Sunday, December 18, 2005

Péter Forgács’ El Perro Negro

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Presented in Association with the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley

Forgács is known for his unique films (Free Fall, “Private Hungary” series) exploring the intersections of public and private history and memory through his astute and sensitive excavation of amateur home movies. This fall his five-screen multimedia installation Danube Exodus is on exhibit at the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley. In conjunction with that exhibit, we present his award-winning brand new El Perro Negro: Stories of the Spanish Civil War. Using the 1930s home movies of a Catalan industrialist and a Madrileño middle-class student, the film evokes the violent chaos and ideological confusion that is inherent to war and questions Manichean oversimplifications of good and evil.(Irina Leimbacher)