Ben Russell, winner of the Punta de Vista Grand Prize 2010 with his film Let Each One Go Where He May, and member of the jury of this year’s edition, will present his own special session on Saturday 26 February. In this programme, Russell will guide the audience through a series of short films where the spectator can trace the echoes of his work. A craggy path made out of eight films that leads to his most recent work, Trypps # 7 (Badlands), and to the roots of Russell’s films: animals, distant lands, and experimental anthropology in a cinema that the author takes as a way to fall into spiritual trance. This is a session with a common thread but very heterogeneous, including the work of Laida Lertxundi -Footnotes to a House of Love-, a fragment -Children 's Magical Death- of the incredible documentary on the Yanomami Indians shot by Timothy Ash and Napoleon Chagnon in the 70’s and considered a cornerstone of visual anthropology, the Gerard Holthuis’ underwater visual experiment -Marsa Abu Galawa-, the Segundo de Chomón and Ferdinand Zecca’s antique jewel of fantasy -Le Spectre Rouge-, the mystical madness of Kenneth Anger -Invocation of My Demon Brother-, the urban portrait of Karl Kels -Prince Hotel-, the caustic critic of the contemporary culture of the Paper Rad collective -How to Escape from Stress Boxes- or a statement on female power made by Gunvor Nelson –My Name is Oona-. All of these films also draw direct lines to the various sections of the festival, from The Central Region to the retrospectives on feminism -The personal is political-, and on cultural cannibalism -Tupi or not Tupi- or Heterodocsies.
On the other hand, and with the name of Young Filmmakers Rediscovered, a pioneering experience in teaching with cameras with young immigrants on the Lower East Side of New York in the late 60's and early 70's, will be presented for the first time in Spain. Seven short films that, while documenting the cultural activity of New York at the time, reflect very clearly the film talent of young amateur filmmakers whose films, although not very well known, were presented at the New York Film Festival in 1968 and even at Cannes. The screening of these shorts will be introduced by Michael Jacobsohn, one of the young directors back then who has continued making films as a successful documentary filmmaker and editor, and Gabe Klinger, curator of the programme, critic and teacher.