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The Network - 25/12/2010


Carles Ribas, Responsible for the cinema Truffaut, Girona



In Girona, the cinephiles rule! Cinema Truffaut, member of Europa Cinemas since 2003 which just celebrated its 10 years, is unique  in Spain, in that it is managed, with public funding, by a group of film critics. Carles Ribas, one of the critics responsible for running the Cinema Truffaut, tells us more.

Please introduce your film theatre for us

The Girona Cinema Ciritics’ Collective of was formed in 1990 when a group of film critics from the local media got together. Faced with a lack of original language film screenings in Girona, the collective got in touch with local exhibition companies and organised, with Cines Cataluña, two editions of the Girona Critics’ Week, screening films which had never been seen in Girona.
In 1992, an agreement was reached with Cine Moderno, which allowed the Collective to programme their Screen B, which was consequently renamed ‘Cine-estudio Truffaut’.  Ever since, that screen has shown one original language film per week, with two screenings per day.  When Cine Moderno closed down, the City Council bought the building and the Collective was selected to run the new ‘Cinema Truffaut’. 
The Girona Cinema Ciritics’ Collective established itself legally in 2000 as a not-for-profit cultural association. What is particular about the Cinema Truffaut, is that it is privately-run with public funds, the only such kind in Spain.

How did you celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Cinema Truffaut, last November?

In the week of 12-18 November 2010 we organised various events, in particular an eight-film cycle, organised with the Filmoteca de Cataluña, of films chosen by the Critics’ Collective as the most representative films from the previous 10 years’ programming (e.g. Olivier Assayas’ L’heure d’été, Wong Kar-wai’s In the mood for love…). Another key event was the national preview premiere of the documentary La noche que no acaba, by local director, Isaki Lacuesta, produced by Turner Classic Movies, about Ava Gardner’s visit to the province of Girona. 
The Cinema Truffaut could benefit from a second screen in the renovation project of the old Modern de Girona cinema. Can you tell us more about the project?
The Critics’ Collective has been asking for a second screen for the Cinema Truffaut for years: having to combine our general programming with film cycles organised by the Filmoteca or other cultural institutions means that we cannot always screen everything we want.  Having two screens would allow us to diversify and tidy-up our programming.  The City Council’s plan to create a second screen has been approved. They are currently carrying out a study amongst the citizens of Girona to see how they prefer it to be and how other cultural spaces could be integrated.
How would you describe your relationship with distributors?

We have a good relationship with them, but it is clear that the policy of distributing films in original language with Spanish subtitles does affect us detrimentally [i.e. they are not subtitled in Catalan].  These days distributors have very small print runs (between 4 and 6) and only think of venues in Madrid, Barcelona and a couple of other big cities. This often means that we cannot play a film on its national release date.
What do you think of the Cinema Law in Cataluña, which forces distributors to dub or subtitle half of the prints run in Catalan?

Following on from my previous answer, forcing distributors to widen their print run to include more subtitled in Catalan will allow us to screen more first-run films. So, in this sense, we are happy with it.  But with reference to dubbed films, we do not support it, since we are completely against the concept of dubbing films.

Which Spanish/Catalan film would you recommend to non-Spanish exhibitors?

Without a doubt, I would recommend Bicicleta, cuchara, manzana. It is a documentary directed by Carles Bosch (filmmaker and journalist  whose film Balseros was nominated for an Oscar) which deals with the subject of Alzheimer through the character of Pascual Maragall, former Mayor of Barcelona and former President of the autonomous government of Cataluña. Bosch succeeds in being tender, informative and supportive in equal measures.

Stéphanie Dufour, December 2010