Independent films are on the rise. Low budget films are breaking through into huge feature films, movies are being made without the help of major studios, and film festivals are premiering some of the world’s best independent talent.

With the announcement of The 2013 European Independent Film Festival winners, this week’s Spotlight is featuring the best of Catalan independent film.

Othello, winner of the 2013 Best European Independent Film, garnered quite a bit of attention at last week’s festival. The hour long film was shot in only 3 days with a 3 person cast and 1 director. The film itself is a story within a story…a group of actors coming together to create an adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play, but also depicting life outside of the typical stage work. The scripted film is often adlibbed and improvised, making it feel as though you are, at times, watching a documentary. This cinematographic work about power, desire, jealousy and deceit blur the lines between fiction and real life.

Walking away with two awards from The European Independent Film Festival including Best European Independent Film and Best Actress, we are bound to see great things from this controversial indie!

Black Bread, another Catalan film, recently became the first Catalan-language film to be entered into the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards. The film depicts the tale of Andreu, a child living in the unforgiving Catalan countryside after the Spanish Civil War. The story begins when the authorities want to make Andreu’s father responsible for the deaths of a father and son whose corpses were found in the forest. In order to help his father, Andreu begins the hunt for the person who truly killed them. His search for the assassin turns into a journey of self-betrayal and duplicity, and in order to survive he discovers the monster that lies within him.

With film festivals like ÉCU showcasing the best independent films from around the world, we cannot wait to see what new talent comes out of the indie world.

Stay tuned, guys…this is just the beginning!

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