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Institut Ramon Llull is a consortium comprising the Government of Catalonia, the Government of the Balearic Islands, and the Barcelona City Council. Its mission is the support and promotion of Catalan language and culture abroad, in all its forms and means of expression.

El Ventre del Mar by Agustí Villaronga will participate in Moscow International Film Festival

Arts.  MOSCOW, 12/04/2021

‘EL VENTRE DEL MAR’, written and directed by Agustí Villaronga, it’s been selected to participate in the 43rd Edition of Moscow International Film Festival, the second oldest international film festival in the world and recognized prestige worldwide. The film shooting took place entirely in Mallorca island during the past august.

EL VENTRE DEL MAR is starring by Roger Casamajor, Oscar Kapoya and Mumi Diallo. It is produced by Testamento and La Perifèrica Produccions in coproduction with Turkana/link-up/ Bastera, counts on the Fundació Mallorca Turisme sponsorship and the participation of local TV Channels, TV3 and IB3.

Inspired by Alessandro Baricco text, El VENTRE DEL MAR is a movie based on real events. After the wreck of a ship, 147 men try to survive, confined in a raft adrift in the middle of the sea. This shipwreck was immortalized by Théodore Géricault in the famous canvas ‘The Raft of the Medusa’, preserved in the Louvre Museum. The italian writer Alessandro Baricco narrates these events in the novel Oceano Mare, into the chapter titled ‘El Ventre del Mar’.



June, 1816. The frigate called ‘Alliance’, of the french Navy, got stuck at the Senegal coast.

As the lifeboats were not enough to take in all the crewmen, a precarious raft is built where 147 men must board by force: soldiers, marines, some passengers and a few official members. The expected plan was that the lifeboats towed the raft to the coast but the panic and the confusion got the better of the convoy and finally they cut the rope, deserting the raft. The hunger, the inclemency of the sea, the madness and a fierce fight took place on that raft adrift.

A horror that lasted for days and days.

From those 147 men only 9 saved their lives. Between them was Savigny, a flawless official doctor and Thomas, a rebel private. One against the other, they assume the situation showing different attitudes to survive.

Director's filmography

AGUSTÍ VILLARONGA (Palma, 1953). One of the most personal and secret voices in European cinema. Always a transgressor, he moves along brave and unforgiving paths. Sometimes he travels through genre cinema but frequently overflows it, rigorously exploring little-frequented territories, placing himself without palliative in the part of evil and death as exorcism and deep reflection. His films have been awarded at Festivals in Berlin, Cannes, Montreal, San Sebastián, Tokyo ... and twice he has been selected to represent Spain and Mexico at the Hollywood Oscars.

Part of his filmography are After the glass (1985), The child of the moon (1989), The sea (2000), Aro Tolbukhin (2002), Pa negre (2010), The king of Havana (2015), Uncertain Glory (2017) and Born a King (2018).

“A conflict that evokes the wound of man, where it shows the worst of the cruelties and the sweetest of the pieties”

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