MUJERES | WOMEN IN FILM | ALTERNATIVE VALENTINES

This Valentines forget the romantic comedy, here is your best alternative plan. A programme of short films made by women widening the idea of love. A big big love!

Cinemaattic’s MUJERES is back! Once again we put together a programme of colourful, radical, beautiful films made by Spanish & Latin American female directors. On top of Cinemaattic’s all-year-round commitment to highlight female talent, we dedicate a special month to celebrate our favourite films made by women in the last year, so here it is:

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We are incredibly proud that MUJERES is going further this year, expanding to new territories. The programme will be shown at:

FEMALE GAZE(S).

We celebrate once again a wider idea of the female gaze.

The act of looking, our gaze is what makes humans distinctive. Yet with incredible American power dominating film distribution channels and big streamers’ algorithms standardizing what we like and what we don’t, our gaze loses its uniqueness. There are only the interpretations we make of the world around us and, therefore, there is only world if there is a gaze. And there are millions of interpretations, but today our eyes are very standardised. We see the same images in Ohio, Hong Kong, Lima, Barcelona or Dundee. MUJERES this year rebels against that, challenging the idea of a one only “female gaze” by celebrating many female gazes, plural, radical, innovative, colourful, tender, macabre ways to portrait reality.

woman in film - red hillThis year we are delighted to welcome one of the rising stars of Scottish filmmaking scene. An Edinburgh College of Art graduate, Portuguese director Laura Carreira will join us for both screenings in Glasgow and Edinburgh for a post-screening discussion of her film “Red Hill”.

What at CinemaAttic we call the MUJERES season, goes beyond female direction, however. Naturally, most of the films we selected will be directed, shot or produced by women, but the programme will also concern itself with females as protagonists, the variety of female perspectives, psychology or even different manifestations of what they call the female gaze. That’s because we are keen on every female footprint left in the world of the first-class cinema.

We like to reach far and wide, so you will have the chance to enjoy a selection of very different works ranging from fiction, animation, experimental and documentary.

Maybe the Oscars, and the BAFTAs (and many others) have forgotten to reward the great films made by women this year. Fear Not, Cinemaattic is here to solve the world…

Make your way in, MUJERES is back in town.

 

The films:

Patchwork

women in film

Director: Maria Manero Muro

Info:  Spain, 2018 – 8 min. Spanish with English subtitles

Synopsis: Patchwork is the story of Loly, a 60-year-old woman who needs a liver transplant. Loly is housewife, artist, chef, psychologist and mother. The story is told by a donor who gave his/her liver to her. How many organs does it need to be replaced to stop being yourself and becoming someone else?

Awards & Festivals:

Leeds Film Festival – Official Selection;

Universitat Politècnica de València – Prime Animation Festival, Winner;

Cortoons Gandia Animation Film Festival – Best Short Film produced in the Valencian Community;

Ibero–American Animation Quirino Awards – Best Student Short Film.

 

Sub Terrae

Director: Nayra Sanz Fuentes

Info: Spain, 2017 – 7 min. No dialogues

Synopsis: Shadows are not always under the earth…

Awards & Festivals:

Festival Internacional de Cine Documental – Best Canarian Movie;

Semana de Cine de Medina del Campo – Best Short Documentary;

The Globe International Short Film Festival, USA – Best Short Documentary;

Al-Nahj International Film Festival, Iraq – Best Movie.

 

Las casas que nos quedan

(The houses that we have left)

Director: Rocio Morato

Info: Spain, 2018 – 18 min. Spanish with English and Spanish subtitles

Synopsis: The honesty of a filmmaker capturing what surrounds her. A portrait of her parents, a brother, her grandmother. A simple gesture that reveals what is deepest down, the complexities of inter-generational coexistence. The family laid bare within its shared walls, where major conflicts and tension soon to be resolved come forth.

Awards & Festivals:

Seville Film Festival – Andalusian Short Films Selection;

Ibero–American Documentary Film Festival, Official Selection;

Week of Contemporary Audiovisuals of Oviedo – ReCortos Section.

 

Los Que Desean

(Those Who Lust)

Director: Elena López Riera

Info: Switzerland/Spain, 2018 – 24 min. Spanish with English subtitles

Synopsis: In the south of Spain, a race of painted pigeons of all colours, will reward not the one who will go the fastest, but the one who will have known how to seduce a female pigeon, and to fly the most time at its sides.

Awards & Festivals:

2018 European Film Awards – Nominee, Best Short Movie;

Toronto International Film Festival – Wavelenghts Section;

San Sebastian Film Festival – Zabaltegi–Tabakalera Section;

Reykjavík International Film Festival (Iceland) – International Short Film Competition.

 

Red Hill

Director: Laura Carreira

Info: UK/Portugal, 2018 – 13 min. English

Synopsis: Jim, an isolated ex-miner who works as a night-shift security guard faces his last day at work before retirement. He spends the night patrolling the slagheap of a former coalmine – a remnant of Scotland’s industrial past. The film explores the intrinsic relation of an individual to work and asks what is left when a man loses his purpose.

Awards & Festivals:

2019 BAFTA Scotland Awards – Nominee, Best Short Film;

2019 British Independent Film Awards – Long listed, Best British Short Film;

Edinburgh International Film Festival – New Visions Award 2019, Winner.

 

Vever (for Barbara)

Director: Deborah Stratman

Info: USA/Guatemala, 2019 – 12 min. English

Synopsis: Shot at the furthest point of a motorcycle trip Barbara Hammer took to Guatemala in 1975, and stitched through with Maya Deren’s reflections of failure, encounter and initiation in 1950s Haiti, Deborah Stratman’s Vever (For Barbara) is a cross-generational binding of three filmmakers seeking alternative possibilities to power structures they’re inherently part of. Grown out of abandoned film projects of Hammer and Deren, Stratman’s film acts as a vever – a symbolic drawing used in Haitian Voodoo to invoke a Loa, or god – in offering tribute to kindred spirits and radical women of different eras.

Awards & Festivals:

Berlin International Film Festival – Forum Expanded;

Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival – New Cinema Competition;

Punto De Vista International Documentary Film Festival of Navarra – Honorable Mention;

Los Angeles Outfest LGBTQ Film Festival – Official Selection.

Summary
Event
MUJER(ES) | WOMEN IN FILM | ALTERNATIVE VALENTINES
Location
DCA Dundee, 152 Nethergate,Dundee,-DD1 4DY
Starting on
14/02/2020
Ending on
08/03/2020
Description
This Valentines forget the romantic comedy, here is your best alternative plan. A programme of short films made by women widening the idea of love. A big big love!Cinemaattic’s MUJERES is back! Once again we put together a programme of colourful, radical, beautiful films made by Spanish & Latin American female directors. On top of Cinemaattic’s all-year-round commitment to highlight female talent, we dedicate a special month to celebrate our favourite films made by women in the last year, so here it is: MUJERES - Women in Film. We are incredibly proud that MUJERES is going further this year, expanding to new territories. The programme will be shown at: CCA Glasgow (13 Feb) Lauriston Hall - Edinburgh (14 Feb) DCA - Dundee (5 March) and  HOME Manchester (8 March) as we team up with one of our favourite festivals in UK: VIVA! Spanish & Latin American Festival 2020FEMALE GAZE(S).We celebrate once again a wider idea of the female gaze.The act of looking, our gaze is what makes humans distinctive. Yet with incredible American power dominating film distribution channels and big streamers' algorithms standardizing what we like and what we don’t, our gaze loses its uniqueness. There are only the interpretations we make of the world around us and, therefore, there is only world if there is a gaze. And there are millions of interpretations, but today our eyes are very standardised. We see the same images in Ohio, Hong Kong, Lima, Barcelona or Dundee. MUJERES this year rebels against that, challenging the idea of a one only “female gaze” by celebrating many female gazes, plural, radical, innovative, colourful, tender, macabre ways to portrait reality.This year we are delighted to welcome one of the rising stars of Scottish filmmaking scene. An Edinburgh College of Art graduate, Portuguese director Laura Carreira will join us for both screenings in Glasgow and Edinburgh for a post-screening discussion of her film “Red Hill”.What at CinemaAttic we call the MUJER(ES) season, goes beyond female direction, however. Naturally, most of the films we selected will be directed, shot or produced by women, but the programme will also concern itself with females as protagonists, the variety of female perspectives, psychology or even different manifestations of what they call the female gaze. That’s because we are keen on every female footprint left in the world of the first-class cinema. In order to emphasize the plurality of it, we decided that we are going to make a minor technical change in the title and from now on call it MUJER(ES), instead of simply MUJERES, because one woman will never represent all.We like to reach far and wide, so you will have the chance to enjoy a selection of very different works ranging from fiction, to experimental mockumentary, to documentary. All of the films are made by young, promising talent within the past 2 years. Maybe the Oscars, and the BAFTAs (and many others) have forgotten to reward the great films made by women this year. Fear Not, Cinemaattic is here to solve the world…Make your way in, MUJERES is back in town.
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