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Basilio Martín Patino

October 5 – 6

Basilio Martín Patino (1930–2017) was a leading figure in the rise of the New Spanish Cinema (Nuevo Cine Español) of the 1960s. Keenly interested in the formal experimentation occurring in contemporary cinemas around the world, his early work met with severe censorship in Spain. Yet, with their distinctive documentary-like tone, location shooting, and found footage, his films were highly influential and won top awards in competition elsewhere. As early as the late 1950s Patino organized the landmark Conversaciones de Salamanca, a critical analytical forum for Spanish cinema, while in his filmmaking practice he became a pioneer of the satirical mockumentary form. This program of three works shown in 35 mm prints by Patino is presented in association with the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain on the occasion of the eightieth anniversary of the Spanish Republican exile and the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939.

still from The Lost Paradise
courtesy Spain Arts and Culture

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