SONGS FOR AFTER A WAR
Presented by Marian Del Egido, head of conservation and restoration center
A documentary based on edited footage that explores the traumas of the post-war period in Spain, comparing images that remain alive in people’s memory and images filmed at the time. Canciones para después de una guerra (1971) was the film that led to a headon collision with the authorities of the dictatorship, which led Patino to move away from the industry to work on the fringes, clandestinely. Queridísimos verdugos (1973) and Caudillo (1974), the triptych represents a fundamental element for the construction of democratic memory within the country, still under the dictatorship.
Restorer – Filmoteca Española
Filmoteca Española is the institution in charge of the preservation of the Spanish film heritage within the Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts. It has a main mission : recover, investigate and preserve the cinematographic heritage, as well as promoting its knowledge. The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) -Filmoteca Española is a member since 1956- grants these institutions the status of historical archives. Its peculiarity lies in the fact that it is, at the same time, a living archive in charge of collecting and preserving the cinematographic documents that are currently being produced, guaranteeing their conservation and facilitating their knowledge for both research and informative purposes. It also investigates, recovers and restores the Spanish film heritage. Filmoteca Española catalogues and study the film collections, and complements them with other documents -books, magazines, posters, photographs, press-books, etc.- that constitute its library and graphic archive. In addition, it has an important collection of sound records, as well as an interesting series of objects related to the history of cinema and pre-cinema: cameras, magic lanterns, daguerreotypes, shadow puppets, projectors, laboratory equipment and other devices that extend in time from the seventeenth century to the present day.
Basilio Martín Patino (1930-2017) is one of the most personal and indomitable voices of the history of Spanish filmmaking. Born into a highly conservative family, he soon showed a desire to ignore the prohibitions. In the 1950s, while studying Philology, he participated in the creation of the film club at the University of Salamanca and later in the organisation of the ‘Conversations of Salamanca’. He moved to Madrid to study at the IIEC (Instituto de Investigaciones y Experiencias Cinematográficas), where he worked as a teacher for several years until he directed his first feature film in 1965: Nine letters to Berta. Although the film was well received by both the critics and the public, Patino was already fighting his first battles with the censor. In this context of collision with the authorities, he produced Queridísimos verdugos (1973) and Caudillo (1974). When he was able to premiere the three films after Franco’s death, the response by both the critics and the public was overwhelmingly positive. His creative independence was a constant feature, identifying him as a radical figure that went against the flow until his death in 2017.
Turner Films and Julio Pérez Tabernero
Noelia.sastre Senior Museum Technician, Film Found Filmoteca Española (email@example.com)