NEW YORK 2014


Wed – March 5


Instituto Cervantes New York. Auditorium

6:30 PM Opening
minerprog 7:00 PM MINERA
Director Jorge Martínez
Lenght
8 min

Premier
2012

Description With a piece that resembles a sound poem, Jorge Martínez seeks to prove that the desire to make a wish come true, or to achieve a challenge or idea, is far more powerful than any adversity. “Minera” is a harsh short film which takes us on a journey to the heart of miners’ struggle. The project emerged as a way of paying homage to the miners and to their songs, which so often brought light and escapism to the workers. The Santa Cruz del Silmine (León, Spain), was the ideal scenario to film the short: a group of miners had spent 45 days locked down to protest the cuts to coal subsidies. In this complex context, the short shows the emotional visit of the cantaora Rocío Márquez Limón to the mine, where she sang the miners’ hymn “El niño Alfonso” to all those taking part in the workers’ struggle.

programraizrama3 7:10 PM DE LA RAÍZ A LA RAMA
Director Manuel García de Otazo
Length
30 min

Premier
Preview

Description The film takes place predominately in the town of La Union and is the backdrop for “The song of mine”. However the real story lies in the Fernández family. They are gypsies who have flamenco in their blood.
This family includes several members who have won the “Lámpara Minera” award. It’s one of the most prestigious singing awards for flamenco cantaores. The director portraits two of the family members who are the official festival guitarists and how they are creating new flamenco fusion in a show called “Flamenco Roots” with dancers and musicians from Rajasthan and Spain. The result is spectacular. [trailer]

programmmanuel 7:40 PM MANUEL
Director Tao Ruspoli
Length
22 min
Premier
2013

Description This is a short documentary by Tao Ruspoli about the legendary flamenco singer and guitarist Manuel Molina, of Lole y Manuel. Manuel Molina revolutionized flamenco by introducing psychedelic influences. He also was an important figure of flamenco fusion after the fall of the Franco Dictatorship, as a member of the group Smash (credited for being the first flamenco rock band) and guitarist of the world renowned flamenco couple Lole & Manuel. The film is a very intimate portrait of life and soul.

Wed – March 12
Instituto Cervantes New York. Auditorium
Triana-pura-pura 6:30 PM TRIANA PURA Y PURA
Director
Ricardo Pachón
Length 73 min
Premier
2013

Description In the 1950s, the gypsies of Triana (Seville) were kicked out of the neighborhood. In 1982 they met for one last big blowout. This previously unseen joyous film celebrates the end of an “indomitable lineage” in a unique evening of flamenco and delight transformed into an ode to a lost world. A priceless documentary that reminds Seville that once had an illustrious gypsy area and that, when it lost that, it lost its flamenco
swing
. [trailer]

Flamenco Hoy! de Carlos Saura 7:45 PM FLAMENCO HOY!
Director
Pierre & François Lamoureux
Length 100 min
Premier
2013

Description Flamenco Hoy! de Carlos Saura challenges the audience to view and listen to flamenco with fresh eyes and ears. Tradition blends and clashes with modern currents. Flamenco is not just a form of dance or music; it is a lifestyle and art form on the move and in constant evolution. A new generation of performers, although respectful of tradition, also draws inspiration from other sources such as jazz, ballet and current influences. The stage show was designed and created by the Oscar-winning director in a cinematic way often quoting themes and scenes from his critically acclaimed films. Flamenco Hoy features the music of Grammy-nominee Chano Dominguez and is choreographed by Rafael Estevez and Valeriano Paños. Grammy and Emmy Awardwining. Pierre & François Lamoureux captured the live spectacle on film, in 3D during a concert in San Sebastian, Spain.The result is breathtaking in its vibrancy, intensity and intimacy. [trailer]

Wed- March 19
Instituto Cervantes New York. Auditorium
programmtokio 6:30 PM TOKIO JONDO
Director Mikel Bonet
Length 63 min
Premier 2007

Description Flamenco music originally from Spain has fascinated the Japanese for more than 40 years. While searching for the reasons of this phenomenon, we discover similarities and differences of these two contrasting cultures with a distance of 15,000KM (9,320 Milles) between theml. [trailer]

programjourney 7:45 PM A PERSONAL JOURNEY
Director Tao Ruspoli
Length 97 min
Premier 2007

Description An underground non-commercial film that has quickly become a classic among flamenco fans. The film is a ground-breaking piece of work that provides a window of flamenco ambience that few people have captured and experienced. Most surprisingly, he shows us a young generation of flamenco artists not particularly interested in fusion or other experiments, but who are updating flamenco day by day, with knowledge and humility, always with references to flamenco traditions and history. [trailer]

Wed – March 26
Instituto Cervantes New York. Auditorium
programleyenda 6:30 PM TIEMPO DE LEYENDA
Director
José Sánchez Montes
Length 58 min
Premier
2009

Description In 1979 Camarón de la Isla recorded “The Legend of Time” with lyrics by Federico García Lorca, Omar Khayan or Kiko Veneno. Revered in his time, today many consider the most influential and ground breaking album that flamenco has produced. While Spain was adjusting to newfound freedom after the dictatorship, Camarón de la Isla liberated flamenco from tradition by incorporating electric guitar, rock and jazz. This albums impact on flamenco is similar to that of Miles Davis Bitches Brew revolutionizing the direction of jazz. “Tiempo de Leyenda” is a film produced by Ricardo Pachón and features a wealth of previously unpublished document and material. It gives us insight to the origins of this seminal recording. Ricardo Pachón guides the legendary singer Camarón with a group of artists such as Paco de Lucía, Veneno, Raymundo
Amador with the purpose to write one of the most risky and brightest pages of recent Spanish music
. [trailer]