Special guests

A restless-looking documentary filmmaker, Steve James has found in the cinema a resource to put on the social inequalities, the traps of the system, and the most flawed flaws of the American society, seemingly idyllic in the eyes of Donald Trump. Turning the marginalized into heroes, over the years, James has uncovered stories of superannuation and small victories in doomed communities in the outskirts.

With a camera that seeks the truth in archival looks, gestures, and images, Steve James digs into his country’s judicial system, school system, and economic system to dispel the injustices that are being perpetrated, they hide there because of intrinsic racism.

Twice Oscar nominated for his documentaries Hoop Dreams (1994) and Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016), Steve James has been awarded and endorsed by the press at various festivals around the world. A major support that she rewarded in 2014 with the documentary Life, Itself, a touching piece by Roger Ebert, a key journalist for American film criticism.

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Filmoteca de Catalunya

Author of key films of the Quebec New Wave movement such as Curling (2010) and Vic+Flo Saw a Bear (2013), renowned filmmaker Denis Côté is coming to Catalonia to present his newest work, Répertoire des villes disparues, after its screening at festivals such as Berlin and San Sebastián. Well-known for his portrait of isolated and peculiar characters, living in small-towns with frozen landscapes, the director adds a startling supernatural component to his film that makes it even stranger, if possible, involving positively eerie scenes that flirt with the horror genre. Yet, in the end, Denis Côté is interested in the study of protagonists that belong to a certain place and a community from which they can’t run away. An impressive mood piece, unsettling and unconventional, that will unmistakably move the audience.

BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 12:  Director Denis Cote attends the 'Boris without Beatrice' (Boris sans Beatrice) photo call during the 66th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 12, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.  (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)

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Greener Grass premiered at Sundance in 2019 and left its mark at all the festivals where it was screened, thanks to the boldness of its directors-writers-lead actresses, Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe. Based on the 2015 short film of the same name, Greener Grass was made into a feature film that is surely one of the most imaginative and weird movies of the year.

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Brenden Hubbard aka BEAR, is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and producer. He has managed productions and festival runs for various films since 2012, including Fuzzy Logic’s short film, Curfew and the subsequent feature, Before I Disappear (Americana 2015). He has since been involved with over 30 other short and feature films including the winner of the 2015 Jury Award: International Fiction at the Sundance Film Festival, Oh Lucy!, Cul-De-Sac (official selection at Toronto International Film Festival), and most recently The Vanishing of Sidney Hall (A24, Sony International). Hubbard studied audio engineering at Temple University and has toured internationally with bands including Stellastarr*, Father John Misty and Dr. Dog. The Helping Hand is his directing debut.

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Seth and Ben Epstein are Los Angeles-based brothers with deep Dallas roots. They bicker like children, hug it out like grown children, and spend the rest of their time trying to make each other laugh.

They couldn’t be happier to premiere their film Something Like Loneliness with a Texas homecoming at the SXSW film festival. Now they arrive to Americana.

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