This week, there will be a preparation seminar with Peter B. Schumann und Enrique Sánchez Lansch for the masterclass of Pino Solanas at the DFFB.
As part of the preparation week, there will be a lecture for students by Ben Gibson on Wednesday, September 26th:
Third Cinema, People’s Newsreels and the Counter-Information Cinema before and after the Latin American New Wave
Ben Gibson will give a lecture illustrated by short clips which aims to put Solanas’ work, from La Hora de los Hornos onwards, in the aesthetic and historical context of wider “parallel” and “alternative” cinema, both its ancestry and inheritances up to today, from Eisenstein to the Web Essay.
After 15 years Pino Solanas is visiting the DFFB and its students for the second time. Solanas’ first, and still most important feature, La hora de los hornos, had repercussions across Latin America and the world as a model of a politically militant cinema, by providing counter-information to contradict the long-established discourses that naturalised social inequalities and provided cover for elites who, in cooperation with foreign capital, exploited the lands and peoples of the continent. The film, in what Solanas dubbed a “cine-acto”, provokes the spectator to act through the use of cinema vérité and newsreel footage, interviews, shock montage and by interrupting itself to call for debate.
Fernando Ezequiel ‘Pino’ Solanas, born 16 February 1936, is an Argentine film director, screenwriter and politician. His films include La hora de los hornos (The Hour of the Furnaces, 1968), Tangos: el exilio de Gardel (1985), Sur (1988), El viaje (1992), La nube (1998) and Memoria del saqueo (2004), among many others. Since 2013, he has been a National Senator representing the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.