Publicamos algunas de las reacciones que provocaron a críticos de cine y cineastas ciertos films que presentamos en la sección 20 años de l’Alternativa. En esta sección, a través de 22 largometrajes, mostramos la diversidad y el rigor de nuestra programación, recuperarando films y autores emblemáticos en la trayectoria del festival y en la evolución del cine independiente. Read on!

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J’entends plus la guitare (Philippe Garrel)

“Philippe Garrel is an underrated genius. He is the closest thing to a poet functioning today in French cinema. J’entends plus la guitare is possibly his masterpiece. It’s about his love affair with Nico, it’s about his heroin addiction, it’s also about surviving youth, surviving in an age where everything you stood for, believed in, dreamed of has been crushed.” (Olivier Assayas)

“The meaning of love, the mystery of women, life, and all that: Garrel finds it, everything, in the faces, bodies, and words of his actors. If not the greatest movie we’ll see this year—though it’s a strong candidate—J’entends plus la guitare will surely prove the most tenderly played.” Read on (Nathan Lee – Village Voice)

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Mein liebster Feind (Werner Herzog)

“Herzog told me how they met. When he was 12, he said, “I was playing in the courtyard of the building where we lived in Munich, and I looked up and saw this man striding past, and I knew at that moment that my destiny was to direct films, and that he would be the actor. As a meditation by a director on an actor, it is unique” (Roger Ebert)

“When the actor Klaus Kinski wrote his autobiography, he referred to Werner Herzog as ”the vermin,” ”this blowhard” and ”a miserable, hateful, malevolent, avaricious, money-hungry, nasty, sadistic, treacherous, cowardly creep.” And those were some of the nicer things he had to say. Now Mr. Herzog has a chance to return the favor with My Best Fiend, an account of their unbelievably turbulent collaboration and how each man tormented and goaded the other into doing his best work.” Read on (Janet Maslin – New York Times)


Hukkle (György Pálfi)

“A baffling, fascinating prose-poem on celluloid: its meaning is elusive, but its effect undeniable. This is a striking experiment in narrative and cinematic form, and in some ways it’s the most intelligent and ambitious film I’ve seen this year.” Read on (Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian)

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Animal Love (Ulrich Seidl)

“Werner Herzog declared after seeing this documentary “Never have I looked so directly into hell”. Seidl’s work suggests that ‘hell is us’ – that we ourselves create and perpetuate our own misery. Nowhere is this felt more clearly than in this critically acclaimed, darkly humorous study of Austrian pet owners.” (ICA London)

La sección 20 años de l’Alternativa se proyecta en el CCCB, la Filmoteca de Catalunya y el Instituto Francés.

Fassbinder and Herzog share prophetic words in Wim Wenders’ Room 666
“I think I’ll start by taking my shoes off…. you can’t answer a question like that with your shoes on” (Herzog)

To celebrate l’Alternativa’s 20th edition we present the history of the Festival through 22 feature films to give an idea of our rich, carefully crafted programmes and to show films that have played a key role in the evolution of the Festival in particular and independent filmmaking in general. It is only a taste, but we think it gives a flavour of what l’Alternativa stands for. The selection includes films by Fassbinder (Love is Colder than Death), Herzog (My Best Fiend) and Wenders (Alice in the Cities), all subject to retrospectives at l’Alternativa in the past. (To watch Room 666 try here).

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herzog“The Rogue Film School is not fot the faint-hearted; it is for those who have travelled on foot, who have worked as bouncers in sex clubs, or wardens in lunatic asylums, for those who are willing to learn about lockpicking or forging shooting permits in countries not favouring their projects. In short: for those who have a sense for poetry….” (Werner Herzog)
Check the website for the required reading and viewing list if selected. European seminar planned for 2011.