Barcelona (EFE).- The filmmaker Isabel Coixet will receive the Brain Film Fest 2023 Special Award, an event that this year will be held between March 15 and 19 at the CCCB (Barcelona Center for Contemporary Culture) and will offer the last Carlos Saura’s work, the documentary “Las paredes hablan”, as reported by the organizers this Monday.
For the second consecutive year, the festival awards a Special Prize to a relevant figure who, through his work, “contributes to the visibility of issues related to the brain.”
In the case of Coixet, his long career is remembered, in which “he has treated the issue of trauma and post-trauma in a precise, delicate and respectful manner”, with films such as “Things I never told you” (1996), “My life without me” (2003), the documentary “Journey to the heart of torture” (2003) or “The secret life of words” (2005).
Nor do they forget his latest works, the documentary “El techo amarillo”, which will be screened at the festival, and the miniseries “Taking care of each other makes us human” (2022).
Promoted by the Pasqual Maragall Foundation, the Brain Film Fest, co-organized with Minimal Films, with the collaboration of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology-Ministry of Science and Innovation, has announced today some of the titles of its sixth edition, such as “The walls speak”, by the recently deceased Carlos Saura.
Together with his brother Pedro, an expert in Paleolithic art, the Aragonese director reflects on the origin of art and with the Mallorcan artist Miquel Barceló portrays “the evolution and relationship of art with the wall as a blank canvas”.
The presentation of the film will be completed with the round table “Neuroart: Creativity from the first neuronal spark”, with the doctor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Cantabria and director of the Laboratory of Cellular and Systems Neurobiology of the Center for Genomic Regulation , Mara Dierssen and the artist, professor and art critic Carles Guerra, moderated by the journalist Elisenda Roca.
Other titles that can be seen in this edition are: “Bigger than Trauma”, by Vedrana Pribačić, about the trauma of three women twenty years after the Balkan War; “Lisa, the web series”, by Ingrid Santos and Raquel Barrera; “A school in cerro hueso”, by Betania Cappato; “The essence of Ernesto”, by Àlex Remadaker; “Imad’s Childhood”, by Zahavi Sanjavi; “Dance the madness”, by Marta Espar and Maiol Virgili and “Loca por la vida”, by Raphaël Balboni and Ann Sirot.
In the session “Immerse yourself in sign language!”, coordinated with the Inclús Festival, a selection of short films made in this type of language will be offered.
The XIII Solé Tura Award, which distinguishes short films related to brain themes, will offer works that can be consulted on the festival’s website, as well as micro shorts that can be voted for online.
As usual, the Brain Film Fest prepares various round tables, conferences and workshops on this year’s theme: art, creativity and the brain, and there will be parallel activities, such as the CCCB’s “Alzheimer Program”, a proposal to bring cinema and culture to people who suffer from this disease.
On the other hand, the company La Sinàptica will represent from March 15 at the El Maldà theater in Barcelona the play “3 desitjos”, which portrays a young couple whose daily life is altered when he is diagnosed with an unknown and minority genetic variety of Alzheimer’s disease.
In addition, he will travel to Madrid, on March 24, with the programming at the Espacio Fundación Telefónica of the documentary “Theater of Thought”, by Werner Herzog.
All activities require registration and are free, except the workshops, which are priced at eight euros.
A selection of films from the festival will be included on the Filmin platform, for a price of fifteen euros, between March 15 and 21.