Every summer, a million tourists invade the streets of Magaluf, an army of marauding spectres that turn the public space into a theme park where anything and everything goes. Meanwhile, the town's inhabitants attempt to live with the contradictions of this model of low-cost tourism that overruns their lives yet also brings with it millions of euros and jobs in the hospitality sector. A group portrait of a community in low and high season, Magaluf Ghost Town is a mysterious thriller that mixes documentary and fiction with dashes of local colour and humour. A penetrating reflection on what it means to be a tourist in Europe today.
Miguel Ángel Blanca (Sabadell, 1982) graduated from ESCAC in screenwriting and was a member of Manos de Topo. In 2009 he began work on the transmedia found-footage project Your Lost Memories, which led to a feature film of the same name codirected with Alejandro Marzoa and screened at l'Alternativa 2013. He was back at the festival the following year with Després de la generación feliç (2014) which interwove found footage with music as its leitmotif. He then made Un lloc on caure mort (2014) and La extranjera (2015), in which he explored the idea of tourist invasions, only this case in Barcelona. His 2017 feature Quiero lo eterno delved into teenage nihilism.
- Production company Boogaloo Films
- Producer Bernat Manzano
- Photography Raúl Cuevas
- Editing Javier Gil, Miguel Ángel Blanca, Ariadna Ribas
- Music Sara Fontán, Edu Pou
- Sound Cosmic d'Alessandro
- Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
- Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival (International Competition Golden Alexander Award)
- Transilvania International Film Festival
- Espoo Ciné International Film Festival