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24 January 2020: Carles Santos Short Films


"It is impossible to assign the work of Carles Santos (1940-2017) to one discipline, as he is a versatile artist like few others. He was a trained pianist and has not only composed and interpreted musical pieces and theatre plays, but has also directed and starred in several experimental films since the late sixties, where he researched the role of music and sound in the perception of a film from the viewers perspective. During the seventies, Santos composed pieces of music for many of Pere Portabella’s first short films, again experimenting with the concept of soundtracks and what they represent, elaborating a discourse that was not just a mere support for the images that were on screen." – Mostra de València, Cinema del Mediterrani

We're thrilled to host a very special evening with Tom Wheatley, presenting three newly restored films by Carles Santos – screening for the first time outside of Spain – alongside three collaborations between Santos and Pere Portabella.

L'Àpat, Carles Santos, 1967, 27'22 min
L'espectador, Carles Santos, 1967, 6'45 min
Preludi De Chopin, Opus 28, Núm. 7, Carles Santos, 1969, 20'45 min
Play Back, Pere Portabella, 1970, 8 min
Acció Santos, Pere Portabella, 1973, 12 min
Visac El Piano!, Pere Portabella, 2006, 12 min

Total runtime: ca 90 min

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.

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