Thu. Feb 20th, 2020

The University of Cambridge pays tribute to Pere Portabella’s cinema

The filmmaker Pere Portabella (Figueres, 1927) is living a very busy days on a professional level in the United Kingdom, where he has been received with all honors. Object of a comprehensive retrospective that began on November 26 and has passed through such emblematic spaces as the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) or the Whitchapell Gallery in London, this Thursday the veteran director, who has just turned 93, will be the center of attention in the University of Cambridge, which has organized various acts that are part of the first symposium about the artistic figure of the author of works like Umbracle, Catalan poets or The silence before Bach.

The main act will take place in the honors room of King’s College at the University of Cambridge and, among others, the film critics guru participates in the symposium Jonathan Rosenbaum, the professor at the University of Chicago Steven Marsh, the MACBA Exhibition Commissioner Teresa Grandas, the English art theorist Rosalind Galt, the director of the Filmoteca de Catalunya Esteve Riambau and the professor of Cambridge Brad Epps, coordinator of the debates.

The director of the Filmoteca de Catalunya, Esteve Riambau, together with Pere Portabella

The director of the Filmoteca de Catalunya, Esteve Riambau, together with Pere Portabella
(Helena Gom)

Portabella himself will actively participate today in Cambridge teaching a master class. On Saturday15, coinciding with the end of the tribute acts, a meeting with the public will take place at the London Close-Up, where the famous producer of Viridiana Y The stroller will present your movie Warsaw Bridge (1990).

The retrospective, curated by Winstanley Schtinter and under the title Often the look of the worm’s tail is the right one. Pere Portabella’s cinema It has also been seen in places where Portabella’s films have acquired a special meaning, such as in Brixton prison, where prisoners were screened Dinner (1974), a documentary where five political prisoners who have served long sentences meet clandestinely to exchange their experiences in prison. The event was attended by Clara Ponsatí, former Education Councilor of the Government of Catalonia and current deputy of the European Parliament.

Portabella will present its film ‘Warsaw Bridge’ on Saturday with the public

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