FQ columnist Paul Julian Smith examines the state of contemporary filmmaking in the Catalan region of Spain. Despite stories that have larger Spanish and international appeal, Smith refreshingly concludes that an antilocal aesthetic does not preclude a Catalonian influence and that Catalans will continue to make decisive contributions to both a commercial Spanish cinema that is aesthetically indebted to television and a less mainstream auteur filmmaking whose cinephile references cite both local tradition and Hollywood history.

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