The third edition of the X Films Project, through which, every year, the Punto de Vista Festival produces a film in the form of a filmed diary, has selected the three participants for this year: Oskar Alegría, Diana Toucedo and Jorge Tur. The three film-makers will present their projects in February, as part of the International Punto de Vista Seminar, along with a selection of their past work. Of the three projects presented, only one will be chosen to be made over the course of 2012.
Oskar Alegría writes currently travel reports in the El País supplement, El Viajero, and he is the author of an urban photography artistic project called “Las ciudades visibles”, backed by the writer, Enrique Vila-Matas, and the plastic artists, Isidoro Valcárcel Medina and Esther Ferrer. He has exhibited photography collections for the Mapamundistas congress in Pamplona and the Photomuseum in Zarautz. Since 2009, he has taught documentary scriptwriting at the Audiovisual Scripts Master course at the University of Navarra and he has run a workshop on abstract photography for children at the Chillida-Leku Museum. He is now finishing his first feature film on the Emak Bakia house (Basque for “Leave Me Alone”) in which Man Ray recorded a “cine-poeme” with the same name near Biarritz in 1926.
Diana Toucedo specialised in editing first and then went on to do a Masters in Contemporary Film and Audiovisual Studies at the Pompeu Fabra University in 201. She spent two years working at the Mariscal Studio on the editing of the animated film, Chico and Rita (2010), directed by Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal, and she has worked with the prestigious designer on numerous visual works. Alongside the Catalan sculptor, Jaume Plensa, she has edited and directed the images of a visual sculpture in the post-production phase in Seoul, Korea. Simultaneously, she has worked on several occasions as director: Ser de Luz, with material by Gustav Deutsch (2009) and Tres tiempos tres gestos, on the work of Naomi Kawase (2010). She worked with Isaki Lacuesta on the editing of his correspondence film with Kawase, In Between days (2009), for CCCB and All the Night Long (2010) for TCM.La noche que no acaba received the award for best documentary of the year at the Spanish Film Festival in Toulouse (2011). She is now directing her first feature-length documentary, Trinta Lumes, in Galicia.
Jorge Tur is a graduate in Psychology and has a Master in Creative Documentary from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). In 2006 he directed De funció, for which he won various awards such as the ' Manoel de Oliveira' Award for Best International Documentary at the Curtas Vila Do Conde International Film Festival in Portugal, or the Nueva Autoría Award for Best Director at the Sitges International Film Festival in Catalonia. His next work, Castillo, earned him a Special Mention from the Jury at the Las Palmas International Film Festival. He followed on with Si yo fuera tú, me gustarían los Cicatriz, which also obtained a Special Mention from the Jury at the Dei Popoli Festival in Florence. His latest work is called Diario Ruso, which recently premiered at Visions Du Reél de Nyon, Switzerland. At present, he is a project production teacher and coordinator in the Master en in Creative Documentaries at the UAB.
The three film-makers will present their projects on 24th and 25th February, as part of the International Punto de Vista Seminar 2012. On 24th at 8 p.m., at the Navarre Film Library, there will be a session dedicated to the X Films Project which will be open to the public (free entry). At this session, audience members will be able to see work by these three film-makers, as well as the piece from X Films 2011, Goitik behera, Behetik gora, from the weareQQ collective, made up of Vicente Vázquez and Usue Arrieta. If you would like to see a trailer of the film, click here.