Al Pot Petit, Catalan Short Films

December 11, 2019 @Griessmuehle 20:00h together with Mobile Kino

A selection of films from Shortcats 2019 with the support of the Catalan Culture Institut Ramon Llull.


by Gerard Vidal Cortés | 11′

Every year, thousands of people coming from Africa try to reach Spain in desperate and dangerous journeys across the Mediterranean. Tariq is a young Moroccan who works for a mafia that organises these illegal journeys. His job is to carry immigrants in a dinghy across the strait and not getting caught. But every trip might be the last one.


Gerard Vidal Cortés was born in Barcelona in 1994. Graduated in film directing at ESCAC in 2018. He has worked as a writer, director, assistant director and script supervisor in many projects. He wrote and directed Tahrib as his graduation project in college. He also co-directed the feature film, La filla d’algú.


by Júlia de Paz | 19′

“AMA” is the story of many women, exposed in solitude to the mythical motherhood. Pepa and her daughter Leila are thrown out of their home, being dragged to find a place to sleep before grow dark on a happy day of carnival.


Julia de Paz, born in Sant Cugat (Barcelona), 1995. AMA is a short film directed by Júlia, presented as a final Project of the ESCAC University. Júlia de Paz film studies began at the age of 18. In the second year she specialized in cinematographic direction, where she found her main motivation: coaching. Her main motives starts at the concern with the figure of the women. The goal is to work with stories that can be debated and criticized through a long process of research. Also work with issues focused on inequality in all areas specially in gender inequality emerging from the role of women in society. Trying to find a connection between documentary and fiction. With so many topics to deal with, Julia hopes to find stories as she drives her way into an active daily struggle.


by Marta Bayarri | 15′

Marga is trapped in a routine life working in a slaughterhouse. Then, one day, a cow looks straight at her.


Marta Bayarri is an actress, writer and director based in Barcelona, Spain. She got her start as a director with the short Una Nit (2014). She followed it up with “Fugit” (2016), which was released to wide acclaim, achieving the Candidacy for the Goya Awards 2018. Vaca (2018) is her latest film. With a great international acceptance, receives a nomination at the HBO Ibero-American Short Film Award at the Miami Film Festival. It recently received the Candidacy for the Goya Awards 2020.

Suc de síndria

by Irene Moray | 23′

Barbara and Pol spend a few days on holiday with a group of friends in a house surrounded by nature. They want to have a good time and find a peaceful space where they can enjoy their intimacy. With the support of Pol, in the midst of nature, between tears and laughter, Barbara will heal old wounds and redefine her sexuality.


Irene Moray (1992) is a photographer and filmmaker from Barcelona. In 2012 she moves to Berlin and for three years she collaborates with the performance collective the–family with which she performs in various cultural entities throughout Europe as the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo or the Chisenhale Gallery in London. During her stay in Berlin, she directs her first fiction short film: Bad Lesbian. After four years in Germany, she decides to return to her hometown where she has shot her next short film as a writer and director: Suc de Síndria (Watermelon Juice) premiered at Berlinale Shorts. She works as a photographer for different agencies, producers and publications such as i-D, Dream Magazine, S.C.P.F., Distinto Films or Erika Lust.


by Xavier Marrades | 21′

Filmed around Brazil’s Itaparica Island, this oneiric documentary evokes the rich, complicated ancestry of Bahia—considered the African heart of Brazil—through the dreams of its present-day inhabitants.


Xavier Marrades was born in 1979 in Barcelona. He studied a MFA in experimental documentary at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Misericórdia was released this 2019 at the MoMA in New York under the New Directors New Films festival. Cucli (2016) was his previous documentary short film, shown at festivals around the world, IDFA, Cartagena de Indias, Camerimage, NYFF, among others. He previously directed a documentary feature film, The Land of Strangers (2009).

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