Galego | Castellano | English

Opening times: 11 to 20 h
Free entry
Closed on Monday

Follow us on:
Facebook Twitter Youtube Instagram rss

28 October 2015 – 11 May 2016


Not only has the arrival of the twenty-first century not led to the ‘death of cinema’ for the umpteenth time, but it has marked the start of the last (for now) of its many lives. A new era of exciting transformations, not only technological (digital cinema, 3D, Internet distribution...) but also geographical (emergence of Asia, Latin America or Eastern Europe), of changes in the actual status of images (digital image versus film image) or in their unstoppable expansion to other screens (computers or portable devices, but also museums and art galleries).

This course offers a broad look at the changing world of image and film of the last two decades—in which cinema also celebrated its hundredth anniversary—and its aesthetic, narrative, technological or political transformations. And it does so without losing sight of its history or its references: from classic film to modern times, including the New Hollywood of the seventies or experimental film; and without dismissing a broader conception of the motion picture, incorporating TV series, video art, video clips or the Internet as comparable forms (or media) in the contemporary iconosphere. It aims to offer the broadest and most entertaining perspective possible by combining cross-topic sessions with other monographic sessions dedicated to prominent filmmakers (Abbas Kiarostami, David Lynch, Wong Kar-wai, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Michael Mann, Takeshi Kitano or David Fincher) and in all of these the use of scene projections and the analysis of films representative of the vibrant transformations of these two decades will be vital.

Wednesday from 7.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

28th October. The Origin of the Centuries: A (Possible) Introduction to Two Tumultuous Decades
4th November. The Inner Path: Fight Club and the Romantic Legacy
11th November. Lost Roads of the Mind: The Puzzle-Films of David Lynch
18th November. (Neo-)Realism: Abbas Kiarostami and the Iranian New Wave
25th November. Narrative Deflations: Towards Minimal Film of Silence and Loneliness
9th December. Asia I. Takeshi Kitano and Naomi Kawase: Writings of Emptiness
16th December. From the Silver Halide to the Pixel: The Digital Path of Contemporary Film
13th January. Record Everything! New Screens, New Narratives
20th January. Faceless Eyes: The Vanishing of the Actor’s Body in Contemporary Film
27th January. Forms of Non-Fiction: From Documentary Film to Essay-Film
3rd February. Film within Film (and Television within Television)
10th February. Images of Absence, Absence of Images: Film and Holocaust
17th February. Asia II. Hou Hsiao-hsien and Wong Kar-wai: Forms of Melancholy
24th February. Film and Museum: Two Sides of Contemporary Image
2nd March. Steve McQueen and the Chasms of the Body
16th March. It’s a COPY and it’s RIGHT: Re-Appropiations and Remixes
30th March. USA XXI: The US Generation of the Turn of the Century
6th April. From Dusk to Dawn: The Contemporary Western
13th April. Centaurs in the City: Michael Mann and the Neo-Thriller
20th April. ‘Everything’s on the Line’: The Wire and TV Series
27th April. Goodbye to Canned Laughter: TV Comedy Opens Up to Reality
11th May. Animated Fantasies Past and Present: Rrom Max Fleischer to Jan Svankmajer
25th May. When the Director (of Videoclips) Was the Star: Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry and Chris Cunningham 

José Manuel López (Vigo, 1974) has a degree in Advertising and Public Relations and a Ph.D. candidate in Communication at the University of Santiago. In 2004 he founded the online film magazine Tren de Sombras and he is currently on the editorial board of the magazine Caimán Cuadernos de Cine (formerly known as Cahiers du cinéma. España). In 2011 and 2012 he worked as a dialogist in the fourth and fifth seasons of Matalobos, the series that the production company Voz Audiovisual developed for Televisión de Galicia. He has collaborated since 2012 with the MARCO of Vigo and since 2014 with the CGAC of Santiago as a lecturer of film courses and has participated in seminars and delivered lectures in different parts of Spain. In 2008 he published the book Naomi Kawase. El cine en el umbral for Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival. He has also participated in collective works, such as La Risa Oblicua. Tangentes, paralelismos e intersecciones entre documental y humor (Documenta Madrid), Elegías íntimas. El cine visto por los cineastas (Documenta Madrid), Un extraño entre nosotros. Las aventuras y utopías de José Luis Borau (Extremadura Film Archive) or Paul Schrader. El cineasta frente a los tiempos (Seminci. Valladolid Film Festival). He collaborates in other specialised magazines, such as Secuencias, Transit, Blogs&Docs or Nosferatu, and with DVD publishers like Intermedio or Cameo.


DIRECTION: José Manuel López

COORDINATION: Virginia Villar

TARGET: Teachers, students and everyone interested in the proposed topic.

SEATS: 250

REGISTRATION: The registration period will be open from 24th September to 28th October 2015. Those interested can register by sending an email to in which they should indicate their full name, studies, area of work or interest, email address and contact phone number. Once the application is accepted, those enrolled will be informed about how to make payment.

ENROLMENT: 80 € / Price for members of Cineclube Compostela: 65 €

CERTIFICATION: An application has been made for a college credit for students enrolled in any degree course at the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) and recognition as teacher training (34 hours) by the Regional Ministry of Culture, Education and University Planning.

If they are granted, those interested in obtaining the credit and the course achievement certificate must attend at least 85% of the sessions.

In collaboration with: Cineclube de Compostela and USC

Rúa Valle Inclán, 2
15703 Santiago de Compostela
Ph.: (+34) 981 546 619
Fax: (+34) 981 546 625