Exploring a Majorcan Beach Town - 'Magaluf Ghost Town' Doc Trailer
"You don't want to see Magaluf angry…" A festival promo trailer has launched for the indie documentary titled Magaluf Ghost Town, directed by Spanish filmmaker Miguel Ángel Blanca. This is premiering at the HotDocs Film Festival in Canada soon, with this trailer being released now to bring some extra attention to it. Magaluf is a beach town on the Spanish island of Majorca (aka Mallorca) in the Mediterranean, where many British travel for vacation each year. The place is now a real ghost town due to pandemic restrictions shutting down travel for the last year. But this doc film takes us back into the heart of this globally infamous mass-tourism mecca (dubbed the "Twin Peaks of the Balearics"), exploring how local people experience the impacts of tourism. The film is described as an "ensemble piece that offers a portrait of a community as it navigates the transition from hibernation to the high season." I'm very curious about this, and curious if it's going to end by saying that tourists leaving the place empty is better than when it was full. Very interesting.
Description from HotDocs: "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." Magaluf Ghost Town is directed by the Spanish filmmaker Miguel Ángel Blanca, director of the docs Your Lost Memories and Un lloc on caure mort previously. The film is premiering at the HotDocs Film Festival in Canada this spring. No release dates are set - stay tuned for more info. Thoughts?