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Formentera prepares for the return of a summer classic: Cinema a la Fresca

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to present the 16th Cinema a la Fresca, the outdoor film series offering islanders and tourists the chance to enjoy summer evenings and classic and contemporary selections from Spanish and international cinema free of charge.

Creative director Véronique Landy has put together a programme of original versions of 33 films from the 1920s to present day that will be screened between July and September. Films start at 10.00pm and happen on Tuesdays in Sant Francesc (Jardí de ses Eres), Thursdays in Sant Ferran (Plaça de l'Església) and Fridays in La Mola (Casa del Poble courtyard).

Susana Labrador, councillor of culture, encouraged locals and tourists alike "to enjoy this free cultural activity that includes films of various themes". She described Cinema a la Fresca as "an all-ages leisure activity put on in three different locations to liven things up on summer nights".


Cinema a la Fresca starts Tuesday 28 June in Sant Francesc with Portrait of a Woman on Fire, part of the local programme for International Pride Day LGTBIQA+. In it, filmmaker Céline Sciamma tells the story of painter Marianne, commissioned by a countess to paint the wedding portrait of daughter Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent and has serious doubts about her upcoming marriage. Marianne must craft Héloise's portrait without her knowing, so she devotes herself to researching her subject on a daily basis.

On Thursday 30 June, the crowd at Plaça de l'Església in Sant Ferran can see Adú as part of the World Refugee Day programme. Directed by Salvador Calvo, the film tells three stories that are linked by a central theme. None of the protagonists know their paths are doomed to cross or that their lives will never be the same again. The three stories painfully map a continent condemned by greed and human misery. Adú  is a tribute to the courage and mental strength of migrants.

Friday 1 July, the courtyard of the Casa del Poble in La Mola will host the screening of director Elia Kazan's A Streetcar Named Desire. In the film, Blanche, who belongs to a once powerful southern family, is a middle-aged, decadent woman made mentally imbalanced by a life trapped in the past. Her unstable behaviour creates conflicts that alter the lives of the people who live with her.

Cinema a la Fresca also offers films for younger audiences like The Boy and the Beast. The film tells the story of Kyuta, a lonely boy living in Tokyo, and a supernatural creature named Kumatetsu living isolated in a fantasy world who becomes Kyuta's friend and spiritual guide. Little Vampire, meanwhile, is an animated adaptation of Joann Sfar's comic book of the same name. The film's diminutive protagonist lives in a haunted house with a merry band of monsters, but is nevertheless bored to death. One night he secretly escapes from the mansion with his faithful bulldog to find new adventures and friends.

Documentary cinema is on the docket too. Buñuel: A Surrealist Filmmaker gives audiences their chance to discover a director known for universality; From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses casts the story of early German cinema as the history of social and cultural upheaval that shook the First Republic from 1918 to 1933; and, finally, I Am Not Your Negro, tells the story of the African-American movement in modern America.

Attendees will be able to enjoy film noir with Bong Joon-ho's 2019 Oscar- and Palme d'Or-winning Parasite; Sydney Lumet's Serpico and Marco Bellochio's The Traitor, not to mention comedies like Ninotchka (Ernest Lubitsch), The Rocket to Calabuch (Luis Berlanga) and A Night in Casablanca (Archie Mayo).

In some of the other films, the lead is love. Leo McCarey's You and I; Gaza mon amour, from Mohammed Abou Nasser and Ahmad Abou Nasser, and Pedro Almodóvar's Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. There will also be space on the marquee for sci-fi, with Denis Villeneuve's Dune.

An Autumn Afternoon (Ozu), Memories of My Father (Fernando Trueba), The Idol (Hany Abu-Assad) and Mountains May Depart (Jia Zhangke) will serve viewers up with visions of family portraits. With Aki Kaurismäki's The Other Side of Hope, Jean Luc Godard's Vivre sa Vie and Cloe Zhao's Nomadland, we will enjoy portraits of several unique lives.

Once again this year, 26 July in Sant Francesc's Jardí de ses Eres, one of the highlights will be pianist Jota Hidalgo's live-action soundtrack for Buster Keaton's silent film Seven Chances.

21 June 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera activates action protocol following tortoise sighting

foto 2022vi tortugaLast night the Consell de Formentera activated the protocol for tortoise sightings as a Caretta caretta tortoise attempted to lay eggs on Platja Migjorn. Under the protocol and instructions from technicians at the Wildlife Recovery Consortium of the Balearic Islands (Consorci per a la Recuperació de la Fauna de les Illes Balears, COFIB), technical staff from the Formentera Office of Environment and Beach Lifeguard and Rescue Service cordoned off the area. This morning COFIB staff will visit the island to check if there are eggs in the nests which the tortoise built into the early morning.

At 9.30pm, an off-duty lifeguard called 112 after catching sight of the tortoise as it approached the area. Through the night, technicians from COFIB and Ses Salines Nature Reserve remained on hand to surveil and safeguard the site.

If spotted, the tortoise must be left alone. Passers-by must also refrain from turning on lights, filming or coming within 10 metres of the animal, and are asked to call 112 immediately if more are seen. Last summer one tortoise on our island was frightened away after an individual approached the animal and filmed it as it tried to nest.

21 June 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera joins push for smoke-free beaches

foto 2022 platges sense fumToday Ana Juan, president of the Consell de Formentera, joined volunteers of the Spanish Cancer Association (Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer, AECC) for an AECC-led information session at Platja des Pujols. President Juan pointed out that in 2020 the beach in Es Pujols became the first on Formentera to join the Balearic Directorate General of Public Health's "Smoke-Free Beaches" (Platges sense fum) push. Today some twenty island beaches are party to the campaign. The president indicated that efforts are under way to incorporate more smoke-free spaces on the island.

"It is this administration's job to promote and encourage healthy habits", she said. Platges sense fum is also an ecological initiative to highlight the importance of not littering in natural areas like beaches, where plastics and cigarette butts are the most common waste items.

20 June 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera firefighters conduct patrols and practice routes to improve fire response, ask islanders to exercise extreme caution

foto 2022vi practiques bombers AThese days of extreme heat, Consell de Formentera firefighters are patrolling Cala Saona, Es Ram and other areas where the fire risk is high. The crew is also performing forest fire drills, including one last weekend near Sa Roqueta in Es Pujols. The efforts are meant to build fire crews' skills responding to real accidents, handling hose lines, communicating and operating vehicle pumps, not to mention highlight the functions of each team member. Three firefighters and a service chief participated in exercises that involved two fire engines and a light vehicle.

Josep Marí, councillor of interior, explained that the fire department is asking islanders and visitors alike to "take all the necessary precautions given an already high fire risk this season which the heat wave has pushed to new heights".

20 June 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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