Sun 27 Sept

Josep

Cert. PG

Festivals & Series

London Spanish Film Festival 2020

71 min

In French, Catalan, Spanish and English with English subtitles

France/Spain/Belgium | dir. Aurel, with Sergi López, Xavier Serrano, David Marsais, Alain Cauchi | 2020 | animation | UK premiere

Part of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival Official Selection, Josep is the debut of editorial journalist Aurélien Froment, better known as Aurel and famous for his illustrations for Le Monde and his graphic novels about jazz and international politics. The title subject is Catalan artist Josep Bartolí. Rather than focusing on Bartolí’s intense and rough life, first as a soldier fighting against Franco, then as lover of Frida Kahlo and finally as a victim of the Hollywood blacklist, Aurel focuses mostly on his life in a French internment camp after the Spanish Civil War and on the friendship he forged with Serge, the gendarme at the other side of the fence.

A wonderfully executed, exhilarating and unmissable poetic film of an artist’s life in difficult political circumstances.

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