The Film Archive of Andalusia
A palatial building for watching cinema right at the heart of the Jewish quarter. In the 16th century the building itself was the main hospital of Córdoba, and in 1989 it opened up one of its patios to become the centre of operations for the Film Library of Andalusia (la Filmoteca de Andalucía).
Pablo García Casado was named director in 2008. “Everyone working here loves cinema, from the cleaner to me”, he explains. A poet who has published titles such as Las afueras, El mapa de América and Dinero, and have attained national recognition with various national awards, García Casado has taken on the responsibility of caring for this institution out of his love of cinema. When he talks about his job, it is not in vain that he speaks of his “third daughter”.
Together their team is working to create a cultural network throughout Andalusia (their other centre is in Granada).”We don’t want to just focus on individual events or to just speculate in culture. You can spend a million Euros to bring Kim Basinger, or you can dedicate a million Euros to create film workshops of a high level that run throughout the entire year”, he clarifies. García Casado wants to turn the film archives into a constant refuge for film lovers, putting the world of cinema at their disposal and hopefully infect them with the kind of respect for cinema with which he is imbued. At the ripe age of seventeen, he witnessed the creation of the Filmoteca in his home town, and was able to see two of his obsessions, Paris, Texas by Win Wenders and Raging Bull by Martin Scorsese.
An entire team of specialists work shoulder to shoulder on the upper floor of the building. Their job is not easy. Apart from projecting movies, they restore, recover and research films with the help of the FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives). “We are fighting against the clock”, explains García Casado. “35 mm films are disappearing and Blu-ray is achieving fantastic results. However I still think 35 mm gives the best results, even with its many hiccups and glitches”. While Blu-ray has roughly five times the detail of a DVD movie, it will never offer the same standard of quality of 35 mm films. That old, flavourful taste that can’t be replicated. “We projected Vertigo by Hitchcock on 35 mm, and when we left the theatre, all of us looked at each other as if to say “Tremendous!”.
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These books related to The Film Archive of Andalusia may interest you.
- • VV.AA. Dentro y Fuera de Hollywood: la tradición independiente en el cine norteamericano. Ediciones de la Filmoteca. Valencia, 2004.
- • Heredero y Monerde. Los ‘nuevos cines’ en España. Ediciones de la Filmoteca. Valencia, 2003.
- • Diamante, Julio. Cine, cultura, libertad: contra las sombras y el silencio: teoría y práctica de la Semana Internacional de Cine de Autor. Junta de Andalucía y Berenice. Córdoba, 2007.
- • VV.AA. China siglo XXI: desafíos y dilemas de un cine independiente (1992-2007). Junta de Andalucía y Berenice. Córdoba, 2007.
These films related to The Film Archive of Andalusia may interest you.
- • Zambrano, Benito. Solas. 1999.
- • VV.AA. Pack Andalucía es de cine. Canal Sur.
- • Lang, Fritz. Los sobornados. Columbia Pictures, 1953.
- • Ford, John. El hombre tranquilo. Argosy Pictures, 1952.
- • Scorsese, Martin. Toro salvaje. Chartoff-Winkler Productions, 1980.
- • Wenders, Wim. París, Texas. Road Movies Filmproduktion, 1984.
- • Official website for the Filmoteca of Andalusia
- • Official website for FIAF
- • Pablo García Casado on Wikipedia
- • The Filmoteca on Twitter