The Year of the Discovery
17 September – 11 October, 2020
In 1992,the Barcelona Olympic Games and the Seville Expo were held in Spain. However, in the south-eastern town Cartagena, the protests sparked by the industrial crisis became increasingly violent and resulted in a mass uprising that culminated in the burning of the Autonomous Community’s parliament.
In this Programme:
El año del descubrimiento (The Year of the Discovery)
An introduction from filmmaker Luis López Carrasco
The Year of the Discovery
Luis López Carrasco was 11 years old when he saw the Spanish town Cartagena’s parliament burn on TV. A significant fact is that, now, those around him in his adulthood don’t seem to remember. With his second feature, The Year of the Discovery—a split-screen epic of 200 minutes and 45 characters—he tries to understand the economic, social and political events that led to it. Drawing on the testimonies by those who remember it, the film travels back in time to present workers and unemployed people, of all different ages, discussing at a café the various political and personal concerns of that time.
Individual memories thus become grouped in a film-document for present and future generations, atoning for a collective pact of forgetfulness as recent as not even 30 years ago. What happened on an economical and political level is not foreign to many other countries: the Spanish liberal government pushed for an accelerated process of de-industrialisation in the name of a supposed economical progress, leaving the working class in distraught and the trade unions in despair.
That the viewer spends the almost entirety of the film listening to these more or less casual conversations, immersed in the interior of a café is of no small significance. A bold and effective storytelling choice from López Carrasco which mimics that original act of him and his co-screenwriter Raúl Liarte who—imbued in a remarkable spirit of civic commitment— interviewed the workers and union leaders who had rarely been heard before. A monumental ode to the role of cinema as an act of listening and of rescuing from oblivion what dominant History might not want to keep a memory of. —Ana David
2017 ALIENS – 23 min
2016 FUENTE GRANDE – 15 min
2013 EL FUTURO – 68 min
LUIS LÓPEZ CARRASCO (Murcia, Spain, 1981) is a filmmaker and writer. In 2008 he co-founded Los Hijos, an experimental cinema and documentary collective. His work has been shown in numerous international film festivals like Locarno, Rotterdam, Toronto, NYFF Film Society of Lincoln Center, BAFICI or Viennale and contemporary art centres like Museo Nacional Reina Sofía, Museo Guggenheim, Centre Georges Pompidou or ICA London.
Mar del Plata International Film Festival, Distrital Film Festival, Lima Independiente Film Festival, CGAI and Arteleku dedicated monographic focus of Los Hijos work. European Film Festival Paliç awarded his career with Underground Spirit Award 2015. Their first feature-length film, Los materiales, was awarded with the Jean Vigo Prize for Best Direction (Punto de Vista International Film Festival 2010) and International Jury’s Special Mention (FiD Marseille 2010).
El Futuro, his first solo film, was premiered in Locarno International Film Festival 2013, screened in more than fifty international festivals and awarded in BAFICI 2014, Lima Independiente 2014, Uruguay Winter Festival 2014 and IBAFF 2014.
He is also producer of True Love (Ion de Sosa, 2011) and Sueñan los androides, (Ion de Sosa, 2014), premiered in Berlinale 2015 and executive producer of Nuestra Amiga La Luna (Velasco Broca, 2016), premiered in Locarno International Film Festival 2016.
His last short film, ALIENS, was premiered in Locarno Festival 2017 and awarded in Doxufest Kosovo, FIDOCS, Cinespagna Toulouse and FICA 2017.
Luis López Carrasco
Production CountriesSpain Switzerland