Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas

Júlia Ist


Year: 2017
Run Time: 96 minutes

Júlia Ist
Júlia Ist
Júlia Ist
Júlia Ist


After receiving an Erasmus grant to study architecture in Berlin, Júlia leaves her friends, family, and boyfriend behind in Barcelona in pursuit of new experiences. But once she arrives in her new city, things don’t go as smoothly as she expected. The cultural differences between Berlin and Barcelona create gaps of understanding between Júlia and her peers… not to mention the differences in the cities’ winter climates, which are drastic. For the first time in her life, Júlia feels completely alone, out of place, and cold. JÚLIA IST follows this brave young Catalan woman as she feels her way though Berlin, coping with complicated romantic endeavors and struggling to pay her rent on time, but eventually finding her groove. Authentic and insightful, JÚLIA IST will evoke uncanny feelings of familiarity for anyone who has traveled outside of their comfort zone, and grown from it. (In Catalan with subtitles) —G.S.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 9:10 PM

Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 4:40 PM

Film Is Art

ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
International Narrative Competition


Elena Martín

Elena Martín was born in Barcelona in 1992. She is the director, co-screenwriter, co-producer, and lead actress in her debut film JÚLIA IST. The film is her graduation piece for her studies in audiovisual communication at the University of Pomeu Fabra in Barcelona.

JÚLIA IST (2017)

Sergi Moreno, Marta Cruańas, Tono Folguera

Maria Castellvi, Marta Cruańas, Elena Martín, Pol Rebaque

Pol Rebaque

Ariadna Ribas, Diana Toucedo

Principal Cast
Elena Martin, Oriol Puig, Jakob D'aprile, Laura Weissmahr

Print Source

This film is presented with the generous support of JOAN TOMKINS and BILL BUSTA.

Community Partner

The Young Latino Network

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