Pamplona (Spain), 22-27 February 

Retrospectives: Thinking form

THE THINKING FORM is the first retrospective on contemporary essay-film in Spain and one of the first in Europe.

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Following the first screening in Pamplona, the season shall move on to Reina Sofía, CGAI (Centro Galego de Artes da Imaxe) and Valencia's Filmoteca. The thinking form aims to make the recent barrage of essay-films, a reflective film form normally presented in first person, accessible to the wider public.

As a result of the commemoration of the first centenary of film in 1995 and, more specifically, inspired by Jean-Luc Godard's "Histoire(s) du Cinema", essay-film has become a tremendously stimulating territory, full of surprise, located somewhere on the borderline between the documentary and experimental film. Pamplona shall give the public the chance to sample what is already considered a new film genre by screening some of its most important exponents.

The section is coordinated by Antonio Weinrichter, lecturer in Contemporary Film at Madrid's ECAM. The titles comprising the season use a far wider repertoire of formal resources than that usually found in films dealing with the real world.
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They do not merely aim to represent historical reality, but to reflect upon it; they do not confine themselves to monitoring reality as it stands, but create their own subject; and the discourse they propose is both tentative and subjective, the product of a familiar voice: in the true spirit of the Festival, documentaries with a point of view.

The thinking form season centres on essay-films from the last decade, reflecting upon the success and vitality of the genre following the centenary of film. The programme shall include the latest works by Angela Melitopoulos, Barbara Hammer, Adam Curtis, Mariano Llinás, Heiner Stadler, Albertina Carri, Ralph Arlyck, Jean-Luc Godard, Tom Andersen, Ross McElwee, Hito Steyerl, Oliver Smolders and Elizabeth Subrin.

The season is to be complemented with the publication of a book, edited by Antonio Weinrichter, tracing the history of essay in the works of Chris Marker, Jean-Luc Godard, Harun Farocki, etc.