1936. Memories of silenceTribute to the victims of the Spanish Civil War and Franco's repression

16 march, 2011 - 21 march, 2011
Sabatini Building, Auditorium
silencio. Homenaje a las víctimas de la Guerra Civil y la represión franquista
silencio. Homenaje a las víctimas de la Guerra Civil y la represión franquista

In the first stage, the 1936-1939 period, the country was torn into two antagonistic factions, each of which produced militant and propaganda-ridden films – especially documentaries – that obviously had opposing purposes. The triumphalism of Phalangist cinema after the war was followed by a period of uncertainty caused by the events of World War II, which led to the Civil War not being represented in fiction until 1948.

Between 1948 and 1975 a new official slogan appeared in films made by filmmakers working for the Franco regime: the Regime's enemies, those who had supported the Spanish Republic, had to be recovered, upon the condition that they expressed regret for their “political errors” and began to submit to the dictatorship. Following the death of Franco, a new eye was turned to the Civil War and its victims. The political puppetry so evident before disappeared and both fiction and documentary genres criticized the military coup that had given rise to the Civil War, by discrediting those who had perpetrated it or by using melancholy, showing solidarity with the vanquished and its victims. Since 1936, the Civil War has been the chosen topic of more than a hundred feature films made by Spanish filmmakers, and this series has selected a few of them.


Monday, March 14, 2011

6:00 p.m.
Screening of Aurora de esperanza. Antonio Sau. 1937. 60’

7:00 p.m. 
Colloquium with Anselmo Lorenzo Foundation

7:30 p.m. 
Presentation of the series by Javier Rioyo, Enrique del Olmo and Manuel Bonmati Portillo

8:00 p.m. 
Screening of Raza. José Luis Sáenz de Heredia. 1941. 105’

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

10:00 a.m. Session for students
Screening of Las cajas españolas. Alberto Porlán. 2004. 90’

11:30 a.m.
Colloquium with Alberto Porlán

6:00 p.m.
Screening of Guernica. Alain Resnais and Robert Hessens. 1950. 13’

6:15 p.m. 
Screening of Extranjeros de si mismos. Javier Rioyo and José Luis López-Linares. 2001. 86’

7:45 p.m. 
Colloquium with Javier Rioyo

8:15 p.m. 
Screening of Arrhash (Veneno), Javier Rada and Tarik el Idrissi. 2008. 44’

Thursday, March 17, 2011

10:00 a.m. Session for students
Screening of Los niños de Rusia. Jaime Camino. 2001. 93’
Screening of Paseo. Arturo Ruiz Serrano. 2007. 13’

12:15 p.m. 
Colloquium with Arturo Ruiz Serrano

5:30 p.m. 
Screening of La madre que los parió. Inma Jiménez Neira. 2008. 29’

6:00 p.m. 
Screening of Las cajas españolas. Alberto Porlán. 2004. 90’

7:30 p.m. 
Screening of En el balcón vacío. Jomi García Ascott. 1961. 64’

8:30 p.m. 
Colloquium with Román Gubern

Download the series' complete program here [Spanish]