MaF / Málaga de Festival

Feb 8 –– 29, 2024

Málaga de Festival, a programme for the run-up to Málaga Festival, celebrates film-based culture. It sets out to find new meanings and languages in the audiovisual world, while reflecting on the reality we are building through the various activities scheduled for each year. This dialogue with the discipline of filmmaking, through different categories and from contemporary perspectives that offer new meanings from which to reflect on the exercise of culture, is divided into two sections or blocks: the open programme, which is drawn up on the basis of the submissions received through a call for proposals, and the permanent programme, curated by Málaga de Festival itself.

MaF has added two new categories to its discipline-based structure: Science and Tech, designed to think about, review and analyse current scientific and technological models from an audiovisual perspective in order to broaden their meaning and provide a vehicle for the transfer of knowledge.


Feb 8 –– 29, 2024


Free. Open to the public until all places filled


See programme


Christine Ruiz-Picasso auditorium


8.00 p.m. Conversation with Bernhard Schlink

Bernhard Schlink (Bielefeld, 1944) is a judge who lives between Bonn and Berlin. He is the author of four award-winning crime novels, three of which have appeared in this collection in Spanish: La justicia de Selb (published in English as Self’s Punishment (in collaboration with Walter Popp), El engaño de Selb (Self’s Deception) and El fin de Selb (Self’s Murder). Anagrama has also brought out El lector (The Reader), which was hailed as a major literary event in 1995 and has been translated into 39 languages and made into a film, becoming an extraordinary international bestseller and a modern classic. It has received several prizes, such as the Hans Fallada, the Welt and the Ehrengabe awarded by the Heinrich Heine Society, as well as the Grinzane Cavour in Italy and the Laure Bataillon in France. Schlink’s subsequent titles, Flights of Love, Homecoming, The Weekend, Summer Lies, The Women on the Stairs and Olga all attest to his extraordinary talent.

The conversation with the German author will revolve around the two conceptual cornerstones of MaF 2024, culture as a space conceived for joy and happiness, and the non-productive ages – that is, the space are we leaving for childhood and old age with all that both ages entail for our model of social coexistence. These issues will be linked to The Granddaughter, a recently published novel.

8.30 p.m. Versometraje #11 La cultura es alegría (Culture is joy)

The longest-standing activity held in connection with Málaga de Festival is Versometraje, which combines cinema and words. The 2024 edition features names like Jesús Aguado, Susana Martín Gijón, Luis López Carrasco and Omar Janaan, among others.

7.30 p.m. Conversation with José Antonio Marina

José Antonio Marina is visiting the expanded Málaga Festival programme to talk about his essay due to be published on 14 February, Historia de las soluciones (History of solutions), a profound reflection on the time we live in from the perspective of politics, culture and thought. The main aim of this book is to help us understand the age we live in as human beings.