Soledad al fin del mundo
In parallel with the retrospective it devotes to the Argentine filmmaker Lisandro Alonso in November, CINEMATEK presents two films[S T1] by visual artist Carlos Casas at Kanal: Soledad al fin del mundo and Patagonian Fieldworks. These documentary works, filmed in Patagonia, resonate with the snowy landscapes of the same region, splendidly pictured by Alonso. In Kanal, the work of Carlos Casas is projected in a loop. It goes into dialogue with Rosa de Lima and Cargadores by French, Brussels-based, artist Joëlle de La Casinière. This way, during a month, different portraits of South America will be confronted.
In one of the least populated regions of the world, a small group leads their life in total solitude, spending months and months alone. This documentary tells the story of three of these men, isolated from the world for different reasons. They survive in a suspended time of their own. We try to understand their stories, their reasons, their inner strength, their suffering. We lived with them, in silence and with respect, to try to match their rhythms and customs, attempting to capture their stories with dignity and dedication. We were interested in the atmospheric feeling of isolation and the relation to its Patagonian landscape. Trying to capture time in this extreme situation. The documentary became an amazing anthropological and physical experience for both subject and authors.
CINEMATEK has been a leading force for 80 years in providing daily explorations through the history of cinema. From the beginning, the approach has been wider than just a historical perspective, also reflecting the relationship contemporary, visual and performance arts have with the moving image. Through festivals and film-cycles CINEMATEK presents the works of the avant-garde, showcasing artists bringing together different disciplines and pushing the language of film. It was no surprise that the CINEMATEK accepted the Kanal Foundation's invitation for them to join forces.
Working in dialogue with Argos, Centre for Art and Media and collaborating with the Centre Pompidou Experimental Film Department SHOWroom CINEMATEK daily screens the work of contemporary filmmakers shown in a continuous digital program. Once a month the showroom will also host a special event, SWEET 16, paying tribute to 16mm film.
Soledad al fin del mundo
Color- 52’ - Spanish version English subtitles