Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Spanish Vanguard

Acariño galaico (José Val del Omar, 1961) - One of the absolute great cinematic discoveries for me this year, albeit only on digital format, has been the work of Val del Omar. Techniques and subjects that I might have seen many times before, or which might be mere "tricks" in a lesser filmmaker's work, here feel new, strange, lyrical, and powerful. The world it presents is refreshed before one's eyes & ears. And what more can we ask? I'm only beginning to digest and learn about this great experimentalist's oeuvre.

"Some great poets, such as Epstein or José Val del Omar, were of the opinion that cinema – an intelligent machine – had the power to reveal the harmonies according to which the world is structured." (Nicole Brenez) 

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