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A worm’s tail view is often the true one: a retrospective of films by Pere Portabella in London and Cambridge

Cinema.  London / Cambridge,  21/02/2020

The most ambitious, creative and complete international retrospective of works by Pere Portabella will tour London’s most engaged cultural institutions from 26 November 2019 to 15 February 2020. Programme supported by the Institut Ramon Llull, showing at Close-Up Film Centre, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Whitechapel Gallery, Brixton Prison, Cafe Oto, BFI Southbank, Low Company and University of Cambridge.

Responding first in violent poetic resistance to a Franco-occupied Spain, Catalan filmmaker Pere Portabella continues to understand the cinematic medium as intervention; as a forum for political debate and participation.

With exclusive participation from Albert Serra, Ben Rivers, Colm Tóibín, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Irene Solà, and many more.

Curated and produced by the Liberated Film Club in collaboration with the Institut Ramon Llull with the support of Low Company, XXX, Catalan Films & tv, Filmoteca Española, ICAA and Films 59. Presented in partnership with eight UK venues: Close-Up Film Centre (HQ), Institute of Contemporary Arts, Whitechapel Gallery, Brixton Prison, Cafe Oto, BFI Southbank, Low Company, University of Cambridge.

For full programme, venues and bookings please visit Close Up Film Centre and Purge



LAUNCH EVENT at Institute of Contemporary Arts

26 November

with Albert Serra + Ben Rivers

screening Vampir-Cuadecuc + Acció Santos


Whitechapel Gallery

28 November

with Erika Balsom + Gareth Evans

screening Umbracle + Premios Nacionales + Play Back


Insitute of Contemporary Arts

30 November

with Ona Balló Pedragosa + Lucia Bosé

screening Nocturno 29


Brixton Prison

5 December

with Pere Portabella

screening El Sopar


Close-Up Film Centre

7 December

with Pere Portabella

screening Don't Count On Your Fingers + Pere Portabella presentation


Whitechapel Gallery

12 December

with Colm Tóibín + Marcelo Expósito

screening four films with Joan Miró + Mudanza (on Gabriel Garcia Lorca)


Close-Up Film Centre

14 December

with Irene Solà

screening Pont de Varsòvia + Poetes Catalans + Silence Before Bach


Close-Up Film Centre

15 December

Informe General with Mark Nash + General Report II with Ingrid Guardiola


Cafe Oto

17 December

Pisca el piano + La Tempesta with 'Acció Santos' Carles Santos tribute act featuring Barcelona ’92 Olympian Derek Redmond, Daniel Blumberg, Winstanley Schtinter, Billy Steiger, Tom Wheatley + more TBC



Close-Up Film Centre

24 January

Three films by Carles Santos with Tom Wheatley


Close-Up Film Centre

25 January

screening The Delinquents (Carlos Saura) + El Cochecito (Marco Ferreri)


Close-Up Film Centre

26 January

screening Tren de Sombras (Jose Luis Guerin) + Viridiana (Luis Bunuel)


Close-Up Film Centre

27 January

screening In The Same Boat (Rudy Gnutti)


BFI Southbank

28 January

with William Fowler + Tanoa Sasraku-Ansah

screening Vampir-Cuadecuc


University of Cambridge

13 February

with Pere Portabella, Brad Epps, Rosalind Galt, Steven Marsh, Esteve Riambau, Jonathan Rosenbaum and more T.B.C.


Close-Up Film Centre

15 February

screening Pont de Varsòvia + Hortensia (José Antonio Maenza)

with masterclass by Jonathan Rosenbaum on Pere Portabella


The programme is also listed in full with booking links for all events via Close-Up Film Centre:

Christopher Lee: "Portabella is a very intelligent man and a wonderful film director"

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