May 22, 2023 | Featured, News

  • The professional gathering will be accompanied by a programme in which we will be screening films related to the books that publishers will be presenting at (S8).   
  • The Mostra will be dedicating a programme in memoriam to Paolo Gioli and a carte blanche to the renowned experimental film distributor Light Cone.

The (S8) Mostra Internacional de Cinema Periférico in A Coruña, which will be held from this Friday 26 May to 4 June, is today presenting its programme dedicated to the professional sector. In this fourteenth festival, the (S8) Observatory section intends to raise appreciation for the work of the publishers that immortalise the history of experimental cinema and its filmmakers through writing. This will be done through the meeting Bearing witness: how to publish on experimental cinema today, in which interested parties from different spheres will participate, from artisan publications to artists’ books, and from historiographical books to compilations of texts and interviews.

Specifically, the Parisian publishing house Eyewash Books will be at (S8), headed by Scott Hammen; as well as the Argentine ladies from La Vida Útil, through Lucia Salas; and Caja Negra, with Pablo Marin; the Spanish magazine Lumière, fronted by Francisco Algarín; and the Ireland-and-France-based publishing collective Stereo Editions, represented by Helena Gouveia Monteiro. Furthermore, the German publisher Hatje Cantz has been invited to take part in the Mostra due to the recent publication of the book Helga Fanderl. Konstellationen Super 8, which will be presented in (S8) by the filmmaker Helga Fanderl herself.

In addition to the meeting, the (S8) Observatory includes the programme Books on films, films on books, with a selection of films found in some of the books published by those participating.

Bagatelle II (1964-2016), Jerome Hiller. Libro Horas iluminadas: Nathaniel Dorsky y Jerome Hiler, editorial Lumière | CONSTELLATION SUPER 8 (2017-2021), Helga Fanderl, editorial Hatje Cantz.

Proxecta panel: sustainability in festivals

Another of the activities included in this 14th (S8) Observatory will be the “Proxecta Panel: sustainability in festivals”. This is an encounter that will be focusing on festivals’ impact on the environment, the population and the economy, as well as on the measures being applied by the sector to foster increasingly sustainable events. Representatives will be taking part from FICBUEU – Bueu International Film Festival and the Mares da Fin do Mundo International Documentary Film Festival, two of the festivals included in Proxecta – the Galician Film Festivals Coordinator; in addition to representatives from the Sinsal Festival and the Coordinator of the Galician Sustainable Culture Pact, María Baqueiro.

Special programmes: Paolo Gioli in memoriam and Carte blanche for Light Cone

(S8) will also have two very special programmes. The first of these is a session in memoriam dedicated to the Italian filmmaker and photographer Paolo Gioli, who passed away last year. It is a programme curated and presented by Enrico Camporesi, assistant curator in charge of the research and documentation Musée National d’Art Moderne Centre Pompidou – Film Collection, who will be delving into the work of an inspiring filmmaker internationally renowned for his artistic, photographic and experimental film research. Since the 1970s, Gioli applied primitive photography techniques to cinema, such as pinhole cameras, which he even manufactured using walnut shells, seashells or biscuits. Building his own devices, or else using the tools and materials of cinema “incorrectly”, he generated some of the most important artworks in the world’s cinematographic heritage.

Filmarilyn (1992), Paolo Gioli

Also this year, the International Peripheral Film Festival intends to familiarise the public with the work of the big experimental film distributors. The festival is shining the spotlight on Light Cone, a legendary Paris-based film distributor working as a non-profit filmmakers’ cooperative that has made it possible for avant-garde cinema in its original formats to spread to all corners of Europe. After forty years of existence, Light Cone now has a collection covering over 6,000 films made from 1900 to the present day by more than 900 artists and experimental filmmakers of all nationalities. (S8) will be dedicating an entire programme to this exemplary institution through a carte blanche prepared by their distribution manager, Miguel Armas. It will be a session in which eleven films can be seen that attest to the temporal, national and stylistic diversity of the collection, with the use of colour in cinema as the common denominator.

TRIAL BALLOONS (1982), Robert Breer

Backing for (S8)

The 14th (S8) Peripheral Film Festival (Mostra de Cinema Periférico) is backed by the A Coruña City Council (Consello), the Tourism and Congresses Consortium, the A Coruña Provincial Council (Diputación), the Galician Agency for Cultural Industries of the Regional Government (Xunta) of Galicia, the Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts (ICAA), Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) and the Luis Seoane Foundation. It can also count on collaboration from the Afundación – ABANCA social work projects (Obra Social).

In addition, Barbara Sternberg, Hangjun Lee, Enrico Camporesi, Jessica Sarah Rinland, Helena Gouvenia and Scott Hamen have been invited to take part in this (S8) thanks to the Programme by Acción Cultural Española (Spanish Cultural Action or AC/E) to Internationalise Spanish Culture (PICE), in its visitor format, which makes it easier for Spanish cultural entities and institutions to invite professional international cultural exemplaries to Spain to take part in their activities and programmes so they can get to know what Spain’s creative and cultural scene has to offer directly and in person.

The International Artistic Residencies for Film Creation – BAICC arose from collaboration between (S8), Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) and LIFT – Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. They are funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU as part of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan of the Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts.

The eSe8_LAB Scholarships are funded by European Union – NextGenerationEU as part of the Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts’ Plan for Recovery, Transformation and Resilience, thanks to the aid for Laboratories and Incubators for the Creation and Development of Audiovisual Projects. They can count on collaboration from the BALTIC ANALOG LAB (BAL) in RIGA.

In their commitment to discovering authentic creations made to be enjoyed with the five senses, Cervezas Alhambra will again be collaborating with the festival, which is on the Alhambra Moments calendar. For another year, in the “Desbordamientos” section you can try their varieties while enjoying the very best artistic and cultural events. This is how the brand is backing (S8) as part of its commitment to promoting culture and fostering unique experiences.

The images by Urbano Lugrís belong to the ABANCA art collection and their use has been made possible thanks to collaboration from the artist’s family and the O Mural Cultural Association.