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Brain Film Fest 2019

International Film Festival about the brain



The brain is the featured star of this film festival, a meeting point to raise awareness of its different aspects, such as its amazing capabilities and the diseases and conditions that threaten it. This year’s program includes a variety of sessions and new sections, as well as the screening of the shorts selected to compete for the 9th Solé Tura Award and several non-competition feature films.


The Jungle Book
Thursday 14, 11.00, Auditorium

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman
(USA, 1967). Animation, 78’
Special screening for people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, organized by the Alzheimer’s Program of the CCCB.


Life, Animated
Friday 15, 18.00, Sala Teatre

Director: Roger Ross Williams
(USA, 2016). Documentary, 92’

Ron Suskind, a journalist for The Wall Street Journal and Pulitzer Prize-winner, wrote a true-life story in 2014 entitled Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism. The book, on which this documentary is based, describes the efforts of his family to normalize Owen, an autistic boy who manages to live with his condition by adapting the decisions of his life to the animated characters of Disney.


Mais ca vida
Saturday 16, 15.00, Sala Teatre

Director: Rubén Riós
(Spain, 2018). Documentary, 72’

In 2012, Rubén Riós put forward the idea to his team of ​​making a short film using people with intellectual disabilities.


Peces de agua dulce (en agua salada)
Sunday 17, 15.00, Sala Teatre

Directors: Marc Serena and Biel Mauri
(Spain, 2018). Documentary, 79’

A documentary that explains not only the most important concepts of autism spectrum disorders, but also reveals what we as a society can do to include people with this disorder.


At the Philosopher’s School
Sunday 17, 17.00, Sala Teatre

Director: Fernand Melgar
(Switzerland, 2018). Documentary, 85’

Five preschool-age children with mental disabilities leave home for the first time to confront a challenge: to go to school. They are going to have to struggle against all manner of new things in a completely unknown environment: other children and adults, games and meals, behavior and communication. Melgar records and observes caregivers, families and the progress made over a one-year period.


The Moment

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17, Caravan located in Plaça Joan Corominas, next to the CCCB.
Capacity limited to 6 people per session. Register in the foyer of the Auditorium.

Director: Richard Ramchurn
(Great Britain, 2018)

A film that you can control with your mind. In the near future, the interface between mind and machine has been perfected. Everyone is laced. This 22-minute short film is screened for groups of 6 people. The mental waves of one of these people can change the content every six seconds throughout the film, which means that it has 18 billion possible versions.


Competition Screenings

Saturday at 11.15 and Sunday at 16.30

Bostezó el perro y casi se traga mi drama (Spain, 2017, documentary, 13’). Dir: Noemí Parga Iglesias
Nictofobia (Mexico, 2018, fiction, 14’). Dir: Karla Campuzano
Robarte una noche (Spain, 2018, fiction, 15’). Dir: Fernando Vera Moreno
Buenos días (Spain, 2018, fiction, 10’). Dir: Danny Camps
Psicolapse (Spain, 2018, fiction, 7’). Dir: Arnau Gòdia Montesinos
Compatible (Spain, 2018, fiction, 15’). Dir: Pau Bacardit
Khroma (Spain, 2018, fiction, 15’). Dir: Jordi Ferré Batalla


Saturday at 13.00 and Sunday at 11.15

El desequilibrio perfecto (Spain, 2017, documentary, 17’). Dir: Pau Ortiz
Accident de personne (Spain, 2018, fiction, 4’). Dir: Álvaro Martín
Carlotta’s Face (Germany, 2018, animation, 5’). Dir: Fabian Driehorst and Valentin Riedl
Insidia (Spain, 2018, fiction, 18’). Dir: Paco Ruiz
Julia y Manuel (Spain, 2018, fiction, 11’). Dir: Iñaki Sánchez Arrieta
A Young Girl (Netherlands, 17’). Dir: Jeannice Adriaansens
Memini (Italy, 2018, documentary, 17’). Dir: Marc Rossano


SESSION C (91’)  

¿Por qué apuntan a Sirio? (Spain, 2018, fiction, 5’). Dir: Jon Nieva Rivero
Tous les jours (France, 2017, fiction, 13’). Dir: Philippe Orreindy
L’Auxiliaire (France, 2017, fiction, 9’). Dir: Frédéric Plasman
El vuelo de Michael (Spain, 2018, documentary, 19’). Dir: Jesús de Frutos Ayuso
Help (Spain, 2018, fiction, 10’). Dir: Jorge Nebra
Cactus (Spain, 2018, fiction, 12’). Dir: Alberto Gastesi
Elena y Elena (Spain, 2017, documentary, 15’). Dir: Nieves Prieto Tassier and Elisenda Polinyà  
Miedos (Spain, 2018, fiction, 8’). Dir: Germán Sancho


Other activities

With One's Own Voice
Friday 15, 11.00 to 13.00, Sala Raval

Talk The Strength of Touched Souls by Assumpció Malagarriga.
Roundtable discussion With One’s Own Voice chaired by Cristina Salvador. Assumpció Malagarriga (Associació Superar l'Ictus), Penélope Aguilera (UVic-UCC), Edgar Vinyals (Associació Sarau) and Cristina Astier (UB-EIT Health). Including the participation of Tere Pérez (Alzheimer’s Program CCCB) and Sonia Gainza (Apropa Cultura director).


The Ages of the Mind
Saturday 16, 11.00, Sala Teatre

Talk: The Beginning of the World of Emotions by Remei Tarragó
TV report: Music Is Life (55’). Script and production: Santiago Torres. Director: Ramón Vallés
Talk: Retrogenesis and Life Stories by Nina Gramunt
Roundtable discussion: The Ages of the Mind chaired by Nina Gramunt


Technology and Brain
Saturday 16, 17.00, Sala Teatre

More Human Than Human
Dir. Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting
(Netherlands, 2018). Documentary, 79’

Artificial intelligence offers promises that may have consequences. The directors attempt to construct a robot that can replace them throughout this film. But the question is: will this infinitely more intelligent, interconnected and possibly self-aware creation make humanity obsolete?

Talk Robotics, AI and Social Media: The Need for an Ethical Debat by Carme Torras (CSIC-UPC)

Smartphones: The Dark Side
Producer and director: Matthew Hill
(Great Britain, 2018). Documentary, 30’

People are all increasingly glued to their smartphones and consumed by social media, but why? BBC reporter Hilary Andersson tracks down tech insiders who reveal how social media companies have deliberately developed habit-forming technology to get people hooked.


The Mind in Culture
Sunday 17, 11.00 to 14.00, Sala Teatre

11.00, play: And Who Are You? 
Creator and performer: Laura Calvet

Alzheimer's is the most common degenerative brain disease in developed countries. It represents the loss of our memory and history as a society. Childhood and old age join forces to find refuge in play and imagination.

12.00, show: Magic and Brain: More Than an Illusion
Performance by the magician Igor presented by psychologists from the Uszheimer Foundation.

The basic tricks, optical illusions and predictive, rote learning, attention processes that the brain activates when viewing a magic trick are presented in a theoretical and practical manner.

1pm, talk: Cinema with (and without) Brain by Eduardo de Vicente, film critic.

Àlex Gorina, film critic.


Parallel activities

Neuroart Award
Tuesday 12 March, 9.30 to 14.00, Hall CCCB

An art and scientific dissemination project that aims to inspire young secondary school students to create works of art about the nervous system: its structure, functions and plasticity.


27 February to 17 March, Teatre Lliure Montjuïc
Director: Mònica Bofill

A play by the British playwright Nick Payne from 2014 about the brain, the best “machine for creating stories”. A threefold inquiry into intelligence, memory and the mind that is based on real events.

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