PICK OF THE WEEK: Andorra (Pyrenees)

Main places:

Andorra la VellaEscaldes-EngordanySan Julia de LoriaLa MassanaOrdinoEncampCanilloPas de la Casa


Monday 14th – Sunday 20th May 2018


Trio Kodály – Classicism & Rebellion Saturday, 19th May at 12h at the Farga Russell Musuem, La Massana. (Free but space limited, advanced booking essential. 835 852 / 839 760) In honour of the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF MUSEUMS. Programme: Ludwig van Beethoven’s Trio for strings in C minor and Ernő Dohnányi’s Serenade for trio in C major. Musicians: Tatevik Khachatryan (violin); Joan Fèlix (viola); Sylvie Reverdy (cello)


La Ch’tite Famille (In French) Monday 14th – Thursday 17th May at 20.15 at Cinemes Illa Carlemany, Escaldes-Engordany. Directed by Dany Boon. Starring:  Dany Boon,  Line Renaud,  Laurence Arné. The Story: Valentin D is a hot designer architect who claims to be an orphan because he is too ashamed to admit he is the son of working-class scrap metal merchants from the north of France.

Nelyubov (Sin amor – Loveless. In Russian with subtitles, probably Spanish.) Wednesday, 16th May at 21.30 at the Teatre Comunal, Andorra la Vella. In the Cineclub Cycle. Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. Starring: Maryana Spivak Marina Vasilieva, Alexey Rozin. The Story: An estranged Russian couple going through a brutal divorce both have new partners and want to start over until their 12-year-old son disappears after witnessing one of their fights. Winner of César Best Foreign Film, Cannes Festival Jury prize, European Film Awards Best cinematography & Best composer, Golden Eagle Best Director and Rijeka Audience Award.

Review by Owen Gleiberman: As a social observer, Mr. Zvyagintsev takes no prisoners. As an artist, he has few peers.

La Douleur (Memoir of War – In French.) Thursday, 17th May at 20.15h at the Cinemes Illa Carlemany, Escaldes–Engordany. Directed by Emmanuel Finkiel. Starring:  Mélanie Thierry,  Benoît Magimel,  Benjamin Biolay. The Story: In 1944 Nazi-occupied France, Marguerite Duras is an active Resistance member along with her husband Robert Antelme. When he is deported to Dachau by the Gestapo, she dives into a desperate struggle to get him back, and enters into a high-risk game of psychological cat and mouse with French Nazi collaborator, Rabier. But as the months wear on without word of the man she loves, Marguerite must begin the process of confronting the unimaginable. Through subtly expressionistic images and voiceover, Emmanuel Finkiel’s haunting and hypnotic adaptation of seminal author Marguerite Duras’s autobiographical novel “The War: A Memoir.” evokes the inner world of one of the 20th century’s most revolutionary writers. (written by Music Box Films) 

See also Thursday below in Georgraphies.


Geographies is an annual project, that presents cultures, countries, territories and areas of knowledge through free conferences, practical workshops, art exhibitions and films. (I presume nearly all will be in Catalan. CA)

All events take place in L’Era d’Ordino.

Photographic exhibition ‘India in a mirror’ Monday 14th – Sunday, 20th May Photographers Roland and Sabrina Michaud write, “The mirror, this symbol of symbols, was one of our great sources of inspiration: we used it to compare art and life both of the past and the present. We travelled through all the possible visual arts, classical and popular, to familiarize ourselves with the traditions and customs of the countries we visited and we quickly found that our photographs, consciously or not, were just a continuation.”

Rubber Soul. The hippy trip to India (documentary – The film could be in English) WEDNESDAY 16th at 19h Lecture and screening: by Alexis Racionero. In February 1968, the Beatles went to Rishikesh to learn meditation. From that moment on, many young people followed their route to India to drink from the fascinating springs of the East. Alexis Racionero is a traveller, documentary maker, writer, specialist in counterculture, cinema, orientalism and travel. He also holds a doctorate in the History of Art and Cinema, is a professor of yoga and a Gestalt therapist.

1) Lipstick Under My Burkha THURSDAY (in Hindi, probably with English subtitles.)   Thursday, 17th at 19h A double film billing: Directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, Starring:  Aahana Kumra,  Ratna Pathak Shah,  Konkona Sen Sharma. The Story: After her long and controversial battle with India’s Central Board of Film Certification, Alankrita Shrivastava’s Lipstick Under My Burkha was finally released. With all the hue and cry, you would expect a film all about sex. Except, this isn’t. It’s about women’s desires for independence in a patriarchal society. Lipstick Under My Burkha is a simple story about four women and their dreams – of financial independence, of becoming a singer, of moving to a big city and of simply enjoying life. The fact that these desires remain hidden from society makes them seem like adventurous journeys. Lipsticks, in the film, are these desires while the patriarchal society is the Burkha.


From Friday 18th to Sunday, 20th May entry to all Government-run museums will be free at their usual opening hours.

Party at Casa Rossell in the Plaça de l’Era del Raser (c. Major d’Ordino.) Friday, 18th May at 20h The Rossell family accumulated a musical legacy, including a large collection of records from the 60s and 70s mainly in French and Spanish and some English. Groups such as Marisol, Dalida & Alain Delon, François Hardy, Tom Jones… Join us for the evening when we will recreate the parties of the sixties and seventies.

TAST MUSIC: GASTRONOMY + MUSIC. THEMED EVENINGS OF MUSIC + GASTRONOMY at 21.30h every Thursday throughout May at selected restaurants in La Massana with the menus inspired by the live music. Reservation obligatory.

Thursday, 17th May at delizioso Anyós Park. Nit Electrònica with Lidia Parat. Sign up for a special night, with a themed dinner where the main characters are music, gastronomy and fun. Come with a partner, with friends or in a group.

Culturally yours,



Look for about the author of the blog Clare Allcard

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