“I am very curious to know how the film will be received by the actors and the public, but above all by the people we portray; know if they feel represented and what we’re talking about,” said Alcarraz director Carla Simon at a preview of the film, which was made on Tuesday at Llotja de Lleida. The action, which aroused great expectations in the city, had the main actors, all the inhabitants of the area, chosen after a careful casting, as well as representatives of institutions and leaders of various parties.
The Catalan director made her debut five years ago with Verano 1993, and with this film she returns to rural Catalonia, to her family and memories. The film was awarded the Berlin Golden Bear and received applause from national and international critics. Simon explained that one of the best things about this award was the reopening of cinemas in smaller towns in Catalonia that had been closed, and expressed his wish that they also reopen in smaller towns in other parts of Spain. “We are honored to reopen cinemas and I hope this will bring more films along the way,” Simon told reporters.
Before the screening, he thanked all the people who were involved in the film, the institutions and all the people who collaborated, not only by appearing in the film, but also by helping with locations and giving advice on field work. “I have a lot of nerves, this is a real audience, I want them to feel represented, I didn’t sleep well today,” he admitted.
Answering a question about the possibilities of participating in the Oscars, the director called for caution, because the film year is just beginning: “Cannes, Venice is not enough, there are many films to be presented, we don’t even know if Alcarraz will be the film that will represent Spain at the Oscars and we won’t know until August.”
Among the authorities present at the event were the Minister of Culture, Mikel Iceta, and the President of the Generalitat, Father Aragones. Both stressed the importance of supporting the territory, agriculture and cinema.
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