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Open call: Experimental Film Critique Seminar

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Experimental Film Critique 

Experimental cinema is the freest expression of the seventh art, so at the time of reviewing these movies, sometimes we face the blockage of the blank page. It is necessary for us to get free from preconceptions and surrender ourselves to some films that provoke, raise or formulate ideas and images impossible to conceive if it is not from the absolute freedom of format.

The seminar will feature three sessions given by professional film critics. In addition, it will be complemented with the masterclass and other activities organized by (S8) Mostra de Cinema Periférico.

Students will have the possibility to publish their written and audiovisual texts at A Cuarta Parede and will be supported to publish them.


May 26
1st theoretical session. 10:30 – 12:00 p.m. (Afundación Press Room)
Given by Alberte Pagán
The history of cinema is not something static, but a cultural construction. The Film Academy has ignored experimental cinema, so at first experimental film directors had to manage their own reviews and histories. If, at the beginning, in the first decades of this invention, an inclusive history of cinema was possible, nowadays, with a territory in continuous expansion, we can see the impossibility of a (unique) history.

2nd theoretical session. 12:30 – 14:00 p.m. (Afundación Press Room)
Given by Fernando Algarín
Some films seem to process their own history, their fractual starting point. At the same time, when watching these same movies, we have the impression that it is at the table and montage where everything is encouraged, as if the promise of the film that is about to be born springs from the convergence of force lines of certain elements. It is said that some filmmakers in this session, such as Michael Snow, James Benning, Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen, Bruce Elder and Joyce Wieland, discovered their films between these two twin moments: observing the concordance of disparate elements and the meetings of the coils. In both cases, this is a kind of magnetic resemblance. It is enough to feel, in each rotation, what the orientation of each element involves.

16: 30h – 17: 30h (Luis Seoane Foundation)
Guided visit to the facilities of María Ruido, Ernie Gehrand the exhibition ‘Cinema of paper’.

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (CGAI)
Screening of María Ruido’s film ‘L’oeil impératif’

May 31
12: 30h – 14: 00h (CGAI)
Illustrated talk by Fried Vom Gröller

June 1
10: 00h – 11: 30h (CGAI)
Illustrated talk by Ernie Gehr

June 2
Practical session 10:00 – 11:30 (Afundación Press Room)
Given by Mónica Delgado
How to make critical texts about experimental cinema? In this session, we will see different examples of critical written and audiovisual texts, on experimental criticism. In addition, students will have the opportunity to begin the elaboration of their texts that, later, will be published at A Cuarta Parede.

12:00 – 13:00 (Afundación Press Room)
Masterclass by María Ruido

16:30 – 18:00 (Room S8 Palexco)
Illustrated talk by Nicky Hamlyn on the work of Kurt Krent

Alberte Pagán, filmmaker and writer, his works have been exhibited in festivals around the world, in 2016 he was awarded the Galician Critics’ Prize. On his website he carries out research and film criticism that combines with his film activity.

Francisco Algarín Navarro, film critic, is one of those responsible for Revista Lumière, a paper and online publishing, which usually pays  attention to the most peripheral cinema. Among the most recent works of Fernando it is the book ‘Jeanette Muñoz. El paisaje como un mar.’

Mónica Delgado, film critic and director of Desistfilm, one of the most important independent film websites today. Mónica also collaborates with Fandor, where she publishes her video-essays that revolve around classic authors such as George Cukor or new filmmakers such as Juan Daniel Molero.

Deadlines and registration
The number of students will be limited to 25, having priority those who complete the registration fee in the bank account of A Cuarta Parede.

The price to participate in the seminar attending all the sessions will be € 30. These students will receive a welcome kit from the (S8) as well as an accreditation for assistance to all screenings. The fee for students who are only interested in attending the 26th of May will be € 18.

To make the registration, students must write to [email protected], including in the subject field of the e-mail “Seminar S8” and in the body their full name and ID card number.

The enrollment period will be open until May 23.