Magaluf Ghost Town

Includes Q&A

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Film Info
Country Listing:Spain
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:International Spectrum
Film Subjects:Capitalism & Big Business
European Cultures & Issues
Sports & Recreation
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Miguel Ángel Blanca
Producer(s):Bernat Manzano
Valérie Montmartin
Miguel Eek
Executive Producer(s):Bernat Manzano
Writer(s):Miguel Ángel Blanca
Editor(s):Javier Gil
Ariadna Ribas
Miguel Ángel Blanca
Cinematography:Raúl Cuevas
Sound:Cosmic d'Allessandro


At the height of the summer tourist season, the Spanish beach town Magaluf turns into a hellscape of the low-cost travel industry. For eight weeks every year, over one million mostly British vacationers ride an alcohol-soaked tide of public urination, fisticuffs and ambulance sirens for recreation. Instead of assembling a clip-reel of "balconing," when drunk idiots jump into hotel pools from their balconies, filmmaker Miguel Ángel Blanca crafts a far deeper and atmospheric look at a place where visitors and locals alike are driven by pleasure. Long-time resident Maria has little time left, so she takes in a seasonal lodger who listens to her relive her glory days. An enterprising real estate agent peddles an extravagant development, while a young gay man drifts without any plans beyond robbing a tourist for kicks. Part ghost story, part foreboding parable, this is a stylish and vivid impression of people and a place dreaming of escape. Myrocia Watamaniuk

International Spectrum program supported by
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The Embassy of Spain in Canada supports Spanish films at Hot Docs
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  • Screen Daily - "A playful blend of documentary and fiction"
  • Variety - Rising Spanish Cineaste Miguel Angel Blanca Preps New Projects, Premieres Magaluf at Hot Docs
  • POV Magazine - Documenting Debauchery 

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