And after an intense week of generating and sharing knowledge around the city on the theme of “The Tourist Status”, it is time to head for the Filmoteca de Catalunya and enjoy some important films in which tourism is the context of the plot:
Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot / Mister Hulot’s holidays Jacques Tati (France, 1953) – 5/07 at 20h and 9/07 at 16:30h
The summer visitors at a spa on France’s Atlantic coast are incapable of leaving behind the customs of their urban routine until the arrival of Monsieur Hulot, played by Jacques Tati himself. His appearance shatters the summer peace and offers the hotel guests an unforgettable holiday.
Suddenly, Last Summer Joseph L. Mankiewicz (EUA, 1959) – 4/07 at 20h
In the New Orleans of 1937Mrs. Venable, a wealthy widow, offers Dr.Cukrowicz the capital to create a hospital on condition that he perform a lobotomy on her niece Catherine.
The purpose of this operation is to eradicate a series of delirious ideas of a sexual nature, hallucinations and crises of violence which the young woman suffers since witnessing during the previous summer the death of Sebastian, her cousin and the son of Mrs. Venable.
The Night of the Iguana John Huston (EUA, 1964) – 7/07 at 21:30h and 16/07 at 16:30h
In this adaptation of a Tennessee Williamsplay, a protestant pastor (Lawrence Shannon), is expelled from his church. As a consequence he works in Mexico as a tourist guide, leading excursions mostly comprised of elderly US citizens. On one of these outings, a young and attractive girl tries to seduce him and this leads the other women to criticise her. Shannon is fired for his behaviour and takes refuge in the hotel of an old friend, Maxine, where he will meet Hannah, a painter of strict morals who is travelling with her grandfather, a nonagenarian poet.
El hombre que embotelló el sol / The man who bottled the sun Óscar Bernàcer (Spain, 2016) – 4/07 at 21:30h
This documentary tells the story of the creation of the city of Benidorm in its tourist facet as we know it today. The story revolves around Pedro Zaragoza, the city’s mythical mayor from 1951 to 1967. This politician transformed a fishing village on the cost of the Valencian Region into a city where sun and sea tourism was ferociously promoted.