Film Archive

A Mythology of Pleasure

Documentary Film
Germany,
Spain
2017
6 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Lara Rodríguez Cruz, Jule Katinka Cramer, Ute Dilger (KHM – Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln)
Lara Rodríguez Cruz
Lennart Saathoff
Jule Katinka Cramer
Arturo Peña
Lara Rodríguez Cruz, Jule Katinka Cramer
Paul Große-Schönepauck
Really, there used to be a lot more action back then! And even more before that. And at the beginning of time? One dares not imagine what was happening then. Filmmaker Lara Rodríguez Cruz and her camerawoman and co-writer Jule Katinka Cramer have imagined it anyway, and done so in the brightest colours and finest words. It’s a matter of speculation whether our Lord Almighty, had he known how much fun his heathen ancestors had at work, would have been just a tiny bit envious.

Ralph Eue
Retrospective 2018
BiBiCi Story Carlos Durán

Eight lessons in a language course, including: various forms of political oppression, sexual freedom, Vietnam and a cinephiliac homage.

BiBiCi Story

Documentary Film
Spain
1969
8 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Carlos Durán
Ricardo Bofill
Eight lessons in a language course, including: various forms of political oppression, sexual freedom, Vietnam and a cinephiliac homage.

Ralph Eue
Strictly Animated 2018
Decorado Alberto Vázquez

Arnold occasionally wonders whether the world he lives in is really real and whether his life is really his. What if the world is just a stage setting?

Decorado

Animated Film
France,
Spain
2016
12 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Iván Miñambres, Nicolas Schmerkin
Alberto Vázquez
Víctor García
Khris Cembe, Pamela Poltronieri, Roc Espinet
David Rodríguez
Arnold occasionally wonders whether the world he lives in is really real and whether his life is really his. But in this pitch-black comedy, no one but Arnold seems to notice that existence is played out in episodes, infiltrated by product placement and interrupted by cliff hangers. What if the world is just a stage setting?

Duscha Kistler
International Programme 2018
Good Morning Spain Sara Pisos, Carlos Reyes, Irati Cano Alkain, María Barceló

The choreographed glorification of the past by a group of former Foreign Legionnaires in Catalonia who neatly dig their own hole with their talk.

Good Morning Spain

Documentary Film
Spain
2017
29 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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UAB - Master's Degree in Theory and Practice of Creative Documentary Making
Sara Pisos, Carlos Reyes, Irati Cano Alkain, María Barceló
Sara Pisos, Carlos Reyes, María Barceló
Diana Toucedo
Irati Cano Alkain
A group of former Spanish Foreign Legionnaires meet every week in a Barcelona suburb to parade and exercise and remember the good old days. In view of this excessive display of pride and patriotism the film crew concentrate on a few clear issues, small gestures and nuances – thus revealing much about the protagonists’ nostalgia for a heroic yesterday, much preferred to the unpleasantly complex and diverse today.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann

Las del diente

Animated Film
Spain,
USA
2018
6 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Ana Pérez López
Ana Pérez López
Paola Escobar
Ana Pérez López
Ana Pérez López
Ana Pérez López
Ana Pérez López
Laura Sofia Pérez
Nowadays, wanting to have children is tricky. Do I want children? And if so, when? Reproductive medicine even allows us to choose the “right” time. Have a career first and postpone the decision, thanks to social freezing? Three women over thirty ponder the female body and find warm words for their uterus, accompanied by Flamenco music – the pulse of life.

Annina Wettstein

Ojo Guareña

Documentary Film
Belgium,
Spain
2018
55 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Andrea Cinel
Edurne Rubio
Charo Calvo
Edurne Rubio, Sergi Gras, Alvaro Alonso de Armiño
Jan De Coster
Edurne Rubio
Hugo Fernandez, David Elchardus
There is a giant cave system with impressive subterranean rock galleries, lakes and crawls in Cantabria in northern Spain. Edurne Rubio responds to this place in truly cinematographic, sensual dimensions. She relies on the voices of the speleologists she accompanies and the light of their headlamps as she advances curiously into the unknown. In the great and impenetrable darkness she relies on distant dancing dots of light, light cones sliding tentatively over rock formations and the sounds of dripping that give the caves acoustic contours. Delicate, restless threads and pearls of water shine like silver on the walls and form an incredible starry sky deep underground. While Neil Armstrong saw only his own footprints on the moon in 1969, the young speleologists in Ojo Guareña come across 17,000 year old footprints – speleology is a journey through space and time after all. And the branching subterranean spaces also play an important role in their own biographies, the voices of the explorers of the deep report. If eyes (“ojos”) are the windows to the soul, this place revealed the human abyss of Spain’s recent history to them and at the same time offered them a refuge from a repressive life and a place to dream of the future.

André Eckardt
Next Masters Wettbewerb 2018
The Sleeping Land José Bautista, Alfons Rodríguez

This journey with the Trans-Siberian sounds like a concept album, a driving, sometimes raw mixture of sounds and songs, carried by a frozen soil and those who walk on it.

The Sleeping Land

Documentary Film
Spain
2017
64 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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José Bautista, Alfons Rodríguez
José Bautista, Alfons Rodríguez
José Bautista
Alfons Rodríguez
José Bautista
José Bautista, Alfons Rodríguez
José Bautista
This land can be heard before it is seen, approaching by taps and hums, announcing itself in harsh rhythms and tinny sounds. A journey with the Trans-Siberian Railway, a distance of 10,000 kilometres, is also a musical one. The passengers meet singing women who dream of living in Manhattan, sharing their secrets with Demi Moore and acting in a Tarkovsky film. They meet a guitar player with a mouth full of gold teeth who believes that he sees a light behind his feverish delirium. The images are colourless but very close, faces are there to be explored, colours and patterns of the iris, lips, teeth, the texture of skin. What is the meaning of calm? Everybody has a different answer to this question. At the same time the film itself refuses to calm down, does not permit itself any rest. It doesn’t rush either but rather surrenders to a groove that takes it from city to city where it meets the local artists, musicians and failures. “The Sleeping Land” is a jam session taking us through a frozen but far from paralysed Russia.

Carolin Weidner