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Fundación Telefónica has organised in its Buenos Aires Espacio an experimental cinema season devoted to small productions originally shot in super 8mm film.
Film stocks -- each with its own peculiarities -- afford an endless and specific range of aesthetic possibilities.
This might seem obvious but, in a world fascinated by technological innovation, it becomes necessary to assert it: it is not nostalgia that drives many Argentinean filmmakers to work in the 8mm, super 8, 16mm or 35mm formats but a genuine commitment to the endless search inspired by the seductive visual universe of celluloid.
Buenos Aires is special because there are still labs where you can buy and process super 8mm film stock; this fact, which is the result of a sustained film output, means there is a specific incentive for people who want to experiment with the possibilities of film creation.
This four-day season -- which is named after an unreleased movie by Sergio Subero -- is dedicated precisely to the smaller formats and portrays this reality in a meandering but coherent manner. Four hybrid works, in which the images originally shot in super 8mm are examined by the electronic eye of the video camera, will be screened on the first day. The second day is taken up with three movies that will enjoy multiple screenings, one of which is a never-released new version of a structural-film work that holds an essential place in the history of
Argentinean experimental filmmaking: Come out. The season continues next day with a collective programme that is bookended by two works from two crucial directors on the contemporary Argentinean scene. The last day is entirely devoted to Pablo Marín's noteworthy output.
Dates: Friday, 27 Apr, and 4, 11 and 18 May
Venue: Espacio Fundación Telefónica, 1540 Arenales St
Programming: Andrés Denegri