15 / 01 / 2020

#03 Lucrecia Martel. La Ciénaga

How many films have you seen on the recommendation of a friend? How many scenes have you imagined through someone else's story? And how many images have you created yourself, while you described to a lover that gesture which captivated you so?

The relationship between film and radio is an interesting one. The screen appears to be indispensable for the cinema but, at the same time, we always make cinema greater beyond the screen´s limits, transforming ears into eyes and watching through our ears. Similarly, we enjoy those conversations about films which have yet to be shot. That is also cinema.

The history of canonical cinema has been constructed upon images made by men. But we will work on films directed by women using cinematographic elements which are not images. Playing. Experimenting. Words, sounds, music, stories, news, thoughts, letters. Because we believe that there are many ways of watching films.

Lur Olaizola and Jone Uriarte met one summer. In the summer of 2015. Not just any old summer and not on any old beach. To begin with, they were wearing safety helmets and size XXL yellow reflective vests. That day they would visit their new workplace:  a movie theatre and an exhibition hall under construction. Although reported to be haunted, within a few months the site would become a new contemporary culture centre: Tabakalera. Currently, Lur is the coordinator of the film department and Jone works in the exhibition department. 

Jone always endeavours to go to the films programmed by Lur, and Lur never misses the opportunity to attend the exhibition openings. Now, finally, their conversations and conspiracies regarding images, works, texts, sounds, scripts, rhythms, dreams and dances converge in Phoenix Ragazza, their first project together.


Episode #03. 'Lucrecia Martel. La Cienaga'

Unmade beds, wrinkled sheets, muddy feet on the bed, a phone ringing. Brothers and sisters running around the house, the last summer days of a sad couple who hate each other. Outside, there is a viscous pool, with green and dark waters, half abandoned. On the edge of it, hammocks that have known better times, piled up in a messy row. The atmosphere is heavy, a hot and humid day that precedes storm.

In this third program of Phoenix Ragazza, we talked about the movie La Ciénaga, by the Argentine filmmaker Lucrecia Martel. As the film is linked to literature, we propose the following writers and filmmakers living around us - and to which we greatly appreciate - to perform this exercise: to tell us stories of horror and fantasy of his childhood, as if we were on one of those beds of the film, telling us summer stories. Thus, we will have Aintzane Usandizaga, Kimia Kamvari and Maren González.