by Iván Zulueta Arrebato 1980, 105 minutes, 35mm. In Spanish with English subtitles.
The series closes with Iv?n Zulueta’s masterpiece, a cult film in Spanish cinema. Zulueta here utilizes many of the techniques he previously developed in such short films as A MAL GAM A, FRANK STEIN, and KINKÓN, bringing together many of his life-long obsessions. A hypnotic, mystical film, open to multiple interpretations, ARREBATO has been unfairly overlooked outside Spain.
Program 5 attempts to identify the essence of cinema – whether by explicitly reflecting on the nature of the medium through meta-cinematographic essays, or by reducing the film to a blank screen – and to explore the relationship between cinema and other art forms (from dance and performance to photography and poetry).
by José Antonio Sistiaga …ere erera baleibu izik subua aruaren… 1968-70, 70 minutes, 35mm.
“...ere erera baleibu izik subua aruaren...”, a set of words without any meaning, forms the title of the first and only feature film in the history of Spanish cinema made entirely by hand-painting directly on celluloid. Created over 17 months, without any figurative elements or soundtrack, the result is an astonishing masterpiece of abstract cinema.
The films in this fantastic program span very different periods in the history of Spanish cinema, but all represent experiments in animation. The techniques utilized are strikingly diverse, including cameraless cinema, stop-motion, collage, and sand-on-glass animation.
This program – which encompasses a selection of pieces shot in Super-8mm, as well as a group of found-footage films – establishes a dialogue between filmmakers from separate generations: those who formed part of the avant-garde film movement in Barcelona, Madrid, and Valencia in the 1970s (led by Eugeni Bonet, Juan Bufill, Manuel Huerga, and Eug?nia Balcells) and those active from the late-90s on.
The opening program includes work by José Val del Omar, visionary filmmaker and inventor; the architect Gabriel Blanco, best known as an animator but represented here with a documentary film portraying the daily chores of a Spanish citizen on a typical Sunday in the suburbs; multidisciplinary artists Benet Rossell and Antoni Miralda; José Luis Guerin, whose feature film, IN THE CITY OF SYLVIA, recently had a theatrical run here at Anthology; and Virginia García del Pino.