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25 January 2020: Los Golfos

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Los Golfos
Carlos Saura, 1959, 71 min
Spanish with English subtitles

Produced by Pere Portabella. "By all rights, Saura's first film, The Hooligans [AKA The Delinquents], should have been the manifesto and spearhead of a "Spanish New Wave"; the scandal of Viridiana, however, and the film's "preordained" (through government meddling) box office failure quickly put an end to the aspirations of an emerging generation of film school-trained directors. Following the exploits of a teenage gang who plan a burglary of a large factory in order to finance the bullfighting career of a friend, Saura creates a hard-edged look at a rapidly modernizing Spain as seen from the bottom up. Much of the camerawork is hand-held, giving the film a striking, almost visceral kind of immediacy." – Richard Peña


Part of the Liberated Film Club's retrospective on Pere Portabella

"A Worm’s Tail View is Often the True One: Films by Pere Portabella", curated and produced by the Liberated Film Club, is the most complete, ambitious and creative survey of the radical Catalan filmmaker Portabella's work ever to have taken place. Close-Up is proud to act as headquarters and locus for this London-wide survey, taking place over four months at venues including ICA, Whitechapel Gallery, Cafe Oto and the University of Cambridge.

With thanks to the kind support of Institut Ramon Llull and Films 59.

More info: purge.xxx/portabella


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