The Mostra Internacional de Films de Dones de Barcelona is a festival that emerged in 1993 with the purpose of making films directed by women visible and promoting female audiovisual culture. Throughout almost three decades, it has become a cultural space and an exhibition platform committed to the debate on creative processes. La Mostra highlights the importance of the contribution of women in audiovisual creation and addresses the role of festivals in the cinematographic journey. Unlike most film festivals, the Mostra offers a non-competitive alternative, organizing its events in both summer and fall.
The sections of the summer program of the MIFDB
Cinema out of place
During the months of May, June and July, five outdoor screenings will take place in Ciutat Vella, Gràcia and Nou Barris squares . The first four sessions will present comedies made in the 1990s by lesbian directors, with protagonists and plots that explore gender and sexual dissent. These films have become cult works for the LGTBIQ+ community due to their difficulty of access. As a closing of this open-air programming, the winning short films of Women's Shorts 2023 will be screened, an annual call for short films directed by women organized by TRAMA.
The Film Persistences section at the Filmoteca de Catalunya connects films rescued from different historical moments with contemporary works, generating new interpretation scenarios and establishing relationships between them. This encounter between old films and the current look allows us to discover new meanings and establish new connections with the public.
Yvonne Rainer Retrospective
Yvonne Rainer, renowned dancer, choreographer, and theorist, has left a mark on dance, film, and writing. From its beginnings in the Judson Dance Theater collective, it combined dance and experimental film. His text "No Manifesto" (1965) laid the foundations of his theory, questioning the spectacle and glamor of images of stars. In this retrospective, seven of his restored films will be presented, exploring his break with film conventions and the creation of his own cinematographic language. His first feature film, "Lives of performers" (1972), marked the way towards narrative subversion and non-identification with the characters. Over the course of three decades, he delved into political and social issues in six other feature films, tackling imperialism, identity, romantic love, privilege, and aging.
The 31st edition of the MIFDB will feature several special activities along with the sessions Cinema out of place, Filmic persistences and Yvonne Rainer Retrospective. These activities will include the projection of the results of two pedagogical processes with students from a high school and a university in Barcelona, a historical documentary about the struggles of women in Asturias, Barcelona and Madrid during the Franco regime, and a performance projection that challenges the conventional limits of cinema.