Inside the XIII Congress of the Spanish Association of Historians about Cinema, that took place since 10th until 12th of March in the Faculty of Communication, was projected Galicia, a film by Carlos Velo, and was commemorated the 20º aniversary of the Galician Centre of Arts about Pictures.
Since 10th until 12th of March The Faculty of Communication of the University of Santiago de Compostela welcomed the XXIII Congress of the Spanish Association of Historians about Cinema. The meeting was about the Spanish Cinema made during the II Republic (1931-1939). The group Audiovisual Studies organized this event together with The Spanish Association of Historians about Cinema, The Faculty of Communication , the Galician Centre of Arts about Pictures and the Galician Government.
The organization thinks that the congress was a success because the scientific sessions and the papers had a high level and created rich debates. Besides, the meeting welcomed a great number of students, teachers, researchers and public in general.
The main topic of this edition was the Spanish Cinema during the II Republic and the Civil War. The concress served as a great stage to proyect, for the firs time, the recovered material, at the end of 2010, of Finis-Terrae (Galicia) directed by Carlos Velo, foundational piece of art of the Galician cinema. Until the congress, we only had preserved eight minuts of that film. After the projection, on thursday night, took place a scientific session the 11th of March, in the afternoon. During the session, the professor Margarita Ledo, toghether with Ramiro Ledo and Pablo Cayuela introduced the research work “Galicia 1936-2011. Estudos sobre o filme de Carlos Velo”, that shows in pictures the relevance of the recovered material Galicia directed by Velo. They proposed a final mounting of the piece that lasts 22 minuts.
Another special session took place on thursday in the evening: the 20º aniversary of the Galician Centre of Arts about Pictures. The director of this institution, Guillermo Escrigas, and the Communication Secretary of the Galician Government, Alfonso Cabaleiro, presided the act. At the end of the event, it were projected several Galician pieces about the II Republic.
Besides, the Spanish Association of Historians about Cinema, presided by the historian Julio Pérez Perucha, uses the act to to deliver the honor medals of the Association.The winners in 2010 were the productor Enrique Cerezo ant the actor actor Germán Cobos; while, in 2009, the director and writer Gonzalo Suárez and the director of photography Llorenç Soler got the medals. Los años rojos de Luis Buñuel by Roman Gubern and Paul Hammond , and La producción cinematográfica en España, Vicente Sempere 1935-1975 by Isabel Sempere were awared too. The rest of the winners were, in 2008, Felix Fanés, Esteve-Casimiro Torreiro Riambau in paragraph monographs; Pietsie Hub Feenstra and Hermans, in the field of compilations; and Paulino Viota and Ana Martín Morán for their articles published.
The city of Santiago, the Republican Ateneo de Galicia (ARGA), the Provincial Council, the Galician Audiovisual Consortium, the Foundation City of Culture of Galicia, Egeda Filmotech, Increcendo , Spanish Film Archive and Film Regional Francisco Rabal also colaborated with the Congress.
Click here to read the complete program of the congress.
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