An exhibition seeks to review through 1,200 documents the life and work of a “groundbreaking” filmmaker, who fled the film industry, Salamanca Basilio Martín Patino (1930-2017), and that can be seen at the Hospedería Fonseca de la University of Salamanca, where he studied Philosophy and Letters.
When 90 years of his birth, in the municipality of Salamanca in Lumbrales, the exhibition, curated by his friend and journalist Ignacio Francia, “reviews the vital and professional career of the filmmaker.”
During the presentation of the exhibition, ‘Basilio Martín Patino. Passion for the game ‘, France has highlighted a Martin Patino whose only interest in cinema was “to do what he was interested in”, but, yes, away from the film industry because “he was not willing to trade with pseudo-reality”.
Through 1,200 documents, including photographs, personal and creative documents, press materials and film works, the exhibition “aims to offer a reflection of the vital and professional career of the filmmaker.”
And among the material that is exposed, according to Ignacio Francia, there are documents “unpublished or scarcely known that in some cases allow to establish a new vision on some of the works of the filmmaker”.
The exhibition is built around a double axis: the one that runs through the spaces of the childhood, adolescence and youth of Martín Patino during the time he spent in Lumbrales, Comillas (Cantabria) and Salamanca; and the biographical trajectory of the director.
Through a walk through the exhibition, you can take a tour of the main works of the filmmaker, such as ‘Nine letters to Berta’, ‘Dear Executioners’ and ‘Songs for after a war’.
“The fundamental contribution that is offered in the exhibition lies in aspects unknown until now about the origin and the creative process” of the film ‘Nine letters to Berta’, said Ignacio Francia.
Documents are also collected that reveal the gestation of ‘Octavia’, for whose shooting Patino again used his Salamanca, a city that puts “at the service of the story of the characters’ journey”.
During the opening of the exhibition, the Deputy Minister of Culture of Castilla y León, Raúl Fernández Sobrino, highlighted Patino’s determining role in the culture of his time and added that, in addition, with his family he was an “intellectual patron for the future of society. “
For his part, the rector of the University of Salamanca, Ricardo Rivero, has extolled the figure of Martín Patino for being the director who “personified the culture against authoritarianism” and has specified that his time at the University of Salamanca was “a stage key in his life “especially with” his beginnings in the world of cinema, from where he developed critical and reflective positions, first in the University Cinema Club “.