Thursday, February 27, 2020, 7:30 pm

Pocket-Size Cinema in Spain: Experiments in Super-8

presented by curator Elena Duque


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San Francisco, CA 94103

Una Película en Color (2019) by Bruno Delgado Ramo
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Founded in 2010, the intimate [S8] Mostra Internacional de Cinema Periférico has, over the past decade, emerged as an absolutely essential film festival and vital node in the world-wide artist-film community. Exemplary in its global scope and commitment to fostering international community, [S8]—presented annually in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain—offers an inspiring mix of solo artist programs, historical retrospectives and curated programs that resonate around the world. Visiting on a short west-coast tour, [S8] programmer (and filmmaker) Elena Duque appears in person to present a program of contemporary and historic films made in Super-8mm by Spanish filmmakers.

 As a light, intimate, cheap and flexible format, Super-8 has been a friendly tool to experimental cinema. In Spain, it was the “underground of the underground,” a way of imagining new strange worlds during the dictatorship and in its aftermath, when creativity was not welcome. Today, Super-8 is more alive than ever, thanks to a new generation that has seen the endless potential of the photochemical format, ignoring the doomsayers that say that film is dead. This program presents a loose and subjective genealogy of the use of this small format in Spain. Featuring formal experimentation and a recurring theme of spirituality, these films transcend the traditions of diary and personal filmmaking, presenting the claustrophobic hallucinations, utopian humor and more.

This program is presented in association with the Consulate General of Spain in San Francisco.


Sevilla Tenía Que Ser (1979) by Juan Sebastián Bollaín
A Mal Gam A (1976) by Iván Zulueta
Película Sudorosa (2009) by David Domingo
Bionte (2015) by Lucía Vilela
Trópico Desvaído (2016) by Valentina Alvarado
Una Película en Color (2019) by Bruno Delgado Ramo


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