Marlene Dietrich, Nosferatu, The Devils, The Vampire of Dusseldorf, Doctor No or the Witches of Zugarramurdi call to the spectator from the poster for the XIII edition of the Seville European Film Festival (SEFF) –which will be held 4 –12 November- presented today in the Espacio Santa Clara. The image for this edition of the festival is the work of the Estremaduran artist, Sevillian by adoption, Mariajosé Gallardo, trained at the Faculty of Fine Arts in the capital, who has framed the iconic characters, villains and femmes fatales, of European cinema against the sepia background of a vintage image, midway between airmail and film clapperboard.
The artist has taken the number thirteen, the edition being held by SEFF, to make reference to misfortune through the wicked, belligerent and obscure characters in European cinema. The poster recovers the artisan way in which posters were formerly made for cinemas, in this case bringing together pictorially archetypes of various genres, places and eras. The horseshoe that crowns the image works as an antidote to any ill omen.
Mariajosé Gallardo is a founding member of Sala de eStar. The winner of many awards, including the Focus Abengoa, and with works in collections such as the Coca-Cola Foundation, the artist has had exhibitions in galleries such as the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC). Cinema, fashion, music, the comic, plastic arts and, above all, the history of painting, are the sources which give rise to and shape the aesthetic territory of this artist specialised in design and engraving.