Film Panic Presents! is a monthly showcase of contemporary underground and experimental films, bringing to Porto a range of unique films, cinematic visions and explorations of bold filmmakers who are challenging and expanding the art of cinema today. These sessions are presented by Film Panic (Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais) in association with Shortcutz Porto, and take place at Auditório Biblioteca Municipal Almeida Garrett, with the support of Câmara Municipal do Porto.
In this session we are delighted to present three programmes of contemporary experimental and underground cinema.
- Merlin The Sorcerer (Dir. Jorge Núñez / 2015 / 33 mins / Spain)
A short experimental film in the form of a home movie created by Merlin the sorcerer, who lives in a cabin in the woods. Dressed in a hooded robe with a long white beard, Merlin spends the day making potions and stews while remembering the young king Arthur. Jorge Núñez is an artist, filmmaker and musician based in Bilbao. Besides his film and performance work, he also runs Pantalla Fantasma, a festival of strange cinema, and is the editor of the film blog Fuerza Vital.
- Short films by Ivan and Igor Buharov (Total running time: 34 mins / Hungary)
A selection of short films by Kornél Szilágyi and Nándor Hevesi, aka Ivan and Igor Buharov, two Hungarian artists whose long and productive collaboration manifests in the creation of experimental films, animations, documentaries, musical projects, performances and exhibitions. For this screening we present five of their short Super8 films which feature a cast of enigmatic characters engaged in a series of surreal games and personal rituals. Set against the backdrop of the Hungarian countryside, the Buharovs have created a mythic world which is equal parts dark and humorous, mysterious and subversive.
- Carcass Programme: Homo Ferox / Corpus Rex (Created by: Jann Clavadetscher, Émmsen Jafari, Michael Higgins, Jason Marsh, Dean Kavanagh, Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain, Atoosa Pour Hosseini & Rouzbeh Rashidi / 2017 / 30 mins / Ireland)
Pieced together like a cinematic Frankenstein’s monsters, Carcass Programme: Homo Ferox / Corpus Rex is an experimental short film that has been created from shots and sequences reworked from films from the archive of the Experimental Film Society, one of the most dynamic and distinctive forces in contemporary alternative cinema. “The Film is dead, long live the Film!”
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