Parallel Sections

Basilio Martín Patino - Octavia

The Parallel Sections at l'Alternativa offer a window onto different places and times to reveal the best in international independent filmmaking – original, creative, committed voices that form part of a rich, alternative cultural tradition.

Work by young, up-and-coming directors, retrospectives and tributes to little-known filmmakers all offer the Barcelona public different forms of artistic expression to sharpen our critical edge, equip us with tools to explore the world around us and free our imagination.

Above all, these sections offer a wide range of films that aren’t afraid to break conventions in pursuit of a highly personal style and greater creative freedom. Now more than ever, this kind of filmmaking represents a powerful tool and portal to other values and attitudes outside mainstream currents.