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Gandules '08 explores interculturality from one of the basic principles of cinema: point of view.

Gandules 08 looks at the theme of interculturality, taking as its starting point an essential film principle: the viewpoint. In the form of fiction, essay and documentary, the films shown during Gandules 08 present works from the West and beyond which deal with two major themes that question the point of view: journeys that lead to another culture and situations of coexisting cultures in a single place.

Gandules 08 extends this year to provide a space for creation, inviting four young filmmakers to make a short film that dialogue with the programme.


Week 1

Tuesday 5 August

 *Óscar Pérez, If the Camera Blows Up / 2008 / 13'
Óscar Pérez lends his camera to a Pakistani so he can send his family his view of Barcelona: his colleagues, a walk in the park... The domestic images he records, sometimes lyrical, sometimes full of humour, rediscover the city and our points of view.

Johan van der Keuken, To Sang Fotostudio / 1997 / 35'
To Sang's photo studio in Amsterdam is visited by traders from every corner of the world: Dutch from Hollywood Hair wig shop, Chinese jewellers, Pakistanis from the Sari Centre, Kurdish restaurateurs, the Surinamese from Capricho travel agency...

Martin Scorsese, Italianamerican / 1974 / 49'
Scorsese films a portrait of his parents, Italian immigrants in New York. While his mother, Catherine, picks him up on his badly formulated questions and shows him how to make meatballs, his father tells stories of things that happen outside the home. An intimate and humorous family film.

Wednesday 6 August
Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Le voyage du ballon rouge / 2007 / 113'
In his first film shot in Europe, Hou Hsiao-Hsien tells the story of an actress (Juliette Binoche) who works with a puppet company, a Chinese student in Paris, the little boy she looks after and the imaginary world they share.

Thursday 7 August

Rainer W. Fassbinder, Ali, Fear Eats the Soul / 1974 / 93'

Emmi, a 60-year-old widow and cleaner, meets Salem, a 30-year-old Moroccan, in an immigrants' bar. They start going out together, leading to Emmi's rejection by her children, neighbours and colleagues.

Week 2

Tuesday 12 August
**Werner Herzog, Encounters at the End of the World / 2007 / 99'. Spanish premiere!!!!!
Herzog travels to one of the Earth's most remote, sparsely populated corners: Antarctica. There he meets its exotic, solitary inhabitants: naturalists, geologists, philosophers and scientists who live with penguins and seals, threatened by climate change. This is a humanistic, funny and sensitive portrait of one of the last natural reserves. Cultures in a territory without culture.

Wednesday 13 August

Serge-Henri Moati, Les cow-boys sont noirs / 1966 / 15'
A taxi-driver, a mechanic and workers film the first African western. Moati filmed the making of this wild and woolly project.

Aki Kaurismaki, La vie de bohème / 1992 / 100'
A painter (Rodolfo), a writer (Marcel), a musician (Schaunard) and a dog (Baudelaire) are what remains of Parisian bohemia. They live in poverty but without renouncing their ideals or their friendship-between Boris Vian, Mozart and rock, between comedy and tragedy.

Thursday 14 August

  *Lope Serrano, Akemi Negishi / 2008 / 2'
A piece of animation featuring the face and body of Akemi Negishi, the actress who plays Keiko in The Saga of Anatahan.

Josef von Sternberg, The Saga of Anatahan / 1953 / 92'
A group of shipwrecked Japanese soldiers reach an island that is apparently deserted, but home to a beautiful woman and her husband. The woman awakens the desire of the men, who start competing to win her. When they receive a communiqué informing them of the end of the war and Japan's defeat, they choose to believe it is a trap laid by the enemy and continue their obsessive dispute for Keiko. The camera and voice of Sternberg mark out the rhythm of this mythical film about the men's fascination with the woman.

Week 3

Tuesday 19 August

 Chris Marker and Alain Resnais, Les statues meurent aussi / 1953 / 30'
A condemnation of colonialism and the perverting influence of Western eyes on African art, this documentary was banned by the French censors for over a decade.

Ousmane Sembène, La noire de... / 1966 / 65'
Diouana, an illiterate woman, works in Dakar looking after the children of a white bourgeois couple. This is post-colonial Senegal. When her employers ask her to accompany them to Antibes, where they are spending their holidays, her situation changes: a France she is exploited and forced to do all kinds of household chores. Jean Vigo Prize at Cannes.

Wednesday 20 August

*Andrés Duque / No es la imagen, es el objeto / 2008 / 10'
"How long could you spend looking at this picture card?", Pedro P. asks José Sirgado in Arrebato. "I've also kept my favourite childhood album. It's called ‘Hombres, razas y costumbres'. Each page provides me with new interpretations, sometimes imprecise and strange, about who we are and what the world is." (A. D).

Youssef Chahine, Destiny / Al-Massir / 1998 / 125'
In 12th-century Andalusia, Averroes is pursued by fundamentalists. A film about mixed race, full of sensuality, inebriation, dance, singing and love interest. A musical, an adventure film, a melodrama; a hedonistic mix of genres and styles that condemns today's fundamentalism and celebrates freedom of thought.

Thursday 21 August

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, The Promise / 1996 / 93'
Igor is 15 and apprenticed as a mechanic to his father, who exploits illegal immigrants in exchange for false papers. One day, Igor makes a promise: that he will look after the wife and son of a Ghanaian worker. One of the most realistic and sensitive portraits of immigration in European society.


Week 4

Tuesday 26 August


*Isa Campo and Isaki Lacuesta, Alpha and again / 2008 / 22'
Alpha is a political refugee from Darfur who lives in Melbourne. His personal experience shows us a series of unending digressions in a country built by immigrants, where the refugee camps and detention centres are worthy of a Kafka short story.

Bob Connolly, Robin Anderson, Black Harvest / 1992 / 90'
Joe, mixed-race son of an Australian gold prospector and an aborigine from New Guinea, sets up a coffee plantation with his step-brothers of the Ganiga tribe. Over a series of years, Connolly and Anderson filmed the thrilling and fascinating story of a project to reconcile two cultures which gradually breaks down.

Wednesday 27 August

Octavio Cortázar, Por primera vez / 1966 / 9'
The inhabitants of a village in Cuba who have never seen a motion picture discover the cinema with the showing of Chaplin's Modern Times.

Jean Rouch, La pyramide humaine / 1961 / 90'
Rouch suggests that a group of European and African students from a school in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) make a film together. This shared cinematographic experience helps them discover a way of expressing their political and sentimental conflicts. A film full of invention, in which the youngsters play themselves in all the fleeting beauty of youth.

Thursday 28 August

Joâo César Monteiro, À flor do mar / 1986 / 133'
An Italian translator and her children, a shipwrecked North American man, a house overlooking a bay on the Portuguese coast, a hot summer. Somewhere between adventure story, romanticism, melancholy and satire, between Rossellini and Godard, this is a film full of light and air.

* In-house productions commissioned to young directors.

The films will be subtitled in Spanish unless indicated otherwise - The CCCB reserves the right to modify the programme for reasons beyond its control - Some copies may be of poor quality due to their age.
In the framework of European Year of Intercultural Dialogue.
A bar service will be provided.

Directors: Robin Anderson, Youssef Chahine, Bob Connolly, Octavio Cortázar, Andrés Duque, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Werner Herzog, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Aki Kaurismäki, Johan van der Keuken, Isaki Lacuesta, Chris Marker, Serge-Henri Moati, João César Monteiro, Óscar Pérez, Alain Resnais, Jean Rouch, John Sayles, Martin Scorsese, Ousmane Sembene, Lope Serrano, Josef von Sternberg

This activity is part of Gandules 2008, Gandules

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