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Cinema and video sessions, inside the programme "ABATON"

18:30 h
Venue: Blueproject Foundation
Princesa, 57
08003 Barcelona
Price: Free event
Screening

The Blueproject Foundation presents the following cinema and video sessions within Abaton, a programme on imaginary places that Il Salotto will host from May 4 to June 7, 2018.

Check the complete programme of Abaton.

NOTHING REAL, EVERYTHING IMAGINARY. THE DAY OF GLORY OF RAYMOND ROUSSEL
DOCUMENTARY FILM SESSION WITH ENRICHETTA CARDINALE AND JOAN BOFILL
→ SUNDAY 20.05.2018 – 6:30PM

If there is an imaginary place that inspired surrealist painters, masters of imaginary places on the canvas, and other creators linked to historical avant-gardes such as Marcel Duchamp, authors and artists from other fields and disciplines, from philosophy to literature passing through music, this place is the place of the French writer Raymond Roussel (1877-1933). The documentary “Le Jour de Gloire”, narrated by the actor Jordi Mollà, reconstructs a hidden episode of twentieth century culture in a visual, literary, musical and plastic journey that gives life to the Roussel enigma without revealing it, leaving intact the fascination that arouses it. Through interviews with several artists who were inspired by Roussel, such as the writer Enrique Vila-Matas and the painter Miquel Barceló, the director Joan Bofill reconstructs the legacy of a cursed and unknown writer until the mid-fifties. As much for the uniqueness of its narrative universe as for the methodology it devised, based on an artistic work that does not need to contain anything real since everything is imaginary, it is not strange that Roussel had little fame in life and that the reception of his works was almost totally negative, in the same way that it is logical that it became a very popular character in the circles of surrealist and avant-garde artists.

Raymond Roussel: Le Jour de Gloire by Joan Bofill, 2016 (69min, Spanish)

Enrichetta Cardinale is the artistic director and founder of Dart Festival, a documentary film festival about contemporary art. She is also a journalist and consultant in the field of Communication and Public Relations of the art and culture sector. Restless activist, collaborates with events, institutions and communication agencies as press agent, event coordinator and account manager.

Joan Bofill-Amargós (Barcelona, 1982) is a multidisciplinary artist, producer and film director. Bofill discovers the figure and work of Raymond Roussel and starts an investigation of several years that takes him to interview different characters of the world of the art and the European and North American Literature. The result of this research creates and produces a documentary film entitled Raymond Roussel: Le Jour de Gloire (The Day of Glory), completed in 2016. He is an expert in surrealism, especially on Salvador Dalí and pre-surrealist Raymond Roussel. His versatility in the field of creation makes his work encompass other creative disciplines such as painting, sculpture, jewellery, design, as well as advertising.

A HOLE IN THE MIDDLE OF ATLANTIS
ARTISTS’ VIDEOS SESSION BY MARLA JACARILLA
→ SUNDAY 27.05.2018 – 6:30PM

A Hole in the Middle of Atlantis proposes a reflection on the potentiality of fictional and fictitious places as stories triggers, as well as on the human being’s capacity to convert common places into extraordinary ones by transforming them through a simple narration or an exercise of distancing.

New Madrid by Natalia Marín, 2016, (10min06sec, VO)
De urobóros y quimeras by Juan David Galindo 2017 (16min25sec, VO)
In Praise of the Beast by Greta Alfaro, 2009 (14min58sec)
Vientos del oeste/vientos del este by Carlos Vásquez, 2014 (15min46sec, VOSI)
Montaña en sombra by Lois Patiño, 2012 (13min52sec)
Cartografías y falacias de un lugar cualquiera by Marla Jacarilla, 2011 (5min, VO)
Film (Hôtel Wolfers) by Dora García, 2007 (11min30seg, VO)

Marla Jacarilla (Alcoy, Alicante, 1980) has a degree in Fine Arts from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and a master’s degree in Artistic Productions and Research from the University of Barcelona. She is a co-editor in the magazine of film criticism and analysis Contrapicado and has collaborated eventually in artistic, cinematographic and literary publications in other magazines. Her work is characterized and developed through performance, short films, video installations and writing, through which she seeks to develop a fragmented narrative and dotted with fiction that the spectator is invited to recompose.

IN THE LIMITS OF THE REAL
FILM SESSION BY ALBERT ELDUQUE
→ SUNDAY 03.06.2018 – 6:30PM

There are real places that seem imaginary. And imaginary places that end up looking real. The reflection of Isa Campo and Isaki Lacuesta on Google Earth and the horrific portrait Werner Herzog makes of the first Gulf War challenge these distinctions and make us realize the cultural and political relations between imaginary places and that we call reality.

Llocs que no existeixen: Austràlia by Isaki Lacuesta and Isa Campo, 2009 (27min, VO)
Lessons of Darkness by Werner Herzog, 1992 (54 min, VOSE)


Albert Elduque (Barcelona, ​​1986) is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Reading, in the United Kingdom. His research focuses on Brazilian cinema, intermediation and film, the traditions of musical documentary and modern political cinema. He is co-editor of theCinema Comparat/ive Cinema magazine and has written articles and book chapters about filmmakers such as Werner Herzog and Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Sessions de cinema i video, dins del cicle “ABATON”