Sunday, April 26, 2015

Franco's Settlers wins its third award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRANCO'S SETTLERS has won the Public Award at the FESTIVAL DU CINÉMA LATINO AMÉRICAIN DE MONTRÉAL 2015. 

Le FESTIVAL DU CINÉMA LATINO-AMÉRICAIN DE MONTRÉAL a remis jeudi soir le PRIX DU PUBLIC au film ayant obtenu la meilleure appréciation des spectateurs parmi les douze films à l’affiche au Cinéma du Parc du 10 au 23 avril.
 

Le film gagnant est LOS COLONOS DEL CAUDILLO, qui était en première nord-américaine. Ce documentaire espagnol sur les années du dictateur Franco et son influence sur la société espagnole encore aujourd’hui a été coproduit et réalisé avec l’Allemagne, par Lucia Palacios et Dietmar Post. Il reviendra à l’affiche à Montréal à l’automne, en programmation régulière avec sous-titres français et anglais.
 

Roland Smith, le directeur et programmateur du festival a déclaré : "Le festival s’adresse à tous les Montréalais ; pour sa 6e année, il a connu un succès sans précédent en nombre de spectateurs. Cette année, le festival a désigné le comédien et cinéaste bien connu Luis Oliva comme porte-parole. Nous remercions tout spécialement les recherchistes et journalistes, particulièrement ceux des communautés culturelles. Nous apprécions aussi la participation active des Consulats de chacun des pays participants qui ont fait connaître la programmation du festival à leurs ressortissants ce qui leur a ainsi permis de garder contact avec leurs pays d’origine. Fait exceptionnel, ce festival a été réalisé sans commanditaire ni aide gouvernementale.".
 

L’an prochain, le festival a bien l’intention de souligner son 7e ANNIVERSAIRE en invitant encore plus de réalisateurs et en organisant des rencontres avec le public et le milieu professionnel. En 2016, le festival aura lieu du 8 au 21 avril.


Página web oficial de la película 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Cloven Hoofed: Interview with director Dietmar Post

Dietmar Post's cloven hoofed
by Chris Lee
Appeared in WaterfrontWeek, April 8, 1999 / © 1999 Chris Lee/WaterfrontWeek

Dietmar Post laughs when asked to describe cloven hoofed in as few words as possible. "We tried to write a synopsis two years ago and we absolutely failed," he says, offering only that his 12-minute film -- which was shot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, nearly two years ago and shown in the 1999 New York Underground Film Festival -- is essentially a "horror movie." 
Based on a play by Post's friend Michael O'Donnell, cloven hoofed opens with a man named Ray (actor Victor Pagan) sharpening a knife. But comparisons to traditional or derivative horror along the lines of Freddy Krueger end there. Ray's world is a dark, claustrophobic and minimalistic space comprised of a space heater and a cage containing a cardboard box with a round hole in it. It is to this box that Ray spits his anger, a raw and desperate monologue that, combined with the film's milieu and the uncompromising camera work of director of photography Claudia Amber, simply pulses with danger. 
A crack addict, Ray is a contemporary bogeyman on the outer fringes of society -- and his ravings, though reflective of his status and pain, make little sense but are fascinating nonetheless. "I'm not a biter," he says while agonizing over his girlfriend, who has left him and stolen his drugs. "I may be an animal, but I'm not her animal...not hers to nuzzle!" Multiply this by 12 minutes (other dialogue includes, "My teeth won't stop, they won't stop! I'm going to tear myself apart!") and throw in sharp objects and very extreme close-ups of withdrawal, and there's no doubt that this is insane, scary stuff. 
"The only thing we had in the beginning was this text," Post says of the play cloven hoofed is adapted from. "Visually there were a lot of things missing." One addition was the mysterious box within the cage. Post says that most people seem to think that Ray is talking to a rat hiding inside. 
"There's a lot of free room for interpretation," he says. "Someone actually wrote that [the film] was about a guy talking to a dead rat." And while no actual rats appear in cloven hoofed, Post recalls there having been rats on the set. 
"When we called people in for auditions, our first question was 'Would you be willing to kill a rat?'" says Post, adding that many of the applicants didn't stick around to answer. "But then we decided that we would not kill any rats. We decided to take all the gore out of the movie because it was corny. And I think it's much more subtle and plays more with the viewer's imagination, whereas before it would have been just another stupid gore movie." 
The German-born Post now prefers to let viewers decide what, if anything, is in the box. "I think it's too easy to say, 'Alright, it's a rat or whatever.'" Shopping pet stores for the perfect cage also made Post aware of the American fascination with pets -- even the possibility of pet rats. "Since I'm from Europe, I don't get it," he says with a laugh. "People talk to pets and plants in this country!"
The squalor and desperation of Ray's world was also present in reality during the on-location shooting of cloven hoofed in May 1997. "It was shot in one of those empty warehouses right by the river, on North 11th Street," says Post, who adds that the building has since been demolished. "We shot without a permit and just went in. It was, for us, a bigger production, with 25 or 30 people on the set and a generator and lights. We took a big risk. A couple of bums lived there and we provided them with food and booze and they even helped us. But it was kind of scary. We were shooting at night and a lot of weird people would stop by, asking, 'What are you doing in here?'" 
Justifiably proud of the end result, Post has had some difficulty in getting cloven hoofed shown and distributed. While the film has been part of numerous international festivals, the monologue's coarse, oftentimes cruel language and the inclusion of a sexually-explicit superimposition have caused some viewers and festival programmers to label cloven hoofed misogynist. Post, however, claims otherwise, and believes that the female character -- adult film producer Kelly Webb, shown only from the waist down -- and the drug-crazed anti-hero played by Pagan actually care for one another (perhaps in that funky, tumultuous my-baby-left-me/stole-my-crack-pipe kind of way). 
"We wanted to make fun of this guy, of his speech in a way, and [how] a lot of men just reduce women to a 'box,'" says Post. "I think that [Ray] is kind of 'swallowed' by this woman, that she's his obsession, and that's why his head becomes smaller and smaller and he eventually disappears. We found it funny, but very few people laughed. We also didn't want to make it too clear, because if it's too obvious, it's boring." 
Post met most of the cloven hoofed crew while attending a three-month, intensive film program at New York University's School of Continuing Education in 1996. Most of that same crew will be on hand for Eight Minutes, the next film from director Post and his Williamsburg-based play loud! productions. He says that Eight Minutes deals with censorship and sexuality in American society.
"I think a lot of people are still afraid of images and words, so there's actually no freedom of speech, no freedom of using images the way you like to use them," says Post. "As an artist you are always pushed into all of these formats -- the movie has to be 90 minutes long, if it's shorter or longer it's not considered a movie, all these horrible concepts. And if you shoot a movie which is different, you are always considered an 'artist,' and I don't know what that means." 
Post sees very little difference between most independent and Hollywood studio films. "A lot of movies always have a message to deliver and they always have a sort of conservative message -- find the right girl, get married, raise kids. You see, there are a lot of contradictions in myself and I want to transmit these contradictions in the films I do, because there's never a clear answer to things."

Watch first the trailer and if you like you can watch the entire movie:







Monday, December 15, 2014

Wolf Otto Pfeiffer über Die Siedler Francos

FILMGEIST unterstützt Massnahmen zum europaweiten Vertrieb des Films DIE SIEDLER FRANCOS von Lucia Palacios und Dietmar Post 

(Produktion: play loud! productions, Berlin)

Begründung: In der Darstellung eines kleinen Ausschnitts der europäischen Welt, in der Fokussierung auf einen winzigen geographischen Fleck, öffnet der Film den Blick des Zuschauers für die zentrale Fragestellung der europäischen Geschichte seit der Französischen Revolution: den Widerstreit der Freiheit und ihrer autoritären Gegner. Durch seine dem Erzählzweck angemessene und konsequent gehandhabte objektivierende Erzählweise, die sich an keiner Stelle weder zu Manipulation noch zu Pathos hinreissen lässt, wird der Film selbst zum Postulat der Freiheit. Der Zuschauer wird zur entscheidenden Instanz. Der Zuschauer soll es sein, der die Geschehnisse bewertet. Der Zuschauer darf erkennen, dass er es ist, der als europäischer Mensch das Schicksal des künftigen Europa in seinen Händen hält.

TRADUCCIÓN AL ESPAÑOL:

FILMGEIST apoya medidas para la distribución europea de la película Los Colonos del Caudillo:

"La película, centrándose en un pequeño punto geográfico dentro de Europa, abre la mirada del espectador a una cuestión esencial dentro de la historia europea desde la Revolución Francesa: el antagonismo entre los defensores de la libertad y sus opositores autoritarios. A través de una narrativa adecuadamente objetiva, que nunca cae en la trampa de la manipulación o el patetismo, la película en sí se convierte en un postulado de la libertad y el espectador en una instancia decisiva que evalúa los acontecimientos y a quien se le da la oportunidad de reconocer que es él quien como ciudadano europeo tiene en sus manos el destino de la futura Europa."

ENGLISH VERSION:

FILMGEIST supports the European wide distribution of the film FRANCO'S SETTLERS by Lucia Palacios & Dietmar Post.

Synopsis:  An account of a small sector of the European world, focusing on a small geographical spot, the film is an eye-opener addressing the essential question within the European history since the French Revolution: the antagonism between freedom and its authoritarian enemies. Through its narrative structure, consequently, the film effectively usees objective storytelling, which never falls into the trap of manipulation or pathos and the film itself becomes a postulate for freedom. The spectator turns into the decisive authority. It is the spectator who evaluates the events. The spectator is enabled to recognize that it is he who as a European citizen holds in his hands the destiny of the future Europe.

FILMGEIST supports the European distribution of the film FRANCO'S SETTLERS by Lucia Palacios & Dietmar Post.

Reason: By focusing on a small geographical area, the film deals with a fundamental question for European history since the French Revolution: the antagonism between freedom and its authoritarian enemies. Through appropriate and objective storytelling, the film avoids falling into the traps of manipulation or pity and, in doing so, the film itself becomes a postulate for freedom. The viewer is left as the decisive authority in evaluating the events, having been enabled to recognise that it is they as European citizens who hold the destiny of the future Europe in their hands.


NEW PLAY LOUD! FILM "FRANCO'S SETTLERS"
http://www.playloud.org/francossettlers.html
https://www.facebook.com/loscolonosdelcaudillo

CENSORSHIP AT FESTIVAL IN VALLADOLID
http://blogplayloud.blogspot.de/2013/10/ambiguo-estreno-espanol-de-un.html

READ MORE REVIEWS
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Watch what Felipe González, Emilio Silva y Carlos Castresana think about the film and Franco's heritage in Spain
http://www.playloud.org/archiveandstore/en/live-word-series/172-shadows-of-the-past-film-streaming.html 


Monday, December 1, 2014

Debate en la UNED sobre Los Colonos del Caudillo

La película Los Colonos del Caudillo provoca muchas preguntas. Aquí se puede ver un debate que se hizo después de una proyección en la UNED. 

Participaron José Antonio Olmeda Gómez, decano Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociología, UNED, Ramón Cotarelo García, catedrático de Ciencias Políticas, UNED, Jesús de Andrés Sánz Profesor Titular Departamento de Ciencia Política y de la Administración, UNED, Cristóbal Gómez Benito profesor Departamento Sociología II, UNED, Dietmar Post, cineasta.

Ver todo el debate en el canal de la UNED


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Jordi Guixé sobre Los Colonos del Caudillo


Los Colonos del Caudillo, 17/11/2014
Dentro del ciclo: Solidaritat, cinema i memòria de la Fundació Solidaritat de la Universitat de Barcelona i de l’Observatori Europeu de Memòries.
Franco nos lo dio todo
“Franco hizo cosas malas, pero también hizo buenas”. “Esto forma parte de nuestra historia y no se puede –y no se debe– borrar”. “Después de todo este tiempo no vale la pena removerlo”. Frases como éstas se escuchan en el documental Los colonos del Caudillo, proyectado el pasado día 17 en una Aula Magna de la Universidad de Barcelona llena de gente de edades distintas (cosa a destacar). Frases como éstas se escuchan en el documental, pero no son difíciles de oír en la calle, en el bar, en las tertulias, etc. "En el acto organizado por el Observatorio Europeo de Memorias con motivo de la semana del 20N, uno de los dos directores del galardonado documental, el alemán Dietmar Post (el otro es Lucía Palacios), declaró que en el pueblo manchego donde se había rodado, Llanos del Caudillo, dos tercios del público asistente se levantó de su silla y se fue al finalizar el film. No quisieron participar en el debate posterior, no quisieron hablar públicamente al respecto, no quisieron responder a las cuestiones implícitas que sugiere el documental."
Lo que preocupa no son tanto las impagables declaraciones registradas de franquistas hasta la médula como el exministro José Utrera Molina (reclamado ahora por la justicia argentina), o incluso los peligrosos falangistas que quedan retratados homenajeando a Franco por las calles de Madrid… lo que preocupa es que en este pequeño pueblo creado por Franco en 1955, Llanos del Caudillo, doce de trece niños de su escuela pública crean que el pueblo debe mantener su nombre en agradecimiento al dictador y porque la mayoría de sus habitantes así lo quiere. En la mesa redonda posterior a la proyección, el historiador Javier Tébar decía que la memoria era la víctima y que el arma era la impunidad. Mientras el director del Observatorio, el también historiador Jordi Guixé, destacaba el papel que están adquiriendo directores y realizadores extranjeros para denunciar esta realidad, Josep Sancho, alcalde de Poblenou del Delta (Montsià), explicaba al auditorio las dificultades por las que pasaron en 2003 –sólo 11 años atrás– para poder cambiar el nombre de su municipio (antes llamado Villafranco del Delta).
Da igual que el documental demuestre el engaño con el que se fundó el pueblo (se les prometió la casa y una parcela de tierra a cambio de entregar más de la mitad de la cosecha al Instituto Nacional de Colonización). Es indiferente que se expliquen las miserables condiciones en las que vivieron sus habitantes o como la dictadura se aprovechó de su trabajo. Tanto da que muchos colonos muriesen sin llegar a ver las escrituras de la propiedad que se les prometió (y que no han sido entregadas hasta hace poco). Da igual que desde la Transición el pueblo haya sido gobernado por ayuntamientos progresistas. Para la mayoría de habitantes de Llanos del Caudillo, Franco hizo cosas malas pero también hizo de buenas.

Y aquí una lista de los pases que tendrán lugar en Diciembre:

5 Dic, 2014 - Ludwigsburg - Filmakademie (seminario con el director Dietmar Post de 10 a 16:30 horas)
10 Dic, 2014 - Palma de Mallorca - CineCiutat (con posterior mesa redonda. Invitados y hora por confirmar)
19 Dic, 2014 - Festival Internacional de Cine de Ponferrada (a las 20 horas, en el Centro Cultural Río Selmo, con la presencia de Lucía Palacios y Dietmar Post)
Dic, 2014 - Universidad de Valladolid - Facultad de Filosofía y Letras (día y hora por confirmar. Con la presencia de Lucía Palacios)
Dic, 2014 - Festival Internacional de Cine de La Habana (día y hora por confirmar)

Página web oficial de la película 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Dr. Ulrich Spies über Die Siedler Francos

Dr. Ulrich Spies über den Film Die Siedler Francos:

"Ich habe den Film in der Zwischenzeit gesehen und bin sehr angetan. Eine vorzügliche Kamera - insbesondere bei den Außenaufnahmen - und gut inszenierte Interviews. Bester politisch-zeitgeschichtlicher Unterricht, ideal geeignet für eine interessierte jüngere Generation."
(Dr. Spies war 32 Jahre lang Leiter des Adolf-Grimme-Preises)




















Film anschauen und finanziell unterstützen


Weitere Aufführungen:
5. Dezember 2014 - Ludwigsburg - Filmakademie (öffentliches Seminar mit Dietmar Post von 10 bis 16:30 Uhr)
10. Dezember 2014 - Palma de Mallorca - CineCiutat (mit einem anschließenden runden Tisch)
19. Dezember 2014 - Festival Internacional de Cine de Ponferrada (um 20 Uhr im Centro Cultural Río Selmo, mit den Filmemachern Lucía Palacios und Dietmar Post)
Dezember 2014 - Universidad de Valladolid - Facultad de Filosofía y Letras (mit Lucía Palacios)
Dezember 2014 - Festival Internacional de Cine de La Habana

Weitere Termine und offizielle Filmseite

Bitte kontaktieren Sie die Filmemacher, wenn Sie eine Aufführung in Ihrer Nähe wünschen: info@playloud.org oder +49 30 2977 9315

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Franco's Settlers wins Best Documentary in New Haven

Franco's Settlers wins Best Documentary at the New England Festival of Ibero American Cinema (NEFIAC). 


Jury Comments: A solid de-construction of a vital period of Spanish history, with an extraordinary usage of archive material and interviews that allow all sides to articulate their views. It is as relevant today as it was eight decades ago.

Comentario del jurado: Una de-construcción sólida de un periodo vital de la historia española con un uso extraordinario de material de archivo y entrevistas que dejan articular todos los puntos de vista. Es tan relevante hoy como lo fue hace ocho décadas.

La la directora del festival, Margherita Tortora,  mandó el siguiente mensaje:
The festival director Margherita Tortora sent the following message: 

¡Al público le ENCANTÓ!  Todos salieron del auditorio encantados, encantados ---- haciendo comentarios, algunos españoles hasta llorando.
Para nosotros, que somos una universidad en una ciudad chiquita, fue una asistencia excelente ---- ¡más de 100 personas!
¡Os felicito y os agradezco de todo corazón vuestra gran participación en el festival!


The audience was overwhelmed! People left the theater enchanted, just enchanted ---- making comments, some Spaniards even crying.
For us, being a university in a small town, it was a huge attendance with more than 100 people! I congratulate you and appreciate with all my heart your great participation at the festival.

Please visit the official film website for more information and future screenings:
Franco's Settlers Official Site in English
Página oficial de Los Colonos del Caudillo en español
 

It is the second award for the film. The first was given by the Catalan film market Medimed.
Medimed DocsMarket:

FRANCO´S SETTLERS by Lucía Palacios & Dietmar Post (Play Loud, Germany) received the Special Mention of the V Ahmed Attia Award for the Dialogue of Culture´s Jury for its strong committment towards Spain´s recent History.







Sergi Doladé, director of the MEDIMED DocsMarket in Sitges, expresses why this historic film is a relevant contribution:

“Last night I watched Franco’s Settlers and I have to congratulate you on a rigorous and emotional film, not only because of the story but also because of how this story is told. In Spain this revision of history never has been made and like someone states in the movie “maybe it is already too late”. Even if some people might think that, I believe it is never too late to revise history. It is you as filmmakers who do it from the ground up, from life itself, from reality. What happens here is that this place called Spain we as people keep ignoring what really occurred. And that is the best achievement of the film how you unveil this ignorance, an ignorance we Spaniards have fully accepted and take for granted. You unveil the big truth! Spanish public TV has to broadcast this film so that people know about it. And the film should be nominated for a GOYA (Spain’s Oscar).”