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Mallorca Film Fest 2016: All you need to know

Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival, set in the heart of Mallorca's buzzing and culturally rich center of Palma, has announced its line-up of screenings and events for the festival's 5th edition. The nine-day festival will take place, November 3rd-12th, 2016, and includes a festival tribute award to legendary actor/director Danny DeVito, a Gala Opening Night, narrative and documentary competition sections, a Drive in Cinema section at Port Adriano, and a Virtual Reality Zone at Co Co & Cia. 


The festival will present 17 films in Narrative feature and 6 in Documentary feature Competition, 18 short films, as well as additional events and special screenings. Special events include the Opening Night Screening of El Destierro, produced by local Goya nominated filmmakers Toni Bestard, Marcos Cabotá and Diana de la Cuadra. Centerpiece is the Evolution Honorary Award Presentation to iconic filmmaker Danny DeVito, Spotlight Screening of acclaimed narrative film A Heavy Heart (Winner for Best Actor in a leading role at 2015 German Film Awards), a Closing Night Screening of Tour de France, starring Gerard Depardieu, and an Awards gala at Mercado Gastronómico San Juan.


Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival (EMIFF) is one of the fastest growing, most respected and exciting film festivals in the Mediterranean. An excellent hub for networking with some of the brightest minds in filmmaking, EMIFF is as intimate and invigorating as it is breathtakingly gorgeous. Filmmakers and storytelling enthusiasts visit this island paradise to discover "the next great generation of filmmakers" The festival presents a diverse selection from world premieres to film festival favorites, short film screenings, Q&As, A Drive-In Cinema Section at the Philip Stark designed Port Adriano, a Art & Cine event at the modern museum of contemporary art Es Baluard, a Virtual Reality zone presented by Vrand, where guests can check out new media projects, and nightly networking events spread out amidst Mallorca's coolest bars and restaurants.


Said Founder and Executive Director "EMIFF is more than a film festival; it brings together up-and-coming filmmakers, established industry professionals and the general public interested in the arts, film and culture. EMIFF satisfies the public's thirst for original filmmaking through its diverse international programming. The focus of our programming changes each year to reflect current trends in the world of cinema. Balearic filmmakers, European and North American indies are featured regularly alongside other movies from all over the world. I am particularly excited for our Honorary Evolution Award, which will be presented to Danny DeVito and to screen his classic film The War of The Roses in this years retrospective section.” 







El Destierro, Director: Arturo Rui (Spain) Spanish Premiere. 

Two soldiers are forced to live together in a small bunker. The intense war outside will soon erupt between them.

Cast and Crew will be in attendance



Sky, Director: Fabienne Berthaud (France) 

Romy is on holiday in the USA with her French husband, Richard, the journey wears out the couple. After an ultimate fight, Romy decides to break free. Actors: Diane Krüger (Troy, Inglorious Bastards), Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead). 

Director will be in attendance. 



Legendary actor/director Danny DeVito will be honored with the inaugural Evolution Honorary Award. The Evolution Honorary Award is given to an iconic and visionary filmmaker who inspires audiences, breaks boundaries, and has created visionary entertainment that has touched generations. Danny DeVito's tremendous body of work exemplifies storytelling passion and skill. We are proud to present a screening of Mr. DeVito's classic 1989 film The War of the Roses, followed by a conversation with Mr. DeVito.



Tour de France, Director: Rachid Djaidani (France)

A young Muslim rapper is forced to spend some time with a crotchety white racist. Enemies become friends, and learn a little something about the banality of their ignorance. 





Luca Tanzt Leise, Director: Philipp Eichholtz (Germany) 

After years of depression Luca reinvents herself with the help of new friends. 


Nirgendwo, Director: Matthias Starte (Germany) 

A stranger in his own life, Danny reluctantly returns to his childhood home after his father's sudden passing. He rediscovers his hometown as a summery paradise.


Anna's Life, Director: Nino Basilia (Georgia)

Anna a single mom is forced to take four jobs to support herself and her autistic son, she decides to leave Georgia but it's easier said than done. Director will be in attendance. 


A Heavy Heart, Director: Thomas Stuber (Germany) 

A former East German boxing champion working as a bouncer and debt collector reflects on life when he is diagnosed with ALS. 


Pura Vida (After Words), Director: Juan Feldman (US)

A librarian facing a mid-life crisis travels to Costa Rica in search of enjoying life to the fullest. 


Kiss Me Kill Me, Director: Casper Andreas (US)

While confronting his unfaithful boyfriend, Dusty blacks-out. When he comes to, his boyfriend has been murdered and he's the prime suspect. Director will be in attendance. 


Parasol, Director: Valéry Rosier (Belgium)

Holiday time, a Mediterranean island. The determination, no matter the cost, to make things change. Nostalgia for a past that never existed.


Bittersweet Days, Director: Marga Melià (Spain)

Julia rents a room to Luuk. Their cohabitation will make them rethink their lives: are they living the way they really want to? Director will be in attendance. 


Where to Miss?, Director: Manuela Bastian (Germany) 

We follow Devki's story, as it tell us why Indian women find it difficult to free themselves from their traditional roles.


Dusky Paradise, Director: Gregory Kirchhoff, (Germany - Made in Baleares)

After the death of his parents a young man travels to Mallorca to live in their house and look after their turtle. 

Director in attendance. 


Autumn Fall, Director: Jan Vardøen (Norway)

Ingvld entangles herself with two men, it is a very dangerous journey.


Buddymoon, Director: Alex Simmons (US)

Jilted groom David is convinced by his best man Flula to continue with his planned honeymoon. Lead actress Lilith Stangenberg in attendance. 


Hotel Problemski, Director: Manu Riche (Belgium)

For the refugees of the multinational residential centre somewhere in Europe, this black comedy reveals their daily stuggles and laughs. 





Oasis: Supersonic, Director: Mat Whitecross (UK)

An in-depth look at the life and music of Manchester-based rock band, Oasis


The Karamazoffs (A walk on the SoHo years), Director: Juan Gamero (Spain)

In the 1960s, New York's SoHo was occupied by artists from around the world, The Karamazoffs, a group of Barcelona artists relive their experience during those wild years in SoHo.


In Europe's shadow, Director: Florian Schnell (Germany) 

Human rights activist Elias Bierdel commentates throughout the film and meets refugees from different countries and activists. 


De Lola à Laila, Director: Milena Bochet (Spain) 

From mother to daughter the film shifts to a reflection about female emancipation, fight, movement and cinema.


The Key to Dalí, Director: David Fernández (Spain) 

Tomeu L'Amo, a Majorcan scientist and artist bought an unknown painting in an antique shop 25 years later, he tries everything to get it certified as a real Dalí. Cast&Crew will be in attendance. 


About Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival

Now in it's fifth year, EMIFF attracts over 2000 attendees from over 20 countries worldwide. In 2016, EMIFF will continue to expand the presence of international filmmakers and strengthen its position within the worldwide film festival calendar. Since it's 2012 inception, the number of films screened has tripled, counting over 70 movies from 22 countries during the 2015 festival program. Ticket sales have continuously increased, selling out 90% of all EMIFF screenings and events. In conjunction with its sister-screening event in Hollywood, CA, EMIFF is becoming an international launching pad for promising new talent in all film genres. 

EMIFF is proud to partner with sponsors who support the arts and emerging artists.

2016 EMIFF Gold Sponsors include: Premier FX. Silver Sponsors include First Mallorca Real Estate. Additional sponsors include: Rialto Living, Finca Hotel Can Coll, Perrier Jouet, Port Adriano, Govern de las Islas Baleares, Ajuntamiento de Palma, Consell de Mallorca, Islas Baleares Film Commission, Mallorca Film Commission, Mercedes AutoVidal and Museum of Contemporary Art Es Baluard.


Additional Information about Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival is available at


Connect with Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival:

Twitter: @EvolutionIFF

Instagram: evolutionmallorcafilmfestival 


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