4-6 June 2014
CINEMA SEASON. CHRIS MARKER: MEMORY OF THE WORLD
If there is a filmmaker who embodies the reflective vocation of modernity, that is Chris Marker (Neuilly-sur-Seine, 1921 - Paris, 2012). From the dialogue between texts of great evocative power and visual arts, Marker conceives image in multiple formats and registers, and forges an aesthetic journey that gravitates to what André Bazin called the ‘essay-film.’
To Marker, images are the only plausible memory of time, and this incites a questioning of objectivity inherent in the documentary genre. Marker manipulates the film from its diegesis, and he breaks the enunciation mechanisms that favour representation and realism to construct a building from an open narrative authority, appealing to the spectator's own experience.
In recent decades, he moved from the atom to the bit, he unabashedly embraced the digital paradigm and explored virtual spaces that took his work to museums; but his poetics remained unchanged: always alert, challenging absolute truths, with that fixation on devising a polysemic story of global culture.
In this fertile semantic field; Marker’s gaze is a path that branches out in multiple directions; which from the present rewrites the past and formulates future scenarios. A maze, an unsolved enigma.
Wednesday, 4th June. Marker between the real and the virtual
8.30 pm Presentation by José Antonio Cascudo and Julio Vilariño
Screening of the film Level Five, by Chris Marker (France, 1997, 110 min). A programmer working on a video game about the Battle of Okinawa turns to Marker to commemorate this ‘insane and deadly episode of World War II, avoided by history and deleted from our collective consciousness.’ Marker believed that ‘memorising the past to not relive it is the illusion of the 20th century.’ Does this idea remain in force in 21st century, with the emergence of the Internet and the constant manipulation to which images are subjected?
Thurday, 5th June. Marker and Lacuesta
8.30 pm Conference by Isaki Lacuesta
9.00 pm Screening of Las variaciones Marker, by Isaki Lacuesta (Spain, 2007, 35 min)
Las variaciones Marker is Isaki Lacuesta’s tribute to the French author in which he aims to reveal his enigmas through a series of visual epistles. The critic Ángel Quintana defines Lacuesta as ‘a 21st century filmmaker, who tests new ways of writing and expresses his views about the world and about image in a broad scope that goes beyond the confines of contemporary art.’ A description that suits Marker down to the ground.
9.40 pm Screening of La Jetée, by Chris Marker (France, 1962, 26 min)
In the strict sense, La Jetée is Marker’s only fictional film, ‘a photo story,’ as you can read in the credits. The fleeting image of a woman that remains etched on the retina forever, the anatomy of a memory, composed solely of frames and voiceover.
Friday, 6th June. Chris Marker: traveller, poet, filmmaker
8.30 pm Screening of Sans Soleil by Chris Marker (France, 1983, 100 min)
‘Chris Marker: traveller, poet, filmmaker,’ that was the inscription printed on his visiting card. Marker had a natural curiosity for things that are different. This curiosity gave him a vast knowledge of human geographies. Sans Soleil is an expression of the sum of these interests and also one of his greatest works from an aesthetic point of view.
José Antonio Cascudo has a degree in History of Art and Audiovisual Communication. He directed the documentary El instante eterno (2014) about the poet Díaz Castro. He currently combines research, screenwriting and film critique. In 2008 he coordinated the season Alexander Sokurov, a voz solitaria do home, also at the CGAC. He published the book of poetry Manual do misántropo (Espiral Maior, 2007) and participated in the collective work A cidade na poesía galega do século XXI (Toxosoutos, 2012).
Julio Vilariño is an audiovisual and performance production technician and has a degree in History of Art from USC, where he studied the Master’s in Technical and Comparative Studies of Literature and Culture. He currently works in the area of Literary Theory at the Faculty of Philology at the same University, where he is doing his doctoral thesis on the digital work of Chris Marker. He has been a member of the Cineclube de Compostela association for over ten years and regularly collaborates with publications like A Cuarta Parede, Novas da Galiza or Praza Pública.
Isaki Lacuesta is a filmmaker. He directed the films Cravan vs Cravan (2002), La leyenda del tiempo (2006), Los condenados (2009), La noche que no acaba (2010), El cuaderno de barro (2011) and Los pasos dobles (2011), for which he received, among others, the following prizes: Sant Jordi (2002), Ciutat de Barcelona (2011), Concha de Oro at the San Sebastián International Film Festival (2011), the Goya for the best documentary (2010) or the National Film Award from the Generalitat de Catalunya (2012). He combines film with teaching at the Pompeu Fabra University and the Autonomous University of Barcelona and collaborates in various media outlets writing articles about film, music and literature.
TARGET AUDIENCE: The season is aimed at anyone interested in film and the proposed topic; in particular, professionals and students of Fine Arts, Art History, Film History, Humanities, Communication Sciences, Audiovisual Communication, Philosophy and Sociology.
ENROLMENT AND PLACES: Attendance is free of charge subject to available seats. To obtain the certificate of attendance you will need to register and participate in at least 75% of sessions.
REGISTRATION: Those interested can register via the CGAC website, by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us on 981 546 602. In any case, they must indicate their full name, qualifications, area of work or interest, an email address and a contact number.
DIRECTION: José Antonio Cascudo
COORDINATION: Virginia Villar