International filmmakers at the University

International filmmakers at the University

Monday 02 de November 2015

In this edition, the Seville Festival is collaborating with close to thirty entities and companies in order to organize a similar number of complementary activities during the festival. Aware of the need to create new audiences for a kind of cinema that, in most cases, is unfamiliar to them, the axis of the programming of parallel activities this year will focus on the educational environment, with the intention of bringing auteurist cinema and its creators closer to young people. Therefore, the collaboration with the University of Seville (US) will take shape in a series of talks with international directors and a master class given by a prestigious Spanish director.

The Faculty of Fine Arts is the venue for these events with the presence of important experimental filmmakers. On 12th November (12:00h), the students at this university will have the opportunity to attend a talk by Peter Tscherkassky, one of the most consolidated voices  on the international experimental scene, to whom the SEFF is dedicating a retrospective (which can be seen on 35mm). As a reaction to the gradual disappearance of classic cinema and the imminent loss of celluloid, the Austrian director has spent more than a decade constructing his films in the dark room, a process that leaves its mark on the film material and gives his films an important craft component. The masterclass will include analysis of his film Outer Space (1999). The American director now living in Vienna, Eve Heller, will also be present. She will analyze the cinematic strategies and narrative art of her film Creme 21, which has been described as “an impressive avant garde sci-fi film, built from feature films and educational films from the 70s about time and space”.

Another of the filmmakers to whom the SEFF will be dedicating a retrospective, the German Birgit Hein, will also be talking to students at the Faculty of Fine Arts, on Monday 9th November. A decisive figure in the construction of an alternative film scene in her country, her film work (brave and transgressive) questions the representation of women, presenting them not so much as victims of repression but as strong, violent and sexualized in a world of men. Hein will be joined in the talk by the organizers who have programmed the season included in the Seville Festival: Gonzalo de Pedro (programmer at Locarno and director of the festival Márgenes.org) and Miguel Fernández-Rodríguez Labayen (editor of Secuencias. Revista de Historia del Cine).

The well-known German film critic and history expert Rüdiger Suchsland, who has programmed the mini-season Weimar oculto: más allá del expresionismo for this edition and is presenting his documentary From Caligari to Hitler (in competition in New Waves/Non-FIction), will meet with students from the History Faculty to discuss this film, his first work. Specifically, the objective of Suchsland’s visit is to consider doubts and reflections about the views set out in the documentary, where he revises brilliant sequences from a group of filmmakers –Murnau, Lang, Lubitsch, Ulmer...– whose works explain how Hitler would come to power in Germany.

Finally, also on Thursday 12th November, but in the Faculty of Media Studies, there will be a master class by the Leon filmmaker Luis Aller, who is competing in the Resistances section this year with the film Transeúntes. Director and lecturer at theBande a Part Film School in Barcelona (which he founded in 2009) Aller will explain cinema as the language of light and shade, showing the importance of compositions, angles and camera movements. The history of cinema, according to Aller, will rest particularly on classics and styles that were milestones: October (S.M. Einsenstein, 1927), Intolerance (D.W. Griffith, 1916), The Crime of Monsieur Lange (Jean Renoir, 1936), Angel (Ernst Lubitsch, 1937), Written on the Wind (Douglas Sirk, 1956), Imitation of Life (D. Sirk, 1959); and the more recent Manhattan (Woody Allen, 1979), Damnation (Béla Tarr, 1988) and In Praise of Love (J.L. Godard, 2001).In this edition, the Seville Festival is collaborating with close to thirty entities and companies in order to organize a similar number of complementary activities during the festival. Aware of the need to create new audiences for a kind of cinema that, in most cases, is unfamiliar to them, the axis of the programming of parallel activities this year will focus on the educational environment, with the intention of bringing auteurist cinema and its creators closer to young people. Therefore, the collaboration with the University of Seville (US) will take shape in a series of talks with international directors and a master class given by a prestigious Spanish director.


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