The central work of this month’s programme, curated by Esperanza Collado, is The Room Called Heaven, the most recent film from Los Angeles-based Spanish filmmaker, Laida Lertxundi. Lertxundi’s filmmaking expresses situations of process: perceptual processes, film production processes, and the process in which a film runs from one reel to the other.
The notion of process connects The Room Called Heaven with the structural reflections of Hollis Frampton’s Lemon – an exploration of luminous modulation unrolling in time, translated to the volumetric illusion of space – and the positioning of the cinematographic medium between a mobile condition and a static one, as suggested in James Benning’s Ten Skies.
These three masterpieces make up a powerful programme of plastic beauty and insightful reflection that should not to be missed.
FILM INFO:Lemon: 7 minutes, U.S.A., 1969, Colour, DVD; The Room Called Heaven: 11 minutes, Spain-U.S.A., 2012, Colour, 16mm; Ten Skies: 99 minutes, U.S.A., 2004, Colour, 16mm