Special Session


Miguel Ángel Blanca | Spain | 2022 | Episodes from 1 to 5, 84 min.
O.V. in Spanish

Berta Prieto and Belén Barenys write, together with Miguel Ángel Blanca (Magaluf Ghost Town) this series about the vital moment of a generation, of which five episodes will be screened. Autodefensa is about two friends who have a great time together without having to ask anyone's permission. The film is about being in your twenties, living in Barcelona and wanting to step over every possible emotional red line to discover who you really are. It's about the adventures of two cheeky lunatics who don't want anyone to tell them how to do things, creating their own world in order to be queens. Actually, Autodefensa is about two girls who are really scared and having fun in self-defence. They say they're sorry, it was all 'self-defence', they were just too scared.

Sabadell, 1982. Graduated from the ESCAC specialising in screenwriting in 2003, he has combined his work as a filmmaker with being a musician in the bands Manos de Topo and Salvaje Montoya. In 2008 he set up the production company Boogaloo Films, carrying out the project YourLostMemories, a web portal of lost Super 8 home movies, a venture under which he co-wrote and co-directed the film of the same title with Alejandro Marzoa. In 2014 he released the live cinema project Después de la generación feliz in collaboration with the musicians Joan Colomo, Edu Pou and Sara Fontán. This was followed by Un lloc on caure mort (co-directed with Raúl Cuevas in 2014, winner of the National Award at the In-Edit Festival), La extranjera (2015, presented at the SEFF), Quiero lo eterno (2017) and the short film Corre brilla luz luz (2018). At the 2021 Seville Festival we had Magaluf Ghost Town, a film premiered at Hot Docs, which won the highest award at the Thessaloniki International Documentary Film Festival. Autodefensa is his latest project.