forwards. For five days, the time it takes for a citizen to become an undocumented immigrant, they confront surroundings that are first and foremost an adversary, not a landscape (…)” (Olivier Dury). Mirages screens at l’Alternativa on Saturday 14th November 2009.

Bagatela es una de los nueve documentales a competición en la próxima edición de l’Alternativa. Es el retrato del día a día de los pequeños delitos en Bogotá, una ciudad acostumbrada a la violencia y a la desigualdad. Ganador del Premio Nacional de Documental en Colombia, Bagatela es, además, casi una producción catalana. La mayoría del equipo vive aquí y el director, Jorge Caballero, también. Proyección en la sección oficial de documentales de l’Alternativa martes 17 noviembre 2009.

Adhen / Dernier maquis is Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche’s third feature (following Wesh wesh, qu’est-ce qui se passe? (2002) and Bled Number One (2006)). The film explores themes of work, religion, politics and above all the complexities of life, asking questions and inviting debate. The film screened at Cannes, (where Sean Penn, President of the Jury, claimed it was the most important political film at the festival), Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver film festivals, and has been released in France to critical acclaim. The film will be screened in competition at l’Alternativa on Sunday 15th November 2009.

Gabbla / Inland by Tariq Teguia will receive its Spanish premiere in the feature film competition at l’Alternativa. The film was awarded the FIPESCI prize at the Venice film Festival, and then screened successfully at Rotterdam, Juanju, Seattle and Guadalajara film festivals, before being released in France to rave reviews. Inland reflects the contradictory political situation of present-day Algeria through Malek, a reclusive topographer who accepts a commission to survey a remote part of western Algeria. With a minimalist approach to plot and dialogue, and mesmerising cinematography, these present-day realities are interspersed with flashbacks of idealistic political debate, set against a soundtrack that mixes alternative rock, Nigerian Afrobeat and Algerian Rai. Screening Saturday 14th November 2009.