We are continuing to give updates on the contents of the 12th edition of the Seville European Film Festival, which this year will have an important representation of European experimental cinema from recent decades with works from Juan Sebastián Bollaín, Peter Tscherkassky (all of them screened in 35mm) and Birgit Hein. Their avant-garde pieces in different formats-shorts, medium and feature length films- will feature in retrospectives at the SEFF.
The SEFF is devoting a retrospective to the career of the German director Birgit Hein (Berlin, 1942) in order to demonstrate her influence on contemporary film culture. Her films, brave and transgressive, question the representation of women, presenting them not so much as victims of repression, but as strong, violent and sexualized in a world of men. The retrospective -curated by Gonzalo de Pedro y Miguel F. Labayen- will show six of her films from the last 30 years, the themes of which go from media coverage of wars to images taken by Libyan and Syrian citizens on their desperate escape from death.
Another of the most consolidated voices on the international experimental scene is Peter Tscherkassky (Vienna, 1958), whose career is being examined by the SEFF on the occasion of the premiere in Spain of his latest film, 'The exquisite corpus' (2015), which received a special mention at the last edition of the Cannes Festival. His films draw attention for the amazing combination of image and sound, which makes their viewing a real sensorial experience through the analog manipulation: crackings and superimpositions on the frames; noises, buzzings and silences on the audio track. For this remix, Tscherkassky starts from the appropriation of fiction material and found footage, which he joins together exquisitely in filmic pieces where reference and fragmentation are regular recourses. The SEFF’s Tscherkassky retrospective will then continue as a traveling season which will be shown at the film archives in Galicia, Valencia and Andalusia.
Fundamental testimonies about the Seville underground fill the surprising work of the architect and filmmaker Juan Sebastián Bollaín (Madrid, 1945), who has lived since the age of 9 in the Seville capital. Connecting the most transgressive aspect of the Nouvelle Vague with the artistic avant-garde of the early 20the century, his iconoclastic films have put into images, since 1978, the Seville that could have been, but never was. An ironic, very critical discourse, anticipating such unusual subjects at the time as the sustainability of cities and the (scant) participation by citizens in the face of political passivity. Questions that provoked the censorship of his most recent work 'Sevilla 2030' (2003), by the same people who had commissioned it. The visionary nature of these pieces explains his influence on current experimental filmmakers, such as the Los Hijos collective or the Seville director María Cañas, and his exhibition in prestigious seasons and spaces such as the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.
Bollaín’s first films on Super-8 and 16mm, badly deteriorated and therefore almost unseen until now, have been restored by the Andalusian Film Archive and deposited in the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, and they will be shown in the SEFF as part of a deserved tribute. In addition to showing those works, the Film Festival will carry out another parallel activity regarding this figure: a bus route through the places shown in the above mentioned 'Seville 2030'.
In this 12th edition, the Focus Europe section of the Seville European Film Festival is devoted to the new comedy in current European cinema: a comedy conceived as contrary, counter-comedy. That is, a group of alternative films that break with classic comedy and, using uncomfortable and politically incorrect humour, tackle crucial themes such as unemployment, poverty and politics, among others.
SEFF will be screening 12 titles that fall within this tendency, unseen to date on commercial circuits in Spain. Examples of European counter-comedy that range from 'Down Terrace', the first film by the English Ben Wheatley (reputed director of 'Sightseers'); to 'Le roi de l’evasion', from the French director Alain Guiraudie immediately prior to 'El desconocido del lago' (Gold Giraldillo at the SEFF'13); including the leading role by the British actor Steve Coogan ('24 Hour Party People') in 'Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa' –whose screening at the SEFF will be its premiere in Spain – and the prestige of the Romanian film 'Best intentions', which won Best Director and Best Actor at Locarno.
Also of note in this selection are three of the best recent comedies in Spanish cinema, the latest films from Carlo Padial, Daniel Castro and Chiqui Carabante. As well as the leading performance from the 'counter-comic' –or 'ultra-comic'- Miguel Noguera, in 'Taller Capuchoc', Carlo Padial ('Mi loco Erasmus') has the collaboration of the duo of youtubers Venga Monjas and Didac Alcáraz ('Go, Ibiza, Go!'); a new edit, unseen to date, of this film will be shown at the SEFF.
The winner of the Biznagas de Plata for Best Film and Best Script at the Malaga festival, 'Ilusión', has Daniel Castro in the leading role in a film whose cast includes Bárbara Santa-Cruz ('Pagafantas'), Miguel Rellán and David Trueba. Finally, with '12+1, a metaphysical comedy', the Malaga director and writer Chiqui Carabante ('Carlos contra el mundo') won the awards for Best Film and Best Director in the ZonaZine section at the Malaga Festival.
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