Barcelona — In the sixteenth century, Barcelona
, the capital of Catalonia, was barred by Spain’s central government from trading with the New World
. Five centuries later, a veritable armada of film industry talent – producers, directors, fest-heads, executives and at least one critic – are hitting Mexican shores for a tribute from the Guadalajara Film Festival. Variety drills down on the tribute to Catalonia, Guadalajara’s 2018 guest of honor, whose presence helps define this year’s fest edition.
1.Catalonia: No Minnow
Why Catalonia? Guadalajara’s honorary guest tributes are, after all, normally given to countries: Italy, for instance. But Catalonia has often driven Spain’s film industry. Even under dictator Francisco Franco
, it took succulent rewards in the 1950s to persuade many of the major film companies in Barcelona to relocate to Madrid. From the late ‘90s, it has been Catalonia not Madrid which has sown most of the seeds of one