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An Open Window: Víctor Erice

Sunday, August 2, 2015
6:00 p.m. Recent Short Films of Víctor Erice
Víctor Erice (Spain, 2002–12)

In Person/ Víctor Erice
Part of It’s a Wrap! celebrating our final weekend in the PFA Theater


In recent years Erice has turned to the art of the short film, crafting several works for omnibus features that are nonetheless? able to stand on their own. A family of Spanish farmers attempt to help a sick child in Lifeline, part of 2002’s Godard/Kaurismaki/Herzog/et al. omnibus on time and fate, Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet. Ana Torrent (The Spirit of the Beehive) stars in Ana, tres minutos, from 3.11 Sense of Home, a tribute project to the 2011 Japanese earthquake that features contributions from Naomi Kawase and others. Light filters through the Broken Windows of an abandoned Portuguese factory while former workers reminisce in Erice’s section of Centro Historico, which spotlights the city of Guimarães and includes pieces by Pedro Costa, Aki Kaurismaki, and Manoel de Oliveira. Revisiting the first film Erice ever saw (the Sherlock Holmes potboiler The Scarlet Claw), La morte rouge meditates on fiction, reality, history, and cinema above all. It was one of the only shorts named in Time Out’s 101 Films of the 2000s.

—Jason Sanders

Lifeline Spain, 2002, 11 mins, In Spanish with English and Russian subtitles, Color, 35mm, Courtesy TIFF's Film Reference Library, permission Nautilus Films

Ana, tres minutos Spain, 2011, 3 mins, In Spanish with English electronic titling, Color, DVD, From Nautilus Films

Broken Windows Portugal, 2012, 35 mins, In Portuguese with English subtitles, Color, DCP, From Nautilus Films

La morte rouge Spain, 2006, 32 mins, In Spanish with English electronic titling, Color, DigiBeta, From Nautilus Films

Total running time: 81 mins