My movie Video – Derives: Sol will be shown in New York the next 19th of November, in a program presented by Pragda and NYU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, with the special support of DOCMA, Asociación de Cine Documental.
Here is all the information about the event, from the organizer’s web.
“Spanish Revolution?” is a series of shorts made by prominent Spanish audiovisual artists, which reflect on recent social movements and their context in an attempt to observe, analyze, and understand a society weakened by the political and financial crisis. The films take a critical and non-complacent view of the crisis, its consequences, and the social responses to them. Together they comprise a highly personal set of views in which risk, humor, experimentation, and creative subjectivity join hands.
This collection of shorts has been made possible thanks to DOCMA Asociación de Cine Documental (www.docma.es). Special thanks to Andrea Guzmán.
For those of you who don’t know, the Spanish Revolution is similar to the Occupy Movement.
Monumental History of Modern-Day Spain (Historia Monumental de la España Contemporánea), by David Varela, Spain / 2013 / 7 min
Some long steps towards today.
Video-Derives: Sol, by Flavio G. García, Spain / 2011 / 5 min
An exploration of how citizens register images during social protests. A work shot during the May 15th events initiated by the Real Democracy Now movement in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol, also known as the Spanish Revolution.
The Guernica Variations (Las Variaciones Guernica), by Guillermo García Peydró, Spain / 2012 / 26 min
Picasso’s “Guernica” is the image of a disproportionate attack on unarmed civilians intended to demoralize and subjugate a whole population. This changed the ground-rules of traditional war, opening up a new scenario: the targeting of civilians became a priority for anyone seeking to achieve a political goal. A contemporary reading of the painting must take into account Picasso’s intuition that the bombing of Guernica was a turning point that ushered in today’s use of terror against civilians.
The Killing of the Pig (La Matança Del Porc), by Isaki Lacuesta, Spain-USA / 2012 / 10 min
A moral portrait of Barcelona and, by extension, Spain in the year 2012. It is the story of a real-estate consultant and an amateur filmmaker who, in the 1970s, fought for democracy and who now thinks it has been perverted and manipulated. He sharpens his claws and plans a couple of alternatives that could put an end to a crisis “created for us by bankers and profiteers.”
ABOUT THE DIRECTORS
David Varela shoot in 2008 the feature film Banaras Me and the shorts Solitude – Dawn nº 1.856280, No Men´s Children, and Last Portrait, traveling with them to a large number of international film festivals. His next feature film, The Miracle, is currently in the editing stage.
Flavio G. García is an independent filmmaker from Spain, now living in Berlin. He studied in Escuela de Cinematografía y del Audiovisual de la Comunidad de Madrid (ECAM). He makes non-fiction and fiction experimental movies, often with small formats like cell phones.
Guillermo Peydró is a Spanish filmmaker and art historian. In 2011, he shot several short pieces on creativity in New York. His two first essay films on art, The Guernica Variations and The Imaginary Garden, are a denounce of today’s civilian repression and its opposite: a meditation on European culture and creativity.
Isaki Lacuesta’s feature The Double Steps (2011) was awarded the Golden Shell at San Sebastian Film Festival. His documentary El Cuaderno de Barro (2011) received a Golden Medal at the International Festival of Audiovisual Programs (FIPA) in Biarritz. His film La Leyenda del Tiempo (2006) was recognized as the Best Spanish Film of the Year by the Catalan Critics Association.