Thursday 30 January 2014
Institute of Contemporary Arts - Catalan Observatory
Screeningof Eyes on the Sky (Mirant al cel), dir. Jesús Garay, Spain, 2008, 83 min, in Catalan with English subtitles
Followed by a Q&A session with Prof. Paul Preston
Time: 20.30 h
Place: Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH
With the collaboration of Institut Ramon Llull
Jesús Garay’s Mirant al cel uses the fictional character Maria as a vehicle to explore the historical bombings of Barcelona, one of the most brutal events to hit Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War. Making use of mixed visual media, including photography, documentary and newspaper articles, this film blurs the boundaries between reality and fiction and puts into question the central issues of memory and truth in reference to the Spanish Civil War, a subject that has received much attention, both in British and Spanish press in recent years.
Following the film screening, the extensive and engaging knowledge that Prof. Paul Preston demonstrated during the Q&A session delighted the packed auditorium and encouraged new faces to the Catalan Observatory in pursuing their interest in Catalonia and the Spanish Civil War. Throughout, Prof. Preston highlighted the power of visual imagery that films such as Mirant al cel provide in illuminating the events that the people of Spain faced during the Spanish Civil War.
Paul Preston and Ramon Lamarca