In addition to buying traditional books and roses, in Sant Jordi you can also enjoy the Bcn Film Fest, which will be held at the Verdi Cinemas in Barcelona from the 20th to 27th of April. Under the motto "Where the film is as good as the book", the second edition of the contest aims to maintain a close link with the cultural spirit of Saint George's Day, proposing films based on adaptations of literary works, productions with historical background and biographical features of great personalities.
For now, the organization has confirmed some 18 films that will compete in the official section of the festival. The latest titles to join the bill belong to genres as varied as thriller, biopic and historical drama. These are the following films: 'The Scandal Ted Kennedy' by John Curran, with Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms, Bruce Dern. This biopic tells the story of Senator "Ted" Kennedy at the time of leaving a party on the island of Chappaquiddick, Massachusetts, accompanied by Mary Jo Kopechne, a former secretary of his murdered brother, Robert Kennedy. "Ted", drunk, is careless while driving and his car rushes to a lake from an old bridge. Only the senator leaves the vehicle, but warns of the accident after several hours and the body of the woman is recovered without life. The machinery to protect the political career of "Ted" Kennedy is set in motion; 'L'Echange des Princesses' by Marc Dugain, with Lambert Wilson, Anamaria Vartolomei, Olivier Gourmet. The film is set in 1721, year in which Philip of Orleans, Regent of France until Louis XV reaches the legal age of legal age, plot an ingenious plan to seal peace with Spain, after a war that has left both countries very weakened Felipe offers the Spanish king two marriages: one between the French heir Luis XV, aged 11, and the Infanta Mariana Victoria, aged 4, and another between his own daughter, the 12-year-old Montpensier, and the Prince of Asturias , the successor to the Spanish throne. Madrid responds with enthusiasm to the proposal and the ceremonies are organized quickly, but nothing will go according to plan; 'Rebel among the rye' by Danny Strong, with Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Spacey, Sarah Paulson. The film tells the life of the famous and enigmatic writer J.D. Salinger, focusing on the circumstances surrounding the creation of his masterpiece, 'The Catcher in the Rye'. The struggle of young Salinger to find a voice of his own, his love relationships, service in World War II and the support of his professor Whit Burnett will influence the writing of the novel that would catapult him to fame and lead him to renounce appearing publicly the rest of his life; and, finally 'The heroes of Gwanju. 18.05.1980 'by Jang Hoon, with Song Kang-Ho, Thomas Kretschmann, Yoo Hai-Jin. A drama based on real events, whose protagonist is Man-Seob, a widowed taxi driver who lives in Seoul with his seven-year-old daughter. His big chance to change his luck comes when a German reporter offers him a fortune in exchange for a job: the journalist wants him to take his taxi to the city of Gwangju to cover a massive popular protest that has broken out against the government. Man-Seob accepts the assignment and in the company of the reporter he will live an experience that will change him forever.
The organization of the Bcn Film Fest has also confirmed one of the illustrious visits to the festival, which in the previous edition attracted, among others, Richard Gere or Santiago Segura. The Belgian filmmaker Agnès Varda - awarded with the Honorary Oscar by the Academy of Hollywood - who will present 'Faces and places', also nominated for best documentary at the 2018 Oscars.