This session, in collaboration with the International Auteur Film Festival, is the premiere in Barcelona of the recent work of Thom Andersen, The Thoughts That Once We Had, a personal history of the cinema inspired by Gilles Deleuze.
Like Godard’s Histoire(s) du cinéma, The Thoughts That Once We Had brings together multiple fragments of unidentified but often recognisable films from the last century, with the peculiarity that they are structured by associations, citations and concepts taken from texts about the cinema by philosopher Gilles Deleuze, The Movement Image and The Time Image. The borrowed sequences set out not to explain Deleuze’s ideas, but to give them form without overlooking their ambiguity and nuance. This succession submerges the spectator (who is not necessarily familiar with Deleuzian theories) in a deeply rhythmic, meditative experience.
The Thoughts That Once We Had, Thom Andersen, 2014, DCP, 108 min, OV with Spanish subtitles.