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14 December 2019: Silence Before Bach

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We're delighted to be joined by poet and writer Irene Solà who will introduce two films by Pere Portabella: Poetes Catalan and Die Stille Vor Bach.

Poetes Catalans
Pere Portabella, 1970, 26 min

The 1st Popular Festival of Catalan Poetry, filmed in Proce Theater in Barcelona on May 25 in 1970, in sol- idarity with political prisoners: the participating poets were Agustí Bartra, Joan Oliver (Pere IV), Salvador Espriu, Joan Brossa, Francesc Vallverdú and Gabriel Gerrater.

Die Stille Vor Bach
Pere Portabella, 2007, 100 min

Investigating the profound relationship between image and music, where the latter is not conceived as subsidiary, but as a subject of narration in its own right.


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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