Four of Spain’s leading academics discuss the growing role of Spanish internationally, exploring the challenges, hopes, problems and realities of what has been called the “oil” of the Ibero-American community around the world.
Moderated by Fernando R. Lafuente
Based on the novelby Johanna Spyri, this is the latest version of the universal classic about a young girl who lives with her grandfather in a modest chalet in the Swiss Alps. Together with her friend Peter, Heidi looks after her grandfather’s goats and enjoys the freedom in the mountains until her Aunt Dete takes her to Frankfurt. There, in the family of the wealthy Mr. Sesemann, she becomes the inseparable friend of sickly Clara and must learn to read and write under the supervision of her strict governess, Fräulein Rottenmeier. But Heidi will soon have to decide about whether to continue her new life or return to her beloved mountains and grandfather.
Length: 105 minutes
Directed by Alain Gsponer
José María Lassalle, Spanish Secretary of State for the Digital Agenda, has just published Contra el populismo, an attack against the rise of populism on the right and left throughout Europe. Spanish journalist Enric Juliana, critic and novelist Juan Cruz discuss the role of populism in politics today.
The ability to give voice to a society’s voice has been shown by Patria, the new novel by Fernando Aramburu. A literary testimony to the worst years of ETA’s terrorism and the divisions sown among the Basque people. This is a novel that proves literature still has the power to change the way we think.
Too Good to Waste seeks to question the validity of the current relationship between wood consumption and fashion. Contrary to popular perception, not all forests are disappearing. In fact, the vast American hardwood forest is a quickly expanding resource and the volume of its standing timber has more than doubled in the last 50 years.
A guided tour of the American Hardwood Export Council’s Too Good to Waste project, an interactive installation designed by Barcelona-based architect Benedetta Tagliabue, and crafted by furniture makers Benchmark.
Event in Spanish
Luis Cueto, General Coordintor of Madrid City Hall and President of IFEMA has worked in just about every aspect of government and administration: he discusses the changes underway in the Spanish capital with Luis Alemany of El Mundo.
Luis Vidal is one of Spain’s leading architects and over the last two decades has been involved in the design of some of Europe’s major airports, incorporating the most advanced technology to improve their flexibility and efficiency. He talks to Simon Manley, the British ambassador, about the role that air hubs can play within the broader challenge of adapting our cities to changing times.
The best-selling author of Booker Prize–winning novel The Famished Road uses surrealism to show the dysfunction of a politically scarred country. He talks to Spanish journalist Jesús Calero about his work and latest projects.
The work of Colombian artist Doris Salcedo explores pain, trauma and loss, while creating space for individual and collective mourning. She has staged events and exhibitions in many of the world’s leading galleries and spaces. She talks to Spanish journalist and writer Jesús Ruiz Mantilla about her latest work, Palimpsesto, commissioned by Spain’s Reina Sofía Museum, which is in homage to migrants who have drowned while crossing the Mediterranean.
Renowned arts critic and novelist Juan Cruz has published close to 40 books over the last four decades. He talks to Colombian anthropologist and writer Carlos Granés and Venezuelan writer Karina Sainz about his latest book, Un golpe de vida, the story of a life marked by the profession of journalism and something more than a lucid vision of the world: a compromised way of breathing and living in it.
Human rights lawyer and writer Philippe Sands is the author of the acclaimed East West Street, part historical detective story, part family history, part legal thriller, which explores the links he uncovered between the impact of the holocaust on his family during the Second World War and the Nuremberg Trial, an inquiry that also informs the way contemporary history is developing. He talks to Guillermo Altares of El País about the journey behind East West Street.
The question at the heart of this new documentary, posed to some of Spain’s leading writers is simple, but not easy to answer: why do we still bother to write? Among those attempting to answer the question are Rosa Montero, Marta Sanz, Antonio Orejudo, Andrés Neuman, Juan Gabriel Vázquez and Rafael Reig.
Length: 57 minutes, with a 10-minute introduction by the director, followed by a 15-minute discussion.
Director: José Ovejero 2017.
Best-selling Spanish novelist Santiago Posteguillo has written extensively about Ancient Rome, first in a trilogy about the Republic, and most recently in another trilogy about the life of Trajan. Posteguillo, who teaches English Literature, has also explored the secrets of forgotten and maudit writers in his last book, El séptimo círculo del infierno (The Seventh Circle of Hell). He discusses these and other aspects of his work with Ana Gavín, bringing to a literary close this year’s Hay Festival Segovia.