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LUIS OSPINA SESSION

A session of short films about the Colombian filmmaker Luis Ospina (1949 – 2019), a reference in documentary film and a central figure of the so-called “Cali Group” or “Caliwood”, a cultural movement that developed, during the convulsive 70s and 80s, a relevant cinematographic legacy in Latin America. Ospina, author of historic short films such as Agarrando pueblo, an investigator of cinéma vérité, pseudo-documentaries, social criticism and humour, was a free filmmaker who lived on the fringes of all canonical currents, both cinematographic and political. His main militancy and inspiration for understanding the world was his hometown, Cali.

Place: Filmoteca de Catalunya
Date: 26/2, with discussion, at 16:30 and 1/3 at 19:30.
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The session on Saturday 26th February will be accompanied by a post-screening discussion. It will focus on Luis Ospina and his cultural and cinematographic legacy. It will last one hour. It will be given by the researcher, teacher and programmer María Luna and the filmmaker, producer and teacher Jorge Caballero.
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Director: Carlos Mayolo, Luis Ospina
Country: Colombia
Year of production: 1971
Duration: 26′
Language: Spanish

Synopsis: Portrait of the city of Cali and its inhabitants during the celebration of the 1971 Pan American Games, a source of contrasts between the cost of the event and the modest local daily life. The short film observes and questions, capturing the vital breath from the suburbs to the stadiums, from social control to popular joy.

Director: Carlos Mayolo, Luis Ospina
Country: Colombia
Year of production: 1978
Duration: 27′
Language: Spanish

Synopsis: A seminal film in the history of documentary filmmaking. Filmmakers wander around Cali to portray the untransformable poverty of the city and its inhabitants. Rooted in cinéma vérité (and “cinéma mentiré”), this short film gave birth to the term “Pornomisery” a concept that is still very much alive today.

Photography of the shooting @ Eduardo Carvajal

Director: Elías Siminiani
Country: Colombia, España
Year of production: 2021
Duration: 30′
Language: Spanish

Synopsis: Essay, multimedia story, film of the future and also of the past, The Stillness Syndrome is based on cinematographic complicity with the filmmaker Luis Ospina. The approach to his legacy opens a framework for understanding Colombia and its history, adding the opinions of presidential candidates and writers, trying to find out a mysterious Stillness Syndrome in a very hectic country.

DISCUSSION ABOUT LUIS OSPINA

The session on Saturday 26th February will be accompanied by a post-screening discussion. It will focus on Luis Ospina and his cultural and cinematographic legacy. It will be given by:

  • María Luna, teacher at TecnoCampus and UPF, PhD at UAB with the thesis Mapping heterotopias, documentales colombianos de conflicto armado. Co-coordinator of the network HoMER History of moviegoing exhibition and reception and the network’s documentary line NECS (European network for cinema and media studies) and active member of Alados Colombia. Co-author of the book Territorio y memoria sin fronteras: nuevas estrategias para pensar lo real (2021) and artistic director of MIDBO (Muestra Internacional Documental de Bogota).
  • Jorge Caballero, teacher at UPF, BAU and UAB Documentary Master’s Degree, holds a degree in Audiovisual Communication and Master in Interactive Media. Co-founder of Gusano Films (Barcelona – Bogota), has directed and produced films, immersive and interactive projects, awarded and exhibited worldwide. Among the most recent ones, Del otro lado (Iván Guarnizo), Síndrome de los quietos (Elías Siminiani) or Robin Bank (Anna Giralt). Two-time winner of the Colombian National Documentary Award with the documentaries Bagatela (2008) y Nacer (2012).
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