film screening: "La tarara"

01/12/2023 - 03/12/2023
This film is a children's game and also the diary of a summer, a gift between friends, a love letter, a family portrait, a song, a wink of reality. Shot during the summer of 2021 in Seville, the film is not a closed work, but a process that continues to this day, like an eternal look, evoking the personal, the intimate, like a song of the soul. Synopsis: A look at the homely, at the dynamics of the home, at the improvised and unexpected that resides in the everyday.

film screening: "Society of the Snow"

In 1972, a Uruguayan flight crashes in the remote heart of the Andes, forcing survivors to become each other's best hope.

film screening: "Zurbarán and his twelve sons"

This documentary recounts the history and significance of Jacob and his twelve sons, a series of thirteen paintings completed by Francisco de Zurbarán in Seville around the year 1640. They may have been intended for the New World, although nothing is known of them until they were acquired in an auction by London merchant James Mendez seventy years later. In a compelling gesture, they were acquired by Bishop of Durham Richard Trevor in 1756, when debate around a bill on the emancipation of British Jewry was raging. He hung them in his dining room in Auckland Castle, where they remain to this day. Now, thanks to the initiative of a financier from that area, Jacob and his twelve sons have become a driver of regeneration in a community in the north of England.

While renovation works were being completed in their home at Auckland Castle, the paintings were exhibited in the Meadows Museum in Dallas, The Frick Collection in New York and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. This film tracks their international travels, with contributions by known experts on Spanish painting as well as those behind an ambitious project using art as a tool for social transformation.

Arantxa Aguirre holds a PhD in Spanish Literature and has published Buñuel, lector de Galdós (Pérez Galdós Award 2003) and 34 actores hablan de su oficio, a sequel to her documentary Hécuba, which was nominated for a Goya Award in 2007. She has worked as assistant director with Mario Camus, Basilio Martín Patino, Pedro Almodóvar and Carlos Saura, among others. Her documentary films include the award-winning El esfuerzo y el ánimo (2009), American Swan in Paris (2011) and Dancing Beethoven (2016, nominated for the Goya, Forqué and Platino Awards), all commercially released in several countries. She was made a member of the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 2020.

film screening: "Un Varón (A male)"

Carlos lives in a boarding school in the center of Bogotá, a kind of refuge where the harshness and troubles of life are mitigated. Carlos longs to spend Christmas with his mother and sister, immersed in circles of urban violence. Upon leaving the boarding school, Carlos confronts the rigor of the streets of his neighborhood, where the law of the strongest, the most masculine prevails. He will have to choose between following these codes of masculinity or trusting his deep nature.

film screening: "El Greco, pintor de lo invisible"

This documentary places El Greco in his historical context as the creator of a new artistic language. Building on his experience as an icon painter, his great achievement was to translate religious mysteries into images that spoke to the people of the 16th and 17th centuries, portraying mystical visions in a way that was recognised even then as innovative. The documentary explains the keys of El Greco's work and how he developed such a personal style, which was to have an enormous influence on modern painting from 1860 onwards.

In a fascinating journey through space and time, viewers will follow the artist from his native Crete, where he painted small devotional images, via his crucial stays in Venice and Rome, where he rubbed shoulders with the masters of the Italian Renaissance, to his definitive home of Toledo in Spain, where he would create enormous altarpieces in churches and convents. His uniquely personal synthesis of Eastern and Western painting techniques produced one of the most original styles in the history of European art.

Miguel Ángel Trujillo was awarded a degree in Cinematography in 1972 by Madrid's Official School of Cinematography (EOC). Since then, he has produced, shot and directed films, documentaries and commercials.

film screening: "Patinir, la invención del paisaje"

Joachim Patinir, who worked in Antwerp between 1515 and 1524, was the first European artist to specialise in painting landscapes. His surprising works reflect a curiosity for the natural world, very characteristic of the Renaissance, while evoking the idea of a transcendent universe. This documentary addresses the enigma of a painter about whom little is known, yet who revolutionised the art market and the very concept of painting in the early 16th century.

Miguel Ángel Trujillo was awarded a degree in Cinematography in 1972 by Madrid's Official School of Cinematography (EOC). Since then, he has produced, shot and directed films, documentaries and commercials.