We celebrate the third edition of EXIT, a space to give impetus, visibility and exit paths to non-fiction projects produced in Catalonia. It will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at SGAE Catalunya. The selected projects are: Utkane by Alexander Cabeza Trigg and Maria Oblicka, Los materiales sensibles (Sensitive Materials) by Alberto Van den Eynde, La persistència (Persistence) by Núria Campabadal, Strana by Diana Mizrahi and La frontera más corta del mundo (The Shortest Border in the World) by Román Cadafalch. The session will be moderated by Margot Mecca. Language of the session: Spanish.
It will be divided into the following parts:
- First part 9:00 – 10:45. Presentation of Utkane and Los materiales sensibles. 10:45 – 11:15. coffee break 11:15 – 13:30. Presentation of La persistència, Strana and The Shortest Border in the World. Open to the public with registration. Write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Second part. 15:15 – 17:00. “One to one” sessions of those selected with the committee of experts in individual meetings. Other people interested in setting up a “one to one”, contact the festival.
Authors: Alexander Cabeza Trigg and Maria Oblicka
Synopsis: This film brings us closer to the 97-year-old Polish textile artist Krystyna-Wojtyna Drouet and her daily life in a small studio in Warsaw where she has been working for more than 60 years. Her hands caress the threads of the loom and intertwine with verses of her poetry, travel photos, recipes for natural dyes and war stories. Revealing a sensorial and poetic portrait recorded in 16mm that shows us a free and versatile artist who always claimed textiles as art.
About the authors: Alexander Cabeza Trigg. Filmmaker and anthropologist from Barcelona. Graduated in Social and Cultural Anthropology (University of Barcelona), completed a master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague. In his work he tries to combine the reflective and participatory qualities of anthropology with the freedom and ambiguity that characterize a more experimental approach. The result is a shared documentary practice rooted in the local context and which gives importance to the voices of the participants in the creative process. His work has been screened at DocLisboa, Festival dei Popoli, Punto de Vista, l’Alternativa and CCCB.
Maria Oblicka. Sculptor, filmmaker and designer from Warsaw who currently resides in Barcelona. She works at the intersection between sculpture, installation, sound art and cinema. She holds a degree in Design and Visual Communication and a Masters in Sculpture, both from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In her work, she explores themes such as oppression, acoustic justice and hydrofeminism. She has exhibited at Bauhaus-Dessau, the Zachęta National Gallery, the KV gallery in Leipzig, the Jazdów gardens in Warsaw, Hangar and the Salto gallery in Lisbon, among other places. She is co-founder of the Warsaw permaculture gardening collective and the Krzak cultural space, as well as the sustainable linen brand ŁYKO.
Author: Alberto Van den Eynde
Synopsis: Los materiales sensibles is a linear film / installation / film performance project that seeks to re-signify an archive of films of the director’s family through the reading of a pulp science fiction story. A family film from the fifties bursts from the screen. Four brothers play on the beach and their mother sees them from afar. They defy the waves in a small inflatable boat that ends up overturning them, while the celluloid shows dust and scratches from the years that have passed. A voice then begins to read a science fiction story: Alan, a private detective from the big city, goes to the doctor’s due to vibrations he feels in his head, accompanied by memory loss.
About the author: Filmmaker and editor. Graduated in Audiovisual Communication from the Madrid Complutense University, studied a Masters in Production and Distribution EPAC/ECIB – Mallerich, awarded as winner of the Production Award in FILMADRID for his short film (The Only Year That I Remember, 2006). He has studied several courses in LAV (Laboratorio AudioVisual) with sessions given by Ross Lowder, Johann Lurf, Carolina Astudillo, Laida Lertxundi or Andrés Duque. His proposals are linked to experimental cinema and first-person documentaries, with a special interest in the filming of everyday life and the captivating nature of home video. His work has been screened at international festivals in Spain, the United States, Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay.
Author: Núria Campabadal
Synopsis: Iñaki is a historic neighborhood activist who has been running ‘El Lokal’ for thirty-five years – a store selling books, clothing, records and libertarian and countercultural material in the heart of Barcelona’s Chinatown. Now Iñaki has turned sixty-five and must start thinking about retirement. Before this, he wants to ensure the continuity of his project, both financial and personal. Through him and his struggles to keep the shop running, we learn about the struggles of the neighborhood and its protagonists, as well as the history of Barcelona’s social movements of the last decades.
About the author: She has developed almost her entire professional career in the field of editing. As an editor, she has participated in Alcaldesa (Pau Faus, 2016, Best Documentary at the Málaga Festival and the Gaudí Awards), Dimanche à Brazzaville (Best Documentary Miradas.doc and audience award Docs Barcelona) and Ciutat Morta (Best Documentary at the Malaga Film Festival). She has also edited several documentaries and television programmes such as Salvados or Lo de Évole. As a director, she directed documentaries and pieces for foundations and associations and was part of the collective film 200km (Colectivo Discussion 14, 2003) about the struggle of Sintel workers (programmed at the San Sebastian Festival and Cinéma du Réel).
Author: Diana Mizrahi
Synopsis: The family legend tells that Lucia Antonutti, the director’s great-grandmother, before emigrating to Argentina in the early 1930s, tried to assassinate Mussolini. An imaginative exercise from the place of origin, which aims to overcome time and distance, giving rise to the reconstruction of the details of the day when a rural woman raising four children, could have changed the future of her family and the course of the history of the 20th century. Playing to exhaust the possible motivations that led Lucia to wield a shotgun, the search ends up revealing a different need: that of solving the question of one’s own identity, marked in the filmmaker’s case by the continuous migratory movements of her ancestors and by those possibilities that will remain in the inkwell of History.
About the author: She studied journalism at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, specializing in photography at the Institute of Photographic Studies of Catalonia and at the Barcelona Film School. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Cinema and Audiovisual Studies from the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). She has held photography workshops for refugees in Thessaloniki and for Diverscat en Acció (College of Journalists), also conducting research on the media’s treatment of cultural diversity and migration. She has been part of films such as Laberint (Clàudia Mirambell, 2019), Les Perseides (Alberto Dexeus, Ànnia Gabarró, 2019), Después de la Bandera and À Procura da Estrella (Carlos Martínez-Peñalver, 2018 and 2023). Strana is her first feature film.
Author: Román Cadafalch
Synopsis: On the isthmus of sand that forms the shortest border in the world, there is a blue rope that no one can cross. This line separates Spain from Morocco, Europe from Africa. While around thirty soldiers in rotation guard the Spanish rock of Vélez de la Gomera, the inhabitants of the neighbouring town of Badis, a small fishing village in the Moroccan Rif, follow their daily routine in harmony with the cycles of nature. With the arrival in Badis of a Spanish filmmaker who, despite his nationality, cannot enter the rock, members of four generations of the town explore the vestiges of the Spanish colonization of their territory.
About the author: Having graduated in Fine Arts at the University of the Arts London, he focuses part of his work on video art and photography, with an always firm interest in reality and the documentary image. In 2020 he premiered his first feature-length documentary, Pan Seco, co-directed with filmmaker Cadhla Kennedy, which circulated in several national and international festivals and theatres. In 2022 he premiered the short documentary film Verbo y Carne, an experimental work developed in collaboration with the Spanish-Brazilian musician Dudu Bongo. The same year he gained a Master’s in Creation Documentary Scholarship from the Pompeu Fabra University to pursue the homonymous master’s degree where he worked on the development of his second documentary feature film, The Shortest Frontier in the World.
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