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Otherness (sold out)
September 2 @ 18:45 – 20:30
In Spanish media, the lesbian community is still drastically underrepresented. With Otherness, creators Nora Haddad Casedevall and Alba Cros Pellisé want to both highlight and fill this void in the landscape of Spanish cinema. Their film centers around this community by portraying lesbian couples in their surroundings. In doing so, they offer a space for, up until this point, unheard voices, and hope to pave the way for more inclusive representation.
Alba co-directed her first film, Las Amigas de Ágata (2015), with Laia Alabart, Laura Rius and Marta Verheyen. She has directed the documentary Resiliència (2020) for the 2020 National Culture Awards of the CoNCA and has worked with Carlos Marquès-Marcet on The Days to Come (2019). After several small projects, Otherness is her second feature-length film.
Nora is a sound engineer, sociologist and musician. She began investigating the world of audible and social art with a master’s degree from the University of Barcelona and led several projects related to sound art. Currently, she works as a sound designer and sound engineer in films. Otherness is her first film as co-director and co-screenwriter.
Rosa Oomen, QFFU
“So why do we have to look for labels within this love?” – Fatou
Otherness (2023) is a documentary that collects diverse voices of the lesbian community in Catalonia. The film depicts an intimate journey through intertwining lives within four generations of queer people that helps us understand what it is like to exist in a world defined by heteronormative structures whilst belonging to the LGBTQ+ collective. Otherness is a touching contemporary work that explores different gender expressions and what it can mean to identify as lesbian or to reject such labels altogether.
Original language title: Alteritats
Directed by: Nora Haddad Casedevall and Alba Cros Pellisé
Running time: 91 mins
Ull Nu Film Festival Andorra la Vella 2023 – Best Feature
Fic-Cat Festival Roda de Berà 2023 – Best Documentary
Mostra Fire!! Barcelona 2023 – Audience Award Best Documentary
An introduction to the movie is given by QFFU.