EXCLUSIF : La bande-annonce de Magaluf Ghost Town, sélectionné à Hot Docs
par Alfonso Rivera
- Cette coproduction entre la France et l’Espagne, réalisée par Miguel Angel Blanca, reflète la manière dont le tourisme affecte les habitants de Majorque
Cet article est disponible en anglais.
Magaluf Ghost Town [+lire aussi :
interview : Miguel Ángel Blanca
fiche film] has won a spot in the official section of the Canadian documentary film festival Hot Docs, to be held online between 29 April and 9 May. Written and directed by Miguel Ángel Blanca and featuring dialogue in Spanish, English and Russian, this feature-length documentary takes us to the heart of the globally infamous mass-tourism mecca that is Magaluf, exploring how local people experience the impacts of tourism.
The synopsis hints at all manner of strange goings-on: a whiff of urine and blood; police cars and ambulances racing through the streets, no one batting an eyelid; screams ringing out in the middle of the night... But Magaluf is just a small, unassuming island community, a place many have ventured to call the “Twin Peaks of the Balearics.” The population, constantly careening between nightly scenes of horror and a genuine summertime bliss, have seen their town transformed into an icon of European low-cost tourism, on the back of a reputation for riotous after-dark debauchery.
A million tourists pour onto Magaluf’s streets every summer, materializing like ghosts, come to turn the town’s public spaces into a theme park where virtually nothing is off-limits. Meanwhile, the local community must do its best to live with the contradictions of a tourist model that feels like an annual invasion but also generates millions in revenue for the restaurant sector, creates thousands of jobs and provides opportunities for a considerable number of people who would struggle to make it anywhere else.
Magaluf Ghost Town is an ensemble piece that offers a portrait of a community as it navigates the transition from hibernation to the high season. A blend of fact and fiction, it cultivates a mysterious, almost thriller-like quality without straying too far from a distinctively Balearic humour. The plot, however, transcends culture, inviting us to hear the dreams of a community that is simply trying to survive the onslaught, and reflecting on what it means to be a tourist in Europe.
“To be honest, I can no longer remember whether Magaluf is the most magical place on Earth or the stuff of nightmares,” confesses the director. “We spend so many years soaking up the myth; I myself went to Magaluf in search of the legend, eager to find out if everything I’d heard was true. The media have created a narrative that heaps a lot of stigma on what is, after all, just a small Majorcan community, featuring Brits abroad, booze, bust-ups, sex, sea and sand. Every year, the TV news serves up sensationalist stories of what goes on in Magaluf, feeding the monster and even coining new terms that further that narrative: mamading, balconing, Shagaluf… Magaluf is a wild party where anything goes, an image that acts as a beacon for those out for a good time but has been a curse for the local community,” Blanca concludes.
Magaluf Ghost Town is a coproduction between Boogaloo Films, Little Big Story and Mosaic Produccions, in association with Movistar+, France Télévisions, RTS and IB3. It was produced with support from the Institut Català d´Empreses Culturals, CNC, PROCIREP/Societé des producteurs and ANGOA. British agency Taskovski Films is handling international sales.
Check out our exclusive trailer below:
(Traduit de l'espagnol)
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