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MAGALUF GHOST TOWN

by Miguel Ángel Blanca

synopsis

Strange things happen in the Balearic coast: smell of pee and blood, police cars and ambulances going through the streets without anyone paying attention to it. Shouts in the middle of the night that can be understood as both happiness or suffering. Every year, one million tourists, majority of them brits, crowd the streets of Magaluf during the summer. In an almost ghostlike fashion they invade the public space and transform it to a thematic park where everything is allowed. The small and calm town with a population of 4.500 inhabitants, turns into the Balearic Twin Peaks where residents live in an absurd daily tensionfield between doomful ambience and genuine holiday pleasure. Magaluf turns into a very concrete manifestation of the european low-cost tourist paradigm and life. A tourist paradigm based on nightlife-business and wild, excessive entertainment. The locals try to coexist in the middle of the contradictory tensionfield of this tourist model. A model that feels like an invasion but on the other hand produces millions of euros and jobs in the tourist sector (and therefore enables the locals to live an economically better life.

international title: Magaluf Ghost Town
original title: Magaluf Ghost Town
country: Spain, France
sales agent: Taskovski Films
year: 2021
genre: documentary
directed by: Miguel Ángel Blanca
film run: 90'
screenplay: Miguel Ángel Blanca
cinematography by: Raúl Cuevas
film editing: Ariadna Ribas, Miguel Ángel Blanca
producer: Bernat Manzano, Valérie Montmartin, Miguel Eek
executive producer: Bernat Manzano
production: Boogaloo Films, Little Big Story, Mosaic Producciones
backing: Movistar+ (ES), France Télévisions (FR), RTS (CH), IB3 (ES), Institut Català d'Empreses Culturals (ES), CNC (FR), PROCIREP – Societé des producteurs (FR), ANGOA (FR)
distributor: Begin Again Films
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