In the last 15 years we have seen the flourishing of a network of filmmakers, institutions, schools and laboratories devoted to keeping analogue film culture alive in cities like Barcelona, Madrid, San Sebastián and La Coruña. Fresh from New York, we’ll be showing in Barcelona the cycle Private Collection, three programmes that run through the contemporary cinema scene filmed and screened in 16 mm and Super-8.
Driven by friendship and persevering collaboration, three generations of filmmakers take part in a series of surprising encounters, exchange of materials, shared knowledge, informal screenings, new circles and mutual influences. Teaching, production, screening, programming and preservation strengthen and enrich a poetic cinema in constant tension with the everyday in its desire to capture and invoke the experience.
The programme screens a series of films based on visual concepts, portraits of people and places, subjective improvisations, and stagings of objects and landscapes. Bodily gestures, the transformation of materials and spaces, and the exploration of the possibilities of the camera give rise to a varied group of miniatures, magnified by memory. The session concludes with Healing Ray, a triple screening in 16 mm in which a series of rituals reorganizes the energy let loose by the programme.
Many Eyes, Many Centers, Moving, Maria Pipla, 2022, 16 mm, 3’; Pomell de flors espirituals, Ana Pfaff, 2011, Super-8, 3’; Ulía, Laura Moreno, 2023, 16 mm, 3’; Diorama, Álvaro Feldman, 2022, Super-8, 3’; Fractura, Biviana Chauchi, 2023, 16 mm, 3’; ¡Bu! (con admiración), Gadea Burgaz, 2023, Super-8, 15’; Lx Visages, Céline Latil, 2022, 16 mm, 3’; #006, Yonay Boix, 2021, Super-8, 3’; #007, Yonay Boix and Ariadna Onofri, 2021, Super-8, 3’; #008, Yonay Boix, 2022-23, Super-8, 3’; Cuba Velocity, Pablo Useros, 2023, 16mm, 6’; Healing Ray, Jorge Suárez Quiñones Rivas, 2021, 16 mm triple projection, 45’.
The session will be presented by the programmers Francisco Algarín Navarro and Carlos Saldaña, of Revista Lumière. Copies courtesy of their authors.
The other two sessions in the cycle are on Friday 13 October at the Filmoteca de Catalunya and Saturday 14th at Zumzeig.