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Jonathan Rosenbaum will teach a course in Spain for the first time within the 2016 edition of FILMADRID


Press release #FILMADRID 2016
Jonathan Rosenbaum will teach a course in Spain for the first time within the 2016 edition of FILMADRID

  • ● In its second edition, FILMADRID International Film Festival will have the presence of this prestigious American film critic and theorist.
  • ● For the course “Jonathan Rosenbaum’s Personal Journey Through the History of Film”, the critic will analyse classics as well as less-known works.
  • ● This is the first announcement of the program for FILMADRID 2016, which will take place between 2nd and 11th June 2016. The call for entries for its competitions (Official and Avant-garde) is open until the 1st of April.

Madrid, 25th February 2016 - Filmadrid. International Film Festival announces the first confirmation for its 2016 program. It is the widely acknowledged American film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, who will teach a course for the first time in Spain.  His theoretical works, his efforts in promoting international cinema in the United States and his talent as a programmer, have made of Rosenbaum an unavoidable referent in the film scene. The renowned critic develops an intense activity as a professor, giving lectures at the University of Chicago and in FilmFactory Sarajevo, school directed by Béla Tarr.  Rosenbaum is author of fundamental books such as ‘Movie Mutations’ (coordinated with Adrian Martin), Goodbye Cinema, Hello Cinephilia and Essential Cinema, among many others. Also, the former critic for the Chicago Reader is a regular contributor to prestigious film magazines such as Cinema Scope, Film Comment and Caimán. Cuadernos de Cine.

Being 73, he also carries out tasks as a programmer of retrospectives and as a conference lecturer in the most prestigious festivals around the world.

For all this, he is considered one of the most influential voices of the current paradigm, and his website is view as an essential reference for festivals, critics, distributors and cinephiles.

Jonathan RosenbaumDetails on the presence of Rosenbaum in FILMADRID 2016

Rosenbaum will be present throughout the whole festival to teach the course “Personal Journey Through the History of Film”, which will take place at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS). He will analyse classics as well as less-known films.

The course will count with the support of the Programa de Internacionalización de la Cultura Española (PICE) de Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), Museo Reina Sofía, ECAM (Escuela de Cinematografía y del Audiovisual de la Comunidad de Madrid) and the film magazine Caimán Cuadernos de Cine.

Along six days (from 6th to 11th June, from 10:30 to 13:30), everyone interested in the history of cinema will have the chance to be immersed in Rosenbaum’s knowledge and to exchange ideas with him. A course with international focus which will open its call beyond our borders aiming to get a heterogeneous group of students.

The enrolment is open until 31st May. The registration fee is € 150 until 3rd May and € 190 from that day. Places are limited and the participants will receive a certificate of attendance. The course will be taught in English with simultaneous interpretation into Spanish. For more information on the enrolment do not hesitate to write to

FILMADRID 2016: dates and call for entries

The second edition of FILMADRID will take place from 2nd to 11th June 2016. The deadline for entries is 1st April. You can find all the details to send your works at the website of the festival

Nuria Cubas, Fernando Vílchez and Javier H. Estrada, FILMADRID directors and head of programming respectively, declare that “the presence of Rosenbaum in FILMADRID means a major step for the festival. He is a figure that has defined the film culture for the last four decades, an expert on the classics that also has reconfigured the canon by recovering forgotten directors and discovering talents worldwide. We want to pass on his great knowledge to filmmakers, film students and general public, and contribute to promote the analysis and critical spirit in all of them.”

By his part, Jonathan Rosenbaum stated the following: “Not only this is the first time I teach this course in Spain, but also it is the first time I teach a similar course in my life, and I am very grateful for the opportunity.”

For more information, interviews and report proposals, contact:
Henar Ortega - - 678249767

FILMADRID, International Film Festival promoted by Pasajes de Cine, aims at transforming Madrid into a referent point for independent cinema worldwide. It is a space to approach cinematographic culture to the audience of the capital, which serves also to feed cinephilia in the city. It is a festival with annual focus that takes place very year in the first half of June.

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