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18 October 2017 - 23 May 2018


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

The Bodies of Film is set out as a reflection on the figure and its relationship with spaces in the audiovisual medium. Under this pretext and over 23 sessions, we will analyse how the body transits in different cinematographic contexts, either from a perspective of gender (comedy, musical, drama, western...), of filmmakers (Jacques, Tati, Michelangelo Antonioni, Béla Tarr, Leos Carax...) or of narratives and different spaces (wandering characters, the city, the road, adolescence, dystopian places...).

‘No one has yet determined what the body can do,’ wrote Spinoza in Ethics (1677) and his intuition is still valid in our contemporary world. And the liberation and potentiality of that body (what moves it) and its affections (what moves it emotionally) are also key issues in the (kin)ethics of cinema, the art of movement, time and light.

The cinematic corpus is nourished by an endless supply of bodies (fictional, documentary, animated or virtual) that walk, jump, run, fly, play, talk, sing, dance, laugh, scream, sleep, wait, look, touch, love, hit, are born and die. Through them, film continues to wonderwhat the body can do while exploring its own potential, that of moving images and sounds.

Filmmakers like Stanley Donen, Michelangelo Antonioni, Béla Tarr, Leos Carax, Kelly Reichardt, David Cronenberg, Monte Hellman, Louis Malle or John Hughes; and performers (some who are also filmmakers) like Jacques Tati, Jerry Lewis, Takeshi Kitano, Dennis Lavant, Buster Keaton, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrel, Louis C.K., Gene Kelly, Buster Keaton, Zhang Ziyi or Daft Punk, among many others, will guide us on this course that aims to sketch a brief itinerary through movement, transit and transformation in film.

From the gag to the introspection of a certain Eastern cinema, from the musical to the action or martial arts cinema, from the martial precision of the wrestler to the playful innocence of the clown, from the carnality of the actor to the nostalgia of the flesh of the cyborg, from teenage comedy to the tragicomedy of maturity, from urban wandering to the mystique of the open spaces in the western or the road movie... Because multiple paths are possible through a visual art of movement in film, but in the centre of the shot, always, the gravity of a body in transit and the lightness of its affections.

The course The Bodies of Film is an activity scheduled and organised jointly by the CGAC and Cineclube de Compostela.



18th October. Perpetuum mobile: nomadic drive or a yearning for infinity
25th October. Walks around the city of film
8th November Playtime! (or It's so difficult being Jacques Tati!)
15th November. Cosmopolis: journey to the end of the night
22nd November. Buster Keaton, the perfect machine
29th November. Mae West, an impertinent body in Hollywood
13th December. Denis Lavant, the senseless sculpture
20th December. Smells Like Teen Spirit: rites of passage in teenage comedy
10th January. Louie (Louis C.K. or the tenderness of sorrow)
17th January. Jerry Lewis (or the melancholy of the clown)
24th January. The body as an autobiography: The Jason Bourne trilogy
31st January. Figures in a landscape I: the desert and the wandering cowboy
7th February. The dusty roads of Abbas Kiarostami
21st February. Infinite point of escape: Two-Lane Blacktop (Monte Hellman, 1971) and Vanishing Point (Richard C. Sarafian, 1971)
7th March. The end of the road: the road/walk movies of Kelly Reichardt
21st March. Posthuman bodies: Electroma (Daft Punk, 2006) and Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013)
4th April. The Grandmaster: Wong Kar-wai and martial arts cinema
11th April. Documentary bodies: political satire, imitation and caricature
18th April. Melancholic walkers of the end of the world
25th April. (Non) musical cinema: dance as a form of emancipation
9th May. Figures in a landscape II: Panoptic power and fleeing bodies
16th May. Always in transit, Takeshi Kitano
23rd May. Where the wild things are: longed for territories of childhood


José Manuel López (Vigo, 1974). A film critic and lecturer in film with a degree in Advertising, he is a lecturer in Audiovisual Script at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Communication in Pontevedra (University of Vigo) and since 2012 he teaches film courses at MARCO in Vigo and at CGAC. He is currently writing his thesis “El último lugar. Errancia y vagabundeo en el cine contemporáneo” ("The last place. Vagrancy and wandering in contemporary film”).

In addition to collaborating in several specialised film magazines, in 2004 he founded the online film magazine Tren de sombras and has been on the editorial board of Caimán Cuadernos de Cine (previously known as Cahiers du Cinéma. Spain) since 2007.

In 2008 he coordinated the book Naomi Kawase. El cine en el umbral for Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival and he has participated in various collective books, such as La risa oblicua: tangentes, paralelismos e intersecciones entre documental y humor, Elegías íntimas: el cine visto por los cineastas, Un extraño entre nosotros: las aventuras y utopías de José Luis Borau, Las edades de Apu: estudios sobre la trilogía de Satyajit Ray or Paul Schrader: el cineasta frente a los tiempos.

He participated as a dialogue writer in the fourth and fifth seasons of the TV series Matalobos, broadcast by TVG, and he has given talks, seminars or conferences at centres across Spain, including Escuela Lens and Master LAV in Madrid, Fundación Luis Seoane and CGAI in A Coruña, Seminci, Malaga Spanish Film Festival, Centro de las Artes de Sevilla or Faculty of Communication and Casa das Campás in Pontevedra.


DIRECTION: José Manuel López

COORDINATION: Virginia Villar

TARGET: Teachers, students and anyone interested in film.


REGISTRATION: The registration period will be open from the 6th September to the 17th October 2017. Those interested can register by sending an e-mail to with their full name, ID number, qualifications, area of work or interest, email address and a contact phone number. Once the application has been accepted, those registered will be informed about how to make payment. 

REGISTRATION: Ordinary registration: 80 € / Cineclube de Compostela Members: 65 €

CERTIFICATION The CGAC will issue a certificate of attendance to all those who attend at least 75% of the sessions.

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