Contactos opens cinema up to the other artistic disciplines and knowledge-related activities we call science. This is especially relevant when thinking about documentary cinema, which by definition is oriented towards reflection and knowledge, and shares an interest in investigating reality with the other contemporary arts.
We will allocate two sessions to this issue. First, we will screen three episodes of the work for TV by Rossellini and Godard-Miéville, followed by a round table with José Antonio Escrig, Professor in the Specific Didactics Department of the Faculty of Education at the University of Zaragoza, and José Ángel Alcalde, passeur and Socratic maestro of several generations of cinephiles in the Barcelona area, founder of Xcèntric. There will also be a talk by Paulino Viota, one of the best experts on the work of Godard, who has just published a book titled Jean-Luc Godard. 60 años insumiso (Athenaica, 2022).
Kosmogonía. Film performance para un planetario is the work of visual artist Deneb Martos and sound improviser Wade Matthews, who have already worked together on pieces like Gold Film and Skin Film (the latter in collaboration with dancer Cecilia Gala).
Walls, windows, floors, ceilings, skylights, stairs, handrails, walkways, pedestals and fences resound. The voices that ring against these things spread out in all directions, through space, and fade. But there are echoes that don't quite fade out, come what may.
La Montagne infidèle was the missing piece of the work of Jean Epstein. At 26 years of age and at the start of his career, Epstein shot this documentary on the eruption of Mount Etna in June 1923.