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).”


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

LOS COLONOS DEL CAUDILLO SIGUE DE VIAJE

LOS COLONOS DEL CAUDILLO SIGUE DE VIAJE











La película podrá verse por primera vez mañana 22 de Octubre en EEUU, concretamente en la Yale University, como parte del programa del New England Festival of Iberoamerican Cinema. Para más detalles pincha aquí.

La siguiente cita en Alemania será el 11 de Noviembre en la Bonner Kinemathek, con la presencia de Dietmar Post.  Bonner Kinemathek

Y los próximos pases en España son estos:

17 Nov, 2014 - Universidad de Barcelona  -
(a las 18:30 horas en el Aula Magna del Edificio Histórico de la UB, con posterior mesa redonda en la que participarán Jordi Guixé, director de l’Observario Europeo de Memorias; Xavier López, director de la Fundació Solidaritat UB, y algún miembro del equipo de gobierno de la UB y de Dietmar Post). Entrada gratuita.

19 Nov, 2014 - UNED - Madrid
(a las 11 horas en el salón de actos de la Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociología de la UNED, Calle Obispo Trejo s/n, con la presencia del sociólogo y profesor de la UNED Cristóbal Gómez Benito y de Dietmar Post) Entrada gratuita.

20 Nov, 2014 - Santiago de Compostela - Festival Cineuropa (con la presencia de Dietmar Post. Lugar y hora por confirmar)

05 Dic, 2014 - Ludwigsburg - Filmakademie, seminario con el director Dietmar Post a partir de las 10 horas hasta las 16:30.

10 Dic, 2014 - Palma de Mallorca - CineCiutat (con la presencia de Lucía Palacios y Dietmar Post. 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)

Dec, 2014 - La Habana (Cuba) - La Habana International Film Festival


PROYECCIONES PASADAS
28 de octubre, 2012 – Berlín (presentación de un rough cut con debate posterior con Carlos Castresana, Emilio Silva y Felipe González: Debate
25 de octubre, 2013 - Valladolid - estreno mundial en la Seminci
7 de diciembre 2013 - Tübingen (Alemania) - Festival de Cine Español
4 de abril, 2014 - Buenos Aires (Argentina) - Festival BAFICI
5 de abril, 2014 - Buenos Aires (Argentina) - Universidad de Buenos Aires
6 de abril, 2014 - Buenos Aires (Argentina) - Festival BAFICI
8 de abril, 2014 - Tucumán (Argentina)
9 de abril, 2014 - Córdoba (Argentina)
12 de abril, 2014 - Llanos del Caudillo (inicio del cine ambulante)
13 de abril, 2014 - Avilés - Centro Niemeyer
14 de abril, 2014 - San Sebastián - Sala Arrasate
15 de abril, 2014 - Bilbao - Paraninfo-Bizkaia Aretoa
16 de abril, 2014 - Madrid - Cineteca Matadero
17 de abril, 2014 - Madrid - Club de Amigos de la UNESCO
22 de abril, 2014 - Albacete - Cine Capitol
17 de mayo, 2014 - Aineto (Huesca) - Muestra de Cine de Aineto
3 de junio, 2014 - Terrassa - Cicle de cinema republicà de Terrassa
16 de junio, 2014 - Padeborn (Alemania) - Institut für Romanistik
10 de julio, 2014 - La Bisbal, Baix Empordà - Mostra Audiovisual Í-TACA
15 de julio, 2014 - Barcelona - Filmoteca de Catalunya
30 de julio, 2014 - Santander - Librería La Vorágine
Julio, 2014 - Badajoz - Diputación provincial
5 Sept, 2014 - Medias (RUmania) - Festival de Cine Europeo MECEFF
17 Sept, 2014 - Barcelona - Filmoteca de Catalunya
2 Oct, 2014 - Conil de la Frontera, Cádiz (Spain) - Cinemateca-Teatro Municipal

Y no olvidéis que seguimos necesitando ayuda para organizar más proyecciones.

CAMPAÑA DE CROWDFUNDING: AYÚDANOS A HACER POSIBLE LA CONTINUACIÓN DE NUESTRO CINE AMBULANTE
En vista de las dificultades que supone la financiación de la gira hemos decidido organizar una campaña de micromecenazgo, en la ofrecemos el streaming de la película por
un tiempo limitado, además de las excelentes serigrafías del pintor alemán Daniel Richter, las camisetas de la película y otros productos de play loud!
Haga click aquí para más información sobre la campaña http://www.playloud.org/archiveandstore/es/43-crowdfunding

SOBRE LA PELÍCULA
En un lugar de la Mancha en España existe un pueblo cuyo nombre rinde homenaje a su creador, el dictador Francisco Franco. La película Los Colonos del Caudillo, de la internacionalmente galardonada pareja de cineastas Lucía Palacios y Dietmar Post, hace un retrato de esta pequeña población al mismo tiempo que, con la ayuda de un material de archivo en gran parte inédito y de la voz del actor Juan Diego Botto, repasa los hechos históricos desde que Franco llegó al poder hasta la actualidad, poniendo a todo un país ante el espejo, o como Rafael Poch escribe en La Vanguardia: "Los Colonos del Caudillo pone el dedo en la llaga nacional".
Los Colonos del Caudillo ha sido comparada con la obra literaria de Rafael Chirbes (La larga marcha, La caída de Madrid) y con las películas de Claude Lanzmann (Shoa) y de Eberhard Fechner (El Proceso). Como estas obras, la película se diferencia en su estética y contenido del actual cine documental más sensacionalista y efectista, usando una cadencia y un ritmo lentos.
Los Colonos del Caudillo es una película atemporal y a la vez de gran actualidad.
Protagonizada por el expresidente de España Felipe González, el exministro franquista José Utrera-Molina, Cristóbal Gómez, Santiago Sánchez, Juan Aranda, Eugenio Bascuñana, Wenceslao Chamero, Ana Romano y Antonio Rubio, entre otros.

Otros enlaces de interés:
Para más información sobre el cine ambulante pulse aquí http://www.playloud.org/loscolonosdelcaudillo_cineambulante.html
Página oficial de la película en español http://playloud.org/loscolonosdelcaudillo.html
IMDb Prensa http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2071518/externalreviews?ref_=tt_ov_rt
Página de Facebook https://www.facebook.com/loscolonosdelcaudillo
Intento de censura http://blogplayloud.blogspot.de/2013/10/ambiguo-estreno-espanol-de-un.html


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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Franco's Settlers at New England Festival of Ibero American Cinema

Franco's Settlers at New England Festival of Ibero American Cinema on October 22, 2014 at 4 PM 

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PRESS RELEASE
After many difficulties, a serious attempt of censorship at the second largest Spanish International Film Festival in Valladolid (SEMINCI) in 2013, an almost total rejection by the official Spanish movie industry and a very successful film tour through Spain that has attracted more than 3000 viewers in only a few weeks we are very happy to announce the official North-American premiere of Franco's Settlers at the New England Festival of Ibero American Cinema on October 22, 2014 at 4 PM at Whitney Humanities Center (53 Wall Street at the corner of Church Street).

http://nefiac.com/secc/festival/Advance-Program-2014-Ibero-American-Film-Festival.pdf
https://www.facebook.com/nefiac

Filmmakers are available for interviews.
Palacios and Post met at NYU film school. Their movies 'Bowl of Oatmeal', 'Cloven Hoofed', 'Reverend Billy & The Church of Stop Shopping' and 'Monks: The Transatlantic Feedback' were all produced in New York and have been acclaimed world wide at film festivals.

Synopsis (written by the film festival)
Franco's Settlers explores the legacy of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco through the eyes of residents who lived in one of the model villages founded during his time in power. Franco ruled from 1939 to 1975 and, as the film reveals, remains a controversial and influential figure in Spain today. In researching the model villages, filmmakers Palacios and Post uncovered a piece of history that was obscure even to those deeply knowledgable about Franco. The film was handled gingerly in Spain when it screened last year, according to Spanish press reports. Attempts to stop the film from showing in Spain were unsuccessful, but one festival toned down its publicity by removing film posters featuring satirical images of the dictator.


About the film:

Franco’s Settlers is a contemporary evaluation of the figure of the dictator Franco; a discreet and calm attempt to dissect recent Spanish history and to review how some Spaniards deal with the cruel heritage of their past. Contrary to some other films that deal with Spanish history and which usually speak from the victim's perspective, in Franco’s Settlers Palacios and Post succeed in delivering a more complete overall picture of the Spanish dictatorship (1936-1977). Especially remarkable are two things: First the film lets protagonists who openly admire the dictator Franco speak. These subjects in power during those years were high in the fascist hierarchy, from which they still massively benefit. Secondly the film paints a precise picture of what it meant to live under the dictatorship. It is those little stories about harassment and abuse, which reveal an entire system of a corrupt society. Rightly the film has been compared to the literary work by Rafael Chirbes (The Long March, The Fall of Madrid) and the filmic examinations by Claude Lanzmann (Shoa) and Eberhard Fechner (The Trial). As those works did, Franco's Settlers differentiates itself favorably in aesthetic and content from current more sensation ridden and, at times, cheesy films by using a calm rhythm and cadence, which could be described as "discreetly haunting". Therefore the film becomes timeless and simultaneously highly topical.

Reviews:
"Franco's Settlers" is a splendid, beautifully constructed and important film about a vital subject matter, one of the best on the previously unspoken, or hidden, modern history of Spain. I've researched Spain’s post Civil War period myself but Franco's settlements were new to me, as were many stories in the film, and this appalling experiment in social engineering came as a shock. Yet the film is well balanced and, most importantly, allows all sides speak for themselves. The archive footage, much of which not seen for decades, and the numerous contemporary interviews only confirms how heavily Franco’s shadow still hangs over Spain.
This fine and disturbing documentary needs to be seen worldwide, but especially in Spain.
(Bob Flynn, Film Journalist, The Times)

"The film has many similarities with the literary work by Spanish novelist Rafael Chirbes. As the work by Chirbes, 'Franco's Settlers' is an extraordinary piece of art."
(Manuel P. Muñoz, Author of "Perspectivización de la memoria histórica en la narrativa española actual")

"The screening provoked a spontaneous ovation to honor a rigorous and humorous film".
(Enrique Müller, El País)

"Franco's Settlers could be a very important contribution to how Spain deals with its dictatorship".
(Andreas Fanizadeh, Die Tageszeitung)

"Rarely a movie has been so much in sync with its times. Franco's Settlers puts the finger on the sore spot."
(Rafael Poch, La Vanguardia)

"An important movie to better understand the current situation in Spain".
(Walter Haubrich, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

"A documentary that will surprise many people".
(Felipe González, President of Spain 1982-1996)

"An exact x-ray of current Spain".
(Emilio Silva, Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory)

"I invite the filmmakers to Strasbourg to show it to the court as evidence".
(Carlos Castresana, Prosecutor of the Spanish Supreme Court)

"An excellent film and history lesson. Amazing how the film takes us into present day Spain. Very creepy."
(Dominik Wessely, Professor for Documentary Filmmaking)

"A rigorous and emotional film. History told from the ground up. The film has to win the GOYA AWARDS."
(Sergi Doladé, Director of Medimed Film Market)



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NEW PLAY LOUD! FILM "FRANCO'S SETTLERS"
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CENSORSHIP AT FESTIVAL IN VALLADOLID
http://blogplayloud.blogspot.de/2013/10/ambiguo-estreno-espanol-de-un.html

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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