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26 January 2020: Tren de sombras


Tren de sombras
José Luis Guerín, 1997, 88 min
French & Spanish with English subtitles

Produced by Pere Portabella. "In this meditative, beautiful film, Guerín pays tribute to another artist, Gérard Fleury, an amateur filmmaker who disappeared in 1930 while scouting a location for a silent film. Home movies, re-creations, and present-day visits to key locations are intertwined and scenes are repeated and restaged, blurring fiction and nonfiction and questioning our ability to judge what is authentic. Fragile and decaying images reveal one view of Normandy, including provocative glimpses into intimate family life; contemporary images suggest another, populated by anonymous people. Underlying the film is the compulsion to salvage a lost and threatened past, a conviction that resonates with the films of Fleury, with cinema in the broadest sense, and with Catalan history." – Kathy Geritz

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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