What is Xcèntric?

The CCCB’s cinema

Xcèntric is a meeting place for the public, filmmakers, and students and researchers who want to enjoy a visionary kind of cinema.

Created in 2001, Xcèntric is the CCCB’s regular film programme, with regular screenings throughout the winter and spring, and year-round activities.

The care taken in putting together and producing each session, along with the decision to screen the works in their original format, make each small event unique. The contents are constantly expanding genres and subject matter, but the works shown are always the result of personal creation, open to experimentation and research.

Over the years, we’ve added educational theory and practical activities, meetings with filmmakers and specialists, publications, travelling programmes and in-house productions, and a unique space: the Xcèntric Archive.

Thanks to the screenings, the Archive and the different activities, today Xcèntric, the CCCB’s cinema, not only occupies an important place in cultural Barcelona, it also attracts major expressions of international appreciation.


Team

Director of the Audiovisual Department

Ángela Martínez (amartinez@cccb.org)

Director of Xcèntric

Carolina López (clopez@cccb.org)

Coordinator

Gloria Vilches (gvilches@cccb.org)

Programmers

Celeste Araújo, Gonzalo de Lucas, Lumière, Oriol Sánchez

Guest and past cycle programmers

Núria Aidelman, José Ángel Alcalde, Albert Alcoz, Manuel Asín, Lucia Aspesi, Maria Baker-Choustova, Gianpaolo Bianconi, Juan Bufill, Quim Casas, Josetxo Cerdán, Crater-Lab, Angélica Cuevas, Andy Davies, Loïc Díaz-Ronda, Andrés Duque, Núria Esquerra, Miguel Fernández Labayen, Pablo García Polite, Carles Guerra, Andrés Hispano, João Laia, Beatriz Leal, Laida Lertxundi, Miquel Martí Freixas, Marc Martínez, Paola Marugán, Philippe-Alain Michaud, Boris Monneau, Garbiñe Ortega, Joan Padrol, Antoni Pinent, Daniel Pitarch, Jonathan Pouthier, Alex Reynolds, Susana Sanz, Andrey Shental, Hannes Schüpbach, Juan Antonio Suárez, Jorge Tur, Nuria Vidal, Mark Webber, Andreas Wutz.

Projectionist

Xavier Massó

Subtitles

36caracteres and Sublimages

Design

DOMO-A

 

With the support of interns at the UPF, UB and Blanquerna, among other universities and schools.


FAQ

What kind of films can I see at Xcèntric?

Films made with the freedom created by each artist’s personal space. Some people call them experimental, art house or creative documentary, but for us these films are for the “long haul”, because they form a kind of cinema which, with its ideas and its formal proposals, is or has been in the vanguard, and because, although they exist on the fringes, they occupy centre stage in the contemporary audiovisual world. They’re often made by visionaries, almost always on low budgets, and they’re also inspirational; they show that it is possible to make films outside the main industry circuits, shunning the paraphernalia of the commercial cinema.

How are Xcèntric films chosen?

Our programmes are curated, so the choice of films depends on the criteria of the team that is Xcèntric. We don’t ask for submissions because we are not a festival.

So what are the criteria for choosing films?

To start with, there are no limitations on period (films range from early cinema to recent releases), format (cinema, video), duration (we’ve shown films lasting five hours and also barely a minute) or genre (we show lots of experimental and documentary film, but we also like indefinable genres, and flirtations with other artistic disciplines). We’re always on the lookout for films that are hard to find but that we consider important despite their absence from the main circuit.

What is an Xcèntric session?

The films are screened in the original version and format (whenever possible).

The programmes usually bring together several short works on a theme, but we also show features, expanded cinema and monographics.

Each session is accompanied by a text to place it in context, but also, whenever possible, they are presented by their programmers or sometimes the filmmakers themselves.

Who comes to Xcèntric?

Not just inveterate filmgoers, but also—in fact most particularly—curious spectators who are eager to discover unique forms and languages in a contemporary panorama saturated with images but always open to new ideas, whether formulated today or salvaged from the past.

Why do you still screen in a cinema?

Because we believe that the best cinematographic experience is still a dark theatre and a big screen, with each film projected in its original format. Because lots of young filmmakers have gone back to using photochemical techniques.

Where do you find the films?

Getting hold of a film can be very easy, extremely complicated or even impossible. It depends on who owns the rights (it sometimes takes a while to find this out) and on condition and availability. When we want to show a film, we first have to locate it, then negotiate its screening and, finally, transport it from wherever it is to Barcelona. We tend to get films through distributers, cooperatives, film theatres, museum holdings and also the filmmakers themselves or their heirs, especially in Europe and the United States.

What does it take to be an Xcèntric programmer?

Of course, programmers have to be familiar with the audiovisual medium, but most of all they need criteria and sensibility when putting together a programme. Most Xcèntric programmes are made up of several films; when this happens, we try to get the different works to dialogue. This makes the experience of the session richer and more satisfactory for spectators, who find connections between the different films.

We have the greatest respect for this task, because we know the effects of a good programme on the spectator and on the works shown.

Our programmers have learned by meticulously piecing together programmes, and we can quite confidently say that Xcèntric has created a school in this respect.

Xcèntric has been renewed over the years, as has its team of programmers. It also invites guest programmers.

How did Xcèntric come about?

In 2001, the CCCB’s Audiovisual Department, directed by Ángela Martínez, wanted to create a regular cycle of screenings, and accepted the proposal of José Ángel Alcalde, accompanied in the original venture by Andrés Hispano, Andy Davies and Carolina López. This first team laid the foundations of Xcèntric’s orientation towards experimental and avant-garde film, and also decided on the activity’s name and image. Over the years, many programmers have contributed to Xcèntric, enriching a programme that has become the flagship of a series of related activities, such as Xcèntric Archive, workshops, talks and publications.


Practical info

Admission fee

1 session: 4 € / Concessions: 3 € /
5-session pass: 15 € / Concessions: 12 €
Free admission for Friends of the CCCB, senior citizens in possession of a Targeta Rosa, the unwaged, holders of a Generalitat de Catalunya teachers’ card

Ticket sales

Advance sales at the ticket desk of the CCCB and from Ticketea

Where to find us

C/ Montalegre 5, 08001 Barcelona
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Tel. 93 306 41 00 Fax 93 306 41 01

Metro: lines 1, 2 and 3 (Catalunya and Universitat) FGC and RENFE
Bus routes: 7, 9, 14, 16, 17, 24, 38, 41, 50, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 64, 66, 67, 68, 91, 120, 141, L94, L95, Tombús, Aerobús
Car parks: Plaça Castella, Carrer dels Àngels, Plaça Catalunya