SPANISH FRESH FILMS
KJCC | MAY 14-15-16, 2014 | 7pm
* All the events are FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC
* All the events will take place at:KING JUAN CARLOS I OF SPAIN CENTER
New York University
53 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
T. +1 (212) 998-3650
ALL THE THINGS THAT ARE NOT THERE
Teresa Solar Abboud | Spain | 2013 |
Wed, May 14
All the Things That Are Not There (Todas las cosas que no están) tells the story of a woman travelling around the United States, following the path of American photographer and engineer Harold Edgerton. Her voice guides us along an evocative and uncertain road trip, building a parallel story about the experiments of Edgerton, and straying from her crystal-clear imagery.
Edgerton was the inventor of ultra-fast photography, underwater photography and the rapatronic camera. Except for a minority of specialists and professionals, nuclear testing sites (or seabeds) are places that are forbidden, inaccessible and dark. In this regard, the character of Edgerton acts as a conceptual hinge, between that which we cannot see, and that which we can distinguish through the partial, abrupt and almost non-existent dazzle of the bright flash.
The video combines fictitious scenes with almost tourist-like documentary images, and creates a conceptual link around the work of the photographer and the meaning of his practice. Through apparently unconnected scenes, the artist extends these initial concerns to other matters, such asreenactment and bodies-illusion.
COSTA DA MORTE
Lois Patiño | Spain | 2013 |
83 min. | Experimental documentary film
Thu, May 15
Portrait of Costa da Morte (coast region in Galicia, Spain) from an ethnographic and landscape level, exploring also the collective imagination associated with the area. A region marked by strong oceanic feeling dominated by the historical conception of world's end and with tragic shipwrecks.
Fragmentary film that approaches to the anthropological from its protagonists: sailors, shellfish, loggers, farmers ... A selection of characters representative of the traditional work carried out in the countryside in the region, allowing us to reflect on the influence of the environment on people.
We adopt a slow and poetic view, letting time going by within the image's frame, this allows us to observe landscape's movements. To convey the idea of dialogue and relationship between landscape and people we use wide shots where the human figure is seen distant but his voice is heard close. The story suggests the experience of Finisterre's landscape. A journey that will go away from reality to a dreamy look immersed in the mythical representation of the Coast of Death.
O QUINTO EVANXEO DE GASPAR HAUSER
Alberto Gracia | Spain | 2013 |
61 min. | O.V. Galician subtited in English
Fri, May 16
Starting from the legend of Gaspar Hauser, a man who grew up locked away without any contact with human beings and accompanied only by a wooden horse, Gracia imagines and explores the darkest corners of the human subconscious. Filmed in (disturbing) 16mm, the proposed game establishes rules only in order to break them (like the order by episodes), and suggests impossible narrative lines only to shun them. Like Hauser, through the film we discover the world without the mediation of language, through a series of images for which we have no decoding tools. Eccentric sense of humour, iconoclastic use of symbols and large doses of strangeness in a work of daring experimentation, a journey to nowhere on board cinema.