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Closing Film: Rights of Man

In-Person screening

Maltings Main House
22 September 2019, 20:00 – 21:16

The Great Indomitable Circus prepares the premiere of their new performance ‘Rights of Man’. Setting up tent in a sleepy northern Spanish town, they devise changes in the style of their show. But their days become mired in meandering vaudevillian arguments, analysing the grandeur of the landscape, the simplicity of the native architecture or the quality of each other’s performances. After much back-and-forth, they end up sticking to their original script.

Introduction by filmmaker Juan Rodrigañez

The film will be preceded by the 2019 Berwick New Cinema Competition award presentation

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Rights of Man

The Great Indomitable Circus prepares the premiere of their new performance ‘Rights of Man’. Setting up tent in a sleepy northern Spanish town, they devise changes in the style of their show. But their days become mired in meandering vaudevillian arguments, analysing the grandeur of the landscape, the simplicity of the native architecture or the quality of each other’s performances. After much back-and-forth, they end up sticking to their original script. —Juan Rodrigáñez

Introduction by filmmaker Juan RodrigáñezThe film will be preceded by the 2019 Berwick New Cinema Competition award presentation

Juan Rodrigáñez’s quietly brilliant film has a timeless feel—harkening back to Fellini and Bergman’s images of the circus in La Strada and Smiles of a Summer Night, respectively—and gains steam through sharp interactions between characters who never fully reveal their motives. The filmmaker’s eye for painterly composition allows the viewer to drink in the rich images, observing with great excitement scenes that might unfold over several minutes in front of a static camera. Much is left unexplained and ambiguous, though we feel quite immediately that this is a strange, makeshift family, a band of outsiders who are more suited to performing in front of an audience to exist alongside other humans. —Herb Shellenberger

“‘Art, like bread, it’s hard on the outside, but soft on the inside,’ is the wisdom offered by one of the circus performers in Juan Rodrigáñez’s delightful Rights of Man. It was one of the last films I saw at FID [Marseille], and a perfect way to conclude the festival: a warm, playful, unpretentious, and quietly hilarious sendup of art and politics.” —Carmine Grimaldi, MUBI Notebook

Director

Juan Rodrigáñez

UK Premiere

Production Country

Spain

Production Year

2018

Duration

76 mins

Dialogue Languages

English German Spanish

Subtitle Language

English

Print Contact

Juan Rodrigáñez