Call for entries for BAICC International Artist Residency Program in Film is already open

From June 29th until August 27 2017, applications to take part in an artist residency in Toronto (Canada) can be submitted by creators born or living in Spain, willing to create works in analogic film format. The duration of the residence will be between 4 and 6 uninterrupted weeks between October 2017 and April 2018. All the information about the process is available in the regulations and application form.

BAICC is part of an initiative of (S8) Mostra Internacional de Cinema Periférico in partnership with Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto-LIFT and Acción Cultural Española-AC/E.

From the beginning, the Mostra has done a resolute work of promotion, diffusion and vindication of analog cinema, being a unique space in the Spanish context. In this sense, the idea of opening new paths in this direction has been there almost from the first edition of the Mostra. A line of work that finally found its correspondence in the collaboration with a unique institution in the world, which offers an incredible support to analog cinema, to the aesthetic exploration still to be done in this field, and to the fruitful coexistence between the digital technologies and the photochemical formats. We are talking about LIFT, the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, institution that has a long trajectory welcoming artists in residency that work in this medium (artists like Naomi Uman, Helga Fanderl, Tomonari Nishikawa and Martha Colburn have been there).

AC/E a state agency for the promotion of culture, fosters the Spanish creative and cultural sectors through a broad program of activities, fostering the internationalisation of creative professionals, with initiatives such as artist residencies. Projects supported by AC/E underline the diverse Spanish contribution to the global culture, as well as recent contributions of Spanish talent in the main creative fields.

Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) co-organizes with (S8) and LIFT the new program of artistic residencies BAICC


Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) co-organizes
 a new program of artistic residencies together with (S8) Mostra Internacional de Cinema Periférico and LIFT-Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. All those born or resident in Spain willing to create an analogic film at the LIFT facilities in Canada will be eligible for the program, which will last between 4 and 6 weeks.

AC/E a state agency for the promotion of culture, fosters the Spanish creative and cultural sectors through a broad program of activities, fostering the internationalisation of creative professionals, with initiatives such as artist residencies. Projects supported by AC/E underline the diverse Spanish contribution to the global culture, as well as recent contributions of Spanish talent in the main creative fields.

In the next month the call for entries will be announced.

(S8) and LIFT United: International Artist Residencies for Film Creation

From the beginning, the Mostra has done a resolute work of promotion, diffusion and vindication of analog cinema, being a unique space in the Spanish context. In this sense, the idea of opening new paths in this direction has been there almost from the first edition of the Mostra. A line of work that finally found its correspondence in the collaboration with a unique institution in the world, which offers an incredible support to analog cinema, to the aesthetic exploration still to be done in this field, and to the fruitful coexistence between the digital technologies and the photochemical formats. We are talking about LIFT, the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, institution that has a long trajectory welcoming artists in residency that work in this medium (artists like Naomi Uman, Helga Fanderl, Tomonari Nishikawa and Martha Colburn have been there).

AC/E a state agency for the promotion of culture, fosters the Spanish creative and cultural sectors through a broad program of activities, fostering the internationalisation of creative professionals, with initiatives such as artist residencies. Projects supported by AC/E underline the diverse Spanish contribution to the global culture, as well as recent contributions of Spanish talent in the main creative fields.

This year, 2017, BAICC, International Artist Residencies for Film Creation, are born. (S8) Mostra Internacional de Cinema Periférico in collaboration with LIFT and AC/E will launch a call for entries for a selection process to win a residence of artistic creation in Toronto (Canada), intended to Spanish citizens or residents, that wish to create film work in analog formats. The duration of the residence will last from 4 to 6 weeks between October 2017 and April 2018.

More information soon here.

Opening Night
Murnau’s Faust with live soundtrack by the Galician Symphonic Orchestra

Faust, the last film made in Germany by F.W. Murnau, in a new print restored by Luciano Berriatúa, will be the masterpiece opening the 8th edition of (S8) next Friday May 26th in the Palacio de la Ópera. The live soundtrack will be performed by the Galician Symphonic Orchestra, that in 2017 is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The Orchestra will be directed this night by José Ramón Encinar, and it will feature the soprano Ilduara Perianes and the mezzosoprano María Rivera. They will perform the score written by Jesús Torres, awarded with the Spanish National Music Award in 2012, and whose works have been in prestigious venues all around the world.

Under the Shadow of Mefisto
Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau is the author of some of the most incredible works not only of silent cinema, but of film history. His are Nosferatu, The Last Laugh, Sunrise and Tabu, as dissimilar as pioneers in their aesthetic ambitions, as was Faust, his last film made in Germany. In a Germany plunged into crisis, Faust was a blockbuster made from money overseas at a time when the Europeans who had emigrated were building Hollywood, the factory of myths and dreams. An adaptation of the popular myth (sifted by Goethe) of the sage who sells his soul to the devil, which hid a fierce social critique among his folds. The impressive images are the fruit of the chiaroscuro of photography, the mastery of the framing and the pictorial illusion and the expressionist theatrical illusionism, that evokes the time of Murnau in the company of Max Reinhardt. The acting is a highlight: one of the greatest German actors, Emil Jannings (The Blue Angel) as the iconic Mefisto, the legend of the Swedish theater Gösta Ekman as Faust, and stars like William Dieterle, Camilla Horn and the dancer of the Moulin Rouge, Yvette Guilbert, immortalized by Toulouse-Lautrec.

The Multiple Faust’s Faces

Luciano Berriatúa (in a collaboration of the Spanish Cinematheque with the Federal Film Archive of Berlin, the German Institute for Film Studies and the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation) was responsible for this restoration, the fruit of a thorough research and a rigorous look. At the beginning of the process, Berriatúa found several versions of the film from eight different negatives, a consequence of a standard practice in the superproductions of the time in which it was usual to shoot with several cameras at the same time to have several negatives and thus to provide prints to the international market. The restoration was made from the shots and the frames with which Murnau made the edition released in Germany in 1926.

Listening to Faust

Fausto will be given a live soundtrack by the Galician Symphonic Orchestra, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2017. On this occasion the OSG will be directed by José Ramón Encinar and the singers will be the soprano Ilduara Perianes and the mezzosoprano María Rivera. The score that the Orchestra will play is the one composed by Jesús Torres, winner of the National Music Award in 2012, whose works have toured the most prestigious institutions and festivals in the world. A score released in 2009 at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid, which is a creative work by right, beyond the simple underline and incidental music whose ambition equates it with an opera or a symphony. Torre, who structures his piece in nine movements, uses strategies such as contrast, an ascending structure and a special use of the human voice to give a personal and autonomous dimension to his work, which manages to offer a new aesthetic experience and open a new dimension in Murnau’s film.

DATE: Friday May 26th. 8:30 pm. Palacio de la Ópera, Glorieta de América s/n, A Coruña.
DURATION: 119 minutos
TICKETS: Online via the ticket service of //ABANCA (entradas.abanca.com) or via telephone in the 902 43 44 43 until 24 hours before the show, from 8 am a 10 pm from Monday to Saturday. The box offices in the Plaza de Orense, from Monday to Friday, except holidays, open from 9.30 am a 1 pm and from 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm. In the Palacio de la Ópera box offices you can buy your tickets the day of the show from 11 am a 2 pm and from 5 pm to the beginning of the show.

Poster and trailer of the 8th edition of the (S8)

The guide figure behind this “Objects and Apparitions” edition of the (S8) is the American artist Joseph Cornell. The poster and trailer of the festival are also aligned with this reference, taking its inspiration from the shadow boxes and collages of the found footage pioneer, one of the most influential artists of the XX century. Using a set of elements that evoke Cornell’s work, including also a gesture towards the 8, this particular drawer wants to reflect as well the inspiration that, we hope, infects our whole program.