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ENTRE DOS AGUAS
When filmmaker Isaki Lacuesta released The Legend of Time in 2006, part-fiction and part-documentary about gypsy brothers Isra and Cheíto, Spain’s daily El País labelled it a ‘miracle’. Fast-forward 12 years, and Between Two Waters finds the impish boys now matured into adult men with pressures, duties, and responsibilities. Having gone their separate ways since childhood, the pair are reunited once more in their hometown, the island of San Fernando. Isra is recently released from jail, desperate to win back his wife and three daughters, and Cheíto, having just finished a long mission with the marines, hungers to settle down with his family. As the brothers’ reunion sparks memories of their father’s violent death, a series of candid, piercing conversations reveals a profound sense of reconciliation, redemption, and fellow-feeling.
An intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her.
Her camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as Waad wrestles with an impossible choice – whether or not to flee the city to protect her daughter’s life, when leaving means abandoning the struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much.
“There simply hasn’t been a film like it before….A guttural cry of despair and an incendiary plea for justice. A fellow critic has already called it, ‘One of the most important films you will ever see in your life’. And I’m inclined to agree” - The Times
Winner Best Documentary SXSW 2019 / Winner Audience Award SXSW 2019
Winner Special Jury Prize Documentary Hot Docs 2019
Winner L'Oeil D'Or Festival de Cannes 2019
Winner Audience Award Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019
Three months ago, young Spaniard Litus was killed in a car accident. Now, for the first time since his death, his brother Toni gathers his friends together to reminisce about old times and find closure from the tragedy. However, Toni brings unexpected news: Litus left a series of mysterious letters of farewell, one for each companion. As hidden secrets and furtive riddles come tumbling out beyond the grave, director Dani de la Orden provides a complex, layered study of the crushing heartbreak, and tender humour, of a group in mourning.
Preceded by the short ALGO EN LO QUE CREER / Something to Believe in
dir. Fany de la Chica, with María Alfonsa Rosso and Manuel Salas | Spain | 2018 | 13 min | cert. PG | In Spanish with English subtitles
Little Alba is about to receive her first Holy Communion in the Catholic Church. Her grandfather is very sick, so she asks Jesus Christ to end his life in peace. However, when he dies the next day, leaving a drug-addict uncle to take care of the children, a concerned Alba fears that she is culpable for his death. An insightful and reflective short from award-winning Andalusian filmmaker Fany de la Chica, now based in Harlem (New York), which won a College Emmy Award in 2019.
Artist Petra arrives at the home of celebrated sculptor Jaume Navarro, ready to begin a creative residency. However, nothing is as it seems in this Catalan countryside. After the death of her mother, she is desperate for answers regarding identity and place, suspecting the boorish Jaume of being the father she never knew. Petra is soon embroiled in a series of intricate, spiralling secrecies, as the lives of Jaume’s wife Marisa, their photographer son Lucas, his housekeeper Teresa, Teresa’s husband Juanjo, and their son Pau forcefully collide in a malicious, absorbing battle of lies, myths, and broken memories. A Greek tragedy Spanish-style, complete with eerie, non-chronological shifts of time, Petra is the sixth feature from art-film director Jaime Rosales, a regular at Cannes for many years.
Followed by a Q&A with Barbara Lennie
Roman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a convict in a rural Nevada prison who struggles to escape his violent past, is required to participate in an "outdoor maintenance" program as part of his state-mandated social rehabilitation. Spotted by a no-nonsense veteran trainer (Bruce Dern) and helped by an outgoing fellow inmate and trick rider (Jason Mitchell), Roman is accepted into the selective wild horse training section of the program, where he finds his own humanity in gentling an especially unbreakable mustang.
MUDAR LA PIEL
Juan Gutiérrez is a negotiator who strove to generate peace between ETA and the Spanish government during the most violent years of Spanish political conflict (1980s-90s). Roberto Flórez is his best friend and confidant – but also a double-crossing spy, who kept him under secret surveillance at all times. This is the first of countless betrayals, discrepancies, and misgivings at play in this captivating, slippery work – a documentary, but with a healthy dose of fiction – featuring intense, candid interviews with both men in turn. Winner of the 2017 MECAS Award at Las Palmas International Film Festival, first-time directors Cristóbal Fernández and Ana Schulz (Juan’s own daughter) create a deeply personal, moving film, exploring the powerful bonds of affection between parent and child, double-agent and mediator, traitor and comrade… and the best of friends.
A screening of works by Tito & Tita and collective member, Gym Lumbera. Often working with formats such as Super 8 and 16mm their films interrogate the possibilities of photographic media and its various histories.
A Q&A with Gym Lumbera led by Dr May Adadol Ingawanij (moving image theorist, historian, curator and Co-Director of CREAM) follows the screening.
Dir. Tito & Tita
2012 | 4' | 16mm transferred to video | colour | sound
Shot on the short-ends of expired 16mm film, this work evokes faded memories and injects lyricism and humour into the archetypal class picture alongside the fleeting sound of waves crashing on a beach.
Dir. Gym Lumbera
2012 | 70' | Super 8 + 16mm + 35mm transferred to HD | B&W | sound
Anak Araw follows a Filipino albino who searches for his identity in an imaginary past. Believing he is of American descent he teaches himself English using a Tagalog-English dictionary. Set in the 1950s, the film integrates original celluloid footage with archive material to create a unique, dreamlike atmosphere in which the filmmaker explores the nature of identity in a postcolonial situation.
Gym Lumbera was born in a quaint town in Batangas, Philippines by a lake that had a volcano right at its heart. Lumbera’s place of birth and the depth with which his connections to it run, threads through all of his films from his early shorts to his last feature, Anak Araw (2012). He is a recipient of the Ani ng Dangal National Award for Cinema 2012 from the President of the Philippines.
Tito & Tita are a film and art collective. Through installation, film, photography and collective actions they explore the spatial, architectural, performative, and cinematic elements of image- making, often working with small-gauge film formats such as Super 8 and 16 mm. Their name Tito & Tita is Tagalog for 'uncle and aunts', suggesting an informal network of artist collaborators. Along with Gym Lumbera the network’s current incarnation includes filmmakers Shireen Seno and Timmy Harn, production designer, Jacyn Esquillon, cinematographer, Jippy Pascua and artist Charles Salazar.
Tito & Tita and Gym Lumbera have featured in various festivals, institutions and artist-run spaces including the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Toronto International Film Festival, Documenta (13), Tate Modern (London), M+ (Hong Kong), MoMA and The Museum of the Moving Image (New York).
This event is part of American Export a programme of projects exploring the ubiquity of American culture via post colonial and transatlantic prisms. Curated by Christina Millare, American Export is developed with support from CREAM at the University of Westminster, Grand Union and Arts Council England.