Exclusive and unpublished documentary: Van Gogh, Two Months and an Eternity
Vincent van Gogh, one of the artists whose biography and work have been the subject of countless documentaries, fiction feature films and even animated works, is the protagonist of Van Gogh, two months and an eternity (2023), a documentary film that has never been shown in our country before, which CaixaForum+ will be premiering exclusively on 28 September.
The film, directed by the filmmaker Anne Richard and co-produced by Cinétévé, Canal ARTE France and the Musée d'Orsay, invites us to rediscover the work of Vincent van Gogh through a hitherto little-known character, Johanna Bonger van Gogh, his sister-in-law and heir to his estate. Although she only knew him for the last two months of his life, Johanna dedicated her life to making the painter's work known to the world. Following her painstaking efforts to understand his art and bring it to the attention of critics and art dealers alike, the documentary allows us to approach Van Gogh's genius from an unprecedented and profoundly human perspective.
The month of French cinema
October is the month of French cinema at CaixaForum+. From 1 October, and thanks to the collaboration with the Barcelona Film Fest and A Contracorriente Films, two feature films that celebrate the richness and influence of French cinema will be available on the platform.
The first of these is the documentary The Films of My Life (2016), directed by the prestigious filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier (Today it all begins). Along the lines of A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese through American Cinema, Tavernier presents us with a sharp and personal approach to French cinema, to the films, directors, composers and dialogues that he has loved the most throughout his life. From Jean Renoir to Claude Sautet, from Henri Decoin to Jacques Becker, via François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Louis Malle and many other famous filmmakers, Bertrand Tavernier rediscovers the gems of his country's cinema.
The second feature film in the selection is one of Jacques Becker's key works and one of the canonical films in the history of French cinema: Paris, Underworld (1952). Starring Simone Signoret in one of her most memorable roles, Paris, Underworld is set in 1898 and tells the story of Marie (Signoret), a beautiful prostitute who drives all the men of Montmartre, including Roland, her current boyfriend, crazy. When Marie falls in love with Georges, a humble carpenter, the jealous Roland tries to violently remove his rival.
Documentary series: Carla Simón. Female power in cinema
On Thursday, 28 September, the series Carla Simón. Feminine Power in Film will come to CaixaForum+. In five episodes, the director from Alcarràs reflects on five short films and five feature films, all directed by women. In each of these episodes, the filmmaker gives us her opinion on the chosen directors, highlights what attracts her to these films, talks about her profession and her cinematographic references, and also gives us a series of answers, of a more intimate nature, related to five major themes: desire, love, sin, creation and transformation.
The works Simón discusses throughout the series include feature films such as Catherine Breillat's À ma soeur! (2001), Sally Potter's Orlando (1992) and Vera Chytilová's The Daisies (1966), and short films such as Chantal Akerman's J'ai faim, j'ai froid (1984) and Les résultats du féminisme (1906) by the pioneer Alice Guy- Blaché, among many others. Through these five capsules, we approach an interesting film selection designed by Carla Simón, but also the director's way of understanding cinema and seeing life.
This series arrives at CaixaForum+ to coincide with the opening of the exhibition Revered and Feared. Female power in art and beliefs, which can be visited from 27 September at CaixaForum Madrid. Within the framework of this exhibition, a film series curated by Carla Simón herself has been programmed, in which the films she has selected will be screened.
New episode of the Echoes podcast
A new episode of Echoes, a project of sound essays on the contemporary world co-produced by CaixaForum+ and Podium Podcast, is now available on the platform. Narrated by Jorge Carrión, with original music and editing by Andreu Quesada, the podcast explores the culture, technology and science of the contemporary world through sound. And it is, in itself, a profoundly sonorous experience.
"Echo Sounders of the Galapagos Islands" is the title of this special episode about the voices and desires of non-humans, the testimony of those who live in the Galapagos archipelago and the dreamlike dimension of travel. The Galapagos Islands, in the waters off Ecuador, is the mythical territory of iguanas and sea turtles, and of Charles Darwin. But it is also a paradise for bioacoustics, because of the absence of noise pollution, an experiment in ecological engineering and an ideal setting for metaphors, poetry and reflection on the dreams of humans and other animals. The new episode features quotes from David M. Peña-Guzmán and Anne Rice; interviews with a Galapagos hawk, a giant tortoise, Vanessa Gallo, Robertina Šebjanič and Captain Neira; a poem by Isabel Zapata; the ideas of Jorge Carrión and the drumming of Andreu Quesada, and the support of the Quo Artis Foundation.
Pódcast Masters of Journalism: Miguel Ángel Gozalo
On 28 September, CaixaForum+ will premiere a new episode of the second season of the podcast Maestros del periodismo, dedicated to the veteran journalist Miguel Ángel Gozalo. Throughout his long career, he has been director of the daily Informaciones, deputy director of the newspaper Madrid, as well as correspondent of the daily ABC in Bonn and Paris, and director of the news services of Cadena SER and its emblematic programme, Hora 25. In 1976 he joined Televisión Española, where he has directed, at various stages, news programmes (Redacción de noche), cultural programmes (El arte de vivir) and debate programmes (Derecho a discrepar). He was director of TVE in 1982, a member of the Board of Directors of RTVE and a contributor to radio talk shows on the Onda Cero and COPE channels. He was director of Agencia EFE, and also president of the Spanish section of the International Press Institute. In recent years, without leaving the written press, he has also participated in radio and television talk shows, on programmes such as Las mañanas de RNE.
The podcast Maestros del periodismo (Masters of Journalism) brings together the experiences and experiences of great figures in the profession. The Madrid Press Association, which produces the podcast, aims with this strategic project to preserve the memory of journalism through its protagonists and to extol the pride of being a journalist.
The first seven episodes of this new season of the podcast, dedicated to Maruja Torres, José María García, Pilar Urbano, Pedro J. Ramírez, Rosa Montero, Miguel Ángel Aguilar and Nativel Preciado, are now available on CaixaForum+.