José Luis Guerin
One often says of Catalan filmmaker José Luis Guerin that he makes the films of the future. With every new picture he explores the edge of cinema and tries to give it a deeper meaning. His first film, Los Motivos de Berta (1983), was presented at the festivals of Rotterdam, Locarno, London, Chicago, Montréal, Lissabon and others, and was awarded with the Sant Jordi Price for the Best Spanish Film. City Life (1988) received prices at the festivals of Berlin, Rotterdam and Montréal. With Innisfree (1990) – which was awarded with several international prizes – he returned to the small Irish village where John Ford had made The Quiet Man. He explored what impact the shooting of the film had made on the population. Tren de Sombras (Train of Shadows), the winner of the Golden Méliès 1997 and the movie that he will present to us, is a daring study about the effects of light and time, an attempt to resurrect the death on celluloid.