José Antonio Sistiaga (Donostia, 1932) is a key figure in Basque avant-garde art. His work walks the line between painting and experimental cinema, and led the way in the art of cameraless filmmaking: hand-painting the celluloid, frame by frame. 

Hand-painted cinema: Sistiaga & Brakhage

José Antonio Sistiaga (Donostia, 1932) created what is considered one of the first films ever to be painted directly on celluloid and without a soundtrack: ERE ERERA BALEIBU IZIK SUBUA ARUAREN. Over two years, Sistiaga coloured metres and metres of film to create a stimulating work of light, colour and movement. Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond, another artist also set off along the path of hand-painted film: Stan Brakhage .

As a tribute, Punto de Vista has decided to bring these two artists, who planted the seed of a ground-breaking form of cinema to come, together. SISTIAGA & BRAKHAGE provides us with the opportunity to see two works by the Basque artist - Impresiones en alta atmósfera and Paisaje inquietante nocturno - and nine films that the key American filmmaker made.

Hand-painted cinema: Sistiaga & Brakhage

Punto de Vista will also be screenins, ENCUENTROS 72, PAMPLONA. In this film, the Basque filmmaker used a 16 mm camera to record the most relevant and comprehensive avant-garde film festival ever to be held in Spain, which took place in Pamplona. An exceptional gift for spectators as this reel has been seen very few times on the big screen and Sistiaga himself will be attending; an extraordinary opportunity to enjoy the film. 

Promoted by
Gobierno de Navarra
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With the aid of
Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes Audiovisuales Acción Cultural Española Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia Financiado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU

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