Time, structure, patterns. These are some of the principles that guide the ninth edition of the (S8) Mostra Internacional de Cinema Periférico that, under the title Lux Algebra, invokes the alchemical film elements that manipulate time and its structures, and that define a program with which it is completed the trilogy dedicated to film creation that the Mostra has been developing in these past editions, from the light with The New Impressionists (2016) to the material that supports the images with Objects and Appearances (2017), on the concepts of appropriation of found footage.
The 9th edition of (S8) Mostra Internacional de Cinema Periférico starts next May 25, 2018 with an opening gala that will be the premiere in our country of the opera / oratorio Voices of Light / The Passion of Joan of Arc, by Richard Einhorn, directed by Fernando Briones and interpreted by the Choir and Orchestra Gaos. The Teatro Colón in A Coruña will host, starting at 8:30 p.m., the inauguration of the Mostra, whose tickets can be purchased at Ataquilla.com, on the phone 902 504 500, at the ticket offices of Teatro Colón and at the headquarters of Afundación in A Coruña.
The premiere of Voices of Light / The Passion of Joan of Arc at the opening gala of the 9th edition of (S8) Mostra Internacional de Cinema Periférico will be the beginning of almost ten days of screenings, presentations, film performances, discussions, meetings with critics and others so many activities that will place A Coruña between May 25 and June 3 as the epicenter of the contemporary film and artistic avant-garde.
Under the title Lux Algebra, the ninth edition of (S8) Mostra Internacional de Cinema Periférico refers to the concept of algebra – the branch of mathematics that studies the combination of elements of abstract structures according to certain rules – and that of lux – the unit of measurement of light-, with the intention of insisting on the cinema as a result of a combination of elements, and through the selection of works in which time and structure (through montage and internal construction) are fundamental. With key figures such as Ernie Gehr and Kurt Kren, and contemporary creators such as Scott Stark and Chris Kennedy (as well as two programs of historical and contemporary movies), we will break down the theme of this new edition.
Walk through the contemporary avant-garde
Another of the essential figures that will visit the Mostra is the Canadian Philip Hoffman, one of the masters of the art of the filmed diary and promoter of the educational project Film Farm, a kind of summer camp for filmmakers in which personal and experimental projects are carried out in film format, and with handcrafted and ecological processing techniques. There will be shown movies like Slaughterhouse, the work in progress of his latest film, Vultures, as well as autobiographical works such as On the Pond. From June 5 to 8, the workshop Film Farm on the Road with limited seats will be held at Nautilus in A Coruña and will be given by Hoffman, during which he will share his working methods with 16mm with the participants.
The filmmaker Friedl vom Gröller will be in A Coruña with her 16mm portraits, continuing her portentous work in the field of photography and paradigmatic examples of the interest of this iconic author concerning concepts of identity and gestures that become visible with the fixed presence of the film camera. While Pablo Mazzolo, an Argentine who has opened new ways for experimental cinema, will also be at the film’s avant-garde tour offered by the Mostra (S8) in the ninth edition.
Another essential: the seminal independent film distributor Canyon Cinema, which has been 50 years active. To celebrate that anniversary, Antonella Bonfanti, in charge of distribution in Canyon, curated a program under the title California Dreaming, which will be presented at the Mostra, gathering the work of its founders -Bruce Baillie, a filmmaker whose influence is similar to Mekas’, Anger’s or Jacobs’, and the feminist ethnographer Chick Strand- and filmmakers like Nathaniel Dorsky and her devotional cinema, Will Hindle. Charlotte Pryce and her fascinating microscopic and scientific world, or that of Mark Toscano.
In the classic section OVERFLOWS, one of the hallmarks of (S8) Mostra Internacional de Cinema Períférico, there can be enjoyed once again at the courtyard of Luis Seoane Foundation the film performances by the Colombian-German duo based in Berlin Ojoboca, who will premiere a new work in (S8), in addition to the works by Scott Stark, Pablo Mazzolo and Tono Mejuto, who will premiere Reliefs, the result of the first BAICC residence, organized by the (S8) in collaboration with Acción Cultural Española and Toronto LIFT.
SINAIS continues to bring Galician cinema to front, this time with the combative work of María Ruido. With the installation Le paradis inaugurated last April 21 at the Luis Seoane Foundation, and as a focus of SINAIS section, the Mostra wants to vindicate the profile of the incisive visual artist, researcher and cultural producer, and gathers her first works, made during the late 90s at the historic School of Image and Sound of A Coruña, in Someso.
The works which can be seen as installations are Ethics of Care (1999), Hansel y Gretel (1998), Cronología (1998), and La voz humana (1998). Also, under SINAIS it is programmed The image that thinks, on the trajectory of María Ruido, and it will be held during May and will end on Saturday, June 2, at the AFundación Auditorium with the screening of her last work, Mater Amatísima (2017), in which she deals with the relationship between production and reproduction to seek a redefinition of motherhood in the uncertain present times. The Thinking Image involves the movies Plan Rosebud 1 / Crime Scene (2008) (May 11), Plan Rosebud 2 / Calling the ghost (2008) (May 11), Le rêve est fini (2014) (18) May), L’oeil impératif (2015) (May 26) and Mater Amatísima (June 2).
In addition, SINAIS EN CURTO collects the best of the Galician filmmakers, with works by Alberte Pagán (A mosca), Lara and Noa Castro (Impossible pieces), Ángel Santos (M. Manuel Moldes – Pontevedra Suite, 1983-1987), Helena Girón and Samuel Delgado (Plus Ultra), finishing with Marcos Pérez and Martin Pawley (Fogos).
One more year (S8) Mostra Internacional de Cinema Periférico becomes a meeting point in which teaching and training gain prominence to host the seminar Experimental Film Review between June 26 and July 2 organized by A Cuarta Parede. The seminar will consist of three sessions given by the critics Alberte Pagán, Francisco Algarín (Revista Lumière), Mónica Delgado (Desistfilm) and Brais Romero (A Cuarta Parede), to finish with the masterclass series and other activities organized by the Mostra. For registration contact [email protected]. The deadline will be open until May 23.
An activity that completes the series of professional meetings to be held during the ninth edition of (S8) Mostra Internacional de Cinema Periférico: discussion on Ways for the realization of contemporary experimental cinema. Residences, Laboratories, Creation Scholarships, which will have the participation of institutions such as LIFT – Canada, Film Farm – Canada, EQZE | Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola – Tabakalera, Master LAB – Madrid; in addition to the tutorials of projects under development of INPUT, which on this occasion are taught by professionals such as Isabela Orellana (Festival of Valdivia – Chile), James Lattimer (Berlinale Forum – Germany) and Cinthia Gil (Docs Lisboa).
The invitation for the participation of Chris Kennedy, Antonella Bonfanti, Isabel Orellana, James Lattimer, Friedl Vom Gröller and Cintia Gil in this new edition of (S8) has been possible thanks to the program Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) for the internationalization of Spanish Culture (PICE), in its modality of Visitors, which makes possible that Spanish cultural entities and institutions have the presence of professionals and international cultural prescribers for their activities and programs, in order to know directly and personally the creative-cultural Spanish offer.