Clandesti: Forbidden Catalan Cinema Under Franco

From: Sarah Reynolds (email suppressed)
Date: Wed May 06 2009 - 06:19:59 PDT

Lincoln Center
May 8-12, 2009

Hit the Streets with a selfless band of independent filmmakers that exposed
Franco¹s dangerous regime, uncovered the nation¹s lingering wounds, and
altered the course of Spanish history. CLANDESTI: FORBIDDEN CATALAN CINEMA
UNDER FRANCO focuses on a generation of independent filmmakers whose innate
unwillingness to conform forced them to produce, distribute, and exhibit
radical clandestine films in Catalonia, with the furtive hope of sending
them into the rest of Franco¹s Spain.

Shooting under the pretense of amateur filmmaking, they hid within crowds of
protesters, producing works that were often highly creative and
experimental. They used short ends‹bits of unexposed footage left over from
shoots‹made available to them by sympathetic professionals and distributed
their films in recreation centers, private homes, cinema clubs,
universities, social and cultural associations, and even parochial schools.

 These films are so forbidden that for most of them, this is the first
screening in the U.S.

EL SOPAR by Pere Portabella

This series includes a free screening of Crònica D¹una Mirada and panel
discussion with the filmmakers at NYU¹s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center
on Saturday, May 9, 3:00 p.m., followed by a reception.

CLANDESTÍ is part of Catalan Days, a citywide cultural program devoted to
Catalan culture and artists.

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Organized by The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Pragda, curated by Marta
Sánchez and Manuel Barrios. With the support of the Institut Ramon Llull.
Collaboration for the exhibition comes from Filmoteca de Catalunya and the
Embassy of Spain, Washington, DC. Special thanks to NYU¹s King Juan Carlos I
of Spain Center, Món diplomatic/ Unesco Andorra and TV3 - Televisió de
Catalunya. Film prints courtesy of Filmoteca de Catalunya, TV3 - Televisió
de Catalunya, Institut del Cinema Català ICC and the filmmakers.

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