We are one, online film festival

Don’t miss out “We Are One”, the sum of 21 film festivals around the world

No shouts, toasts or red carpets. Without glamor, awards or screenings on the big screens, last Friday has launched the We Are One: A Global Film Festival, a free and open access film festival, via Youtube.

A hundred films available to everyone at a time of global cinematic shutdown in which the world’s major film festivals have come together to make donations to NGOs fighting Covid-19.

But this time they will have to be seen from the sofa, in any corner of the world, which is why this new film festival is born.

Thanks to the union of the 21 most important competitions in the world, such as Cannes, Berlin, Venice or San Sebastian, and through YouTube, everyone will be able to feel “festival mood” for ten days.

Symbolic collaboration, yes, because it does not replace the festivals that are suspended, postponed or that have to arrive, nor does it have a program that can be compared. Among the hundred films selected, most short, of world premieres, there are only 13.

And with stories ranging from the drama of emigration to “Atlantique,” Grand Jury Prize at the last Cannes, to stories about how to drive monkeys out of Mumbai’s official buildings.

Girona’s Isaki Lacuesta is chosen to represent the San Sebastián Festival, with “Los pasos dobles”, his first Concha de Oro, in 2011, along with two documentaries on Basque culture and gastronomy.

We Are One will also be a space for talks by filmmakers such as Francis Ford Coppola, Jane Campion, Steven Soderbergh, Bong Joon-ho, Guillermo del Toro and Albert Serra, in conversation with John Waters.

In times of downtime and physical distances, festivals are activated and closer than ever by bringing together audiences and voices from around the world.

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