Pablo’s winter (2012) by Chico Pereira, MIT Edinburgh Premiere

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M.I.T. (Tuesdays Invade Earth in its Spanish initials) is an initiative aiming to bring independent European cinema outside generic cinemas. MIT Spain has recently partnered with CinemaAttic to exhibit some of these precious titles at Summerhall Edinburgh -where else could you better be?

MIT Edinburgh Premiere is an extraordinary good news and it represents months of hard work to secure the screening of exclusive films produced by cutting-edge talents worldwide. MIT Edinburgh will open-up with an absolute gem, Pablo’s winter (2012) by very author Edinburgh-based Spanish filmmaker Arturo Chico Pereira (1979).

After several awarded short fiction films -including 2011 BAFTA winning Director of Photography Julian Schwanitz – Chico went back to Almadén (Spain), his hometown, which hosted for more than 2000 years the most productive mercury mines in World History, to complete his research for the MFA Advance Film Practice at Edinburgh Napier University.

In Almaden he came across a city that was starting to face a completely new reality: overnight, some 15 years ago, the trading of mercury ceased, and the end of the mining culture played a very important role for the identity of an entire generation of miners and their families. The latter have more often than not been underrepresented -when not has the importance of the mining of mercury been unarguably understimated in Spain as whole.

Chico Pereira faced his own tumult of returning home after several years abroad to explore the decay and abandonment of a town throught the marks that the past has left on the local landscape. Much more than that, his encounter with ex-miner Pablo shapped his film completely and changed the approach to reality of few of the crew members who were there with him.

Pablo’s winter is more than an ethos, it is an absolute blow where the reflection about past and present blend dramatically with the uncanny persona of Pablo. Pioneer combination of fiction and documentary techniques together with Julian Schwanitz’s unique B&W grasping of the fading reality is a truly cinematic experience.

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