Feminism, Black Power, the myths and the night are the protagonists of FILMADRID 2018

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  • In its 4th edition, FILMADRID will have four retrospectives: three of them focused on film directors and one on the concept of night in film. 
  • The retrospectives of this year’s edition will be “Endless Nights”, with the night as the drive shaft of the festival; Tonino de Bernardi, the Italian genius; Raquel Chalfi, an unknown myth of feminism; and Khalik Allah, a contemporary revolutionary of Black cinema. 
  • Almost all of the films to be projected in the three retrospectives dedicated to filmmakers have never been shown in Spain.

 Madrid, April 20th, 2018FILMADRID, International Film Festival, is gradually unfolding its programme just over a month and a half before the festival. Now reveals the contents of its Focuses section: renowned to filmmakers of great international relevance whose films remain practically unknown in Madrid.

Retrospectives:  “Endless Nights”, Tonino de Bernardi, Raquel Chalfi, and Khalik Allah.

  • “Endless Nights”: all the colours of darkness

The night, a place of shadows but also of inspiration, is one of the spotlights, the main theme of Filmadrid 4th edition. The whole festival will revolve around this concept, reaching its highpoint with “Endless Nights”, a retrospective devoted to films whose action takes place over a single night.

Together with well-known authors such as Claire Denis or Werner Schroeter and revolutionaries such as the Japanese Koji Wakamatsu and the Italian Monica Stambrini (whose works remain unreleased in Spain), the series will analyse different representations of the night, shaping it as a space of transformation and liberation.

The retrospective will begin with the German film Die Strasse (Karl Grüne, 1923), whose screening will have live music.

For the first time in its four years of life, Filmadrid proposes a thematic series open to all times and nationalities. “Endless Nights” is conducted in collaboration with Cine Estudio (Círculo de Bellas Artes). 

  • Tonino de Bernardi: the persistence of the myth

Considered as a master by Jonas Mekas and Pedro Costa, Tonino de Bernardi (Chivaso, 1937), is a myth of the Italian filmmaking, a unique example of brilliance and independence. His films have been starred by key figures of European cinema, such as Isabelle Huppert, Inês and María de Medeiros, or Lou Castel.

His career starts at the end of the 1960s, in the context of underground cinema, with milestone works such as Il vaso etrusco (1967). The reinterpretation of Greek myths is an essential topic of his filmography, as shown in Elettra (1987), Médée Miracle (2007) –with Isabelle Huppert, who recreates Medea’s role– and Ifigenia in Aulide (2018), his most recent work, whose premiere in Spain will take place in Filmadrid 2018. Female presences remain always in the middle of his works and serve as well as a reflection from the changes of our world and from the unchangeable values.

This will be the first time Tonino de Bernardi’s films will be seen in Spain. The retrospective is carried out in collaboration with Filmoteca Española.

  • Raquel Chalfi: for a dreamlike feminism

An unusual figure of feminism in the 1980s, Raquel Chalfi (Tel Aviv) remains as one of the most fascinating and unknown figures of Middle Eastern cinema.

Famous in Israel for her poetic work, Chalfi started filming in the 1970s, embracing the avant-garde of that time and focusing on the complexities of female identity and the freeing of those chains, often using a forceful dreamlike tone.

In her most recent work, The Hidden Fountain (2018), the film director pays tribute to her mother, the sculptor Miriam Chalfi.

This retrospective of Chalfi’s work –totally unknown in Spain– is carried out in collaboration with La Casa Encendida. 

  • Khalik Allah: Black Power of the 21th century

With his first feature-length film, Field Niggas (2015), New Yorker Khalik Allah (born in 1985) revolutionized African-American cinema, capturing an unusual portrait of Harlem’s people and their crude existence. The film takes its title from a legendary speech by Malcolm X, taking up the spirit of Black Power from contemporary sensibilities. A photographer before filmmaker, Allah composes sublime images that at the same time reflect an extreme suffering, that of the black American community, forgotten by politicians and harassed by the police.

In his new feature film, Black Mother (2018), which will be premiered in Filmadrid in Spain, the director travels to Jamaica to create another polyphonic portrait, this time exploring his roots and the immortality of the mother figure. His approach, in which the poetic rawness of photography is mixed with a hypnotic rhythm and a purely cinematographic sonority, brings us closer to a world between dream and reality. 

The festival’s directors have valued the novelties of the programme: “We are very happy to announce such a heterogeneous group of retrospectives, whose protagonists have a work that is so relevant in today’s society. Besides, we’re excited that the night is the main theme of this year’s festival.” 

About FILMADRID 2018

The 2018 edition of FILMADRID will be held between 7 and 16 June in Madrid. For the moment, the organization has announced the ‘FILMADRID Seminar’, given by Nicole Brenez (the first time by this lecturer in Film Studies at La Sorbonne and programmer at the Cinémathèque Française in Madrid, more information here: https://goo.gl/forms/WAtxqHh6JawvklTG3.

Nicole Brenez’s seminar is an activity organized by Pasajes de Cine, GECA and the Universidad Complutense, with the support of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) thanks to its Program for the Internationalization of Spanish Culture (PICE) in the form of Visitors, Caimán Cuadernos de Cine and the French Institute.

Eugène Green’s course, devoted to actors and directors, has also been announced (more information here: https://goo.gl/forms/WAtxqHh6JawvklTG3 ).

This workshop is organized by Pasajes de Cine and ECAM with the support of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) thanks to its Program for the Internationalization of Spanish Culture (PICE) in the form of Visitors, and Caimán Cuadernos de Cine.

The rest of the news will be announced soon. 


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FILMADRID, Madrid International Film Festival promoted by the Pasajes de Cine Cultural Association. This is a space to bring film culture closer to the public of the capital, which will also serve to feed film-making in the city. It is an annual festival of vocation held in June.