‘Tristes Trópicos’ presents the works of pioneering adventure filmmakers at Cineteca Madrid

Cineteca Madrid, a space of the Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports of the City Council of Madrid, designs its October program with an adventurous spirit to save great works of the genre and show new titles to discover, demonstrating that the he ethnographic and restless spirit of cinema is still alive.

The previews of the month and the titles dedicated to the history of cinema brought together in this program outline a journey around the world to explore singular places and distant cultures, but also and above all offer the opportunity to focus on a of documentary cinema which escapes the traditional dissociation between fiction and documentary.

trip to the tropics

This month’s (Re)visions section offers some of the most lucid and exciting visions of the tropics from very different filmmakers. From the mythical epic of Hurricane on the Island (John Ford, 1937), to the dazzling restoration of Araya (Margot Benaceraff, 1959), passing through the anthropological mysticism of Divine Horsemen (Maya Deren, 1951) or the beauty breathtaking from The River (Jean Renoir, 1951), this fixed section brings together four essential titles for traveling to the end of the world.

In addition, this month Cineteca is celebrating a retrospective dedicated to Jean Rouch, father of cinematographic anthropology and key figure in the history of modern cinema, with the screening of seven of his most representative films recently restored: La Pyramide humaine , Yo, a Negro , The Mad Masters, The Fifteen Year Old Widows, The Bow Lion Hunt, Jaguar and Bit by Bit. And on the occasion of the centenary of Nanook, the Eskimo, Cineteca is offering a special screening of Robert Flaherty’s film (1922), a masterpiece of exploration cinema born after Scott’s heroic mission to the South Pole.

new landscapes

In keeping with the theme of the month, Cineteca Madrid offers a trip around the world with some of the most interesting films of the season: from the hot landscapes of northern Mexico in Los Hermosos Vencidos (Guillermo Magariños, 2021) to the freezing urban outskirts of the Deep Russia in Tolyatti Adrift (Laura Sisteró, 2022), passing through the fascinating Tierra del Fuego of Argentina in The Legend of the Crab King (Alessio Rigo de Righi and Matteo Zoppis, 2021) or the exuberant deserts and mountains of Ecuador in Al East (José María Avilés). In addition, the premiere of one of the Spanish films of the year arrives on the screens of Cineteca: the multi-award winning 918 Gau, by Arantza Santesteban (2021).

And in Espacio Spoken, a fixed section of the monthly program that offers new approaches to approaching cinema, Cineteca counts this month with the participation of anthropologist and researcher Manuel Delgado, who establishes a relationship between travel, escape and interiority search , and proposes to see in exploration films what their creators have left of themselves.

Day of Archeology and Spanish Cinema

Cineteca Madrid also participates in the celebration of Spanish Cinema Day. On the one hand, it will screen the work R , a 30-minute visual essay by Alicia Grueso Hierro on the first Spanish sound film, El orador , by Ramón Gómez de la Serna. On the other hand, it has also programmed the screening of three Spanish short films made within the framework of the European project Treasures in Archives, in which emerging filmmakers make short films with archives of European heritage institutes. The three Spanish plays programmed are Heiresses (Silvia Venegas), History on the Way (Matteo Bernardini) and Guernica: the last exile (Guillermo Logar).


The Madrid International Contemporary Animation Festival, ANIMARIO, organized by Matadero Madrid and Cineteca Madrid, will host its fifth edition from October 20 to 23. In addition to the international short film competition, the festival will program premiere feature films, children’s sessions, conferences, expanded animation activities and, for the fifth consecutive year, the Animario – Plaza Río 2 prize for the animation production will be awarded, intended for short film projects

Africa through David Reznak

Africa is a mythical and confusing name, because it hides an unknown, plural and almost intangible reality. With CC1682, David Reznak spent a year traveling the African territory, with an anthropological perspective, to paint a portrait of a society criss-crossed by increasingly sibylline power relations. But at the same time, this travel diary, with its mixture of formats, it also wants to be the diary of the impressions of the filmmaker, fascinated by the place, who needs to capture a whirlwind of colors with eyes that are both realistic and fantastic.

zombies and voodoo

On a remote Caribbean island, a scientist investigates to find a cure for cancer. He doesn’t make much progress with this task, but he discovers that with snake venom he can turn humans into zombies, so he experiments with natives. I Eat Your Skin is a classic of the double posters and drive-ins of the 1970s. Picked up by producer and distributor Jerry Gross to release it in double session in 1971 with I Drink Your Blood and thus form an absolutely insane duo, under this The title actually hides an old zombie and voodoo movie called Caribbean Adventure, directed by Del Tenney, which found no distribution in the 1960s.

In addition, Cineteca hosts the celebration of festivals: MICE, VI International Fair of Educational Cinema of Madrid; Another Way Film Festival, cinema on sustainable progress in its 8th edition; imaginary line; 5th Ecuadorian Film Festival in Spain and 5th Film Festival for Women. /

More information: www.cinetecamadrid.com


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