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Vampir-Cuadecuc + Acció Santos + introduction
Institute of Contemporary Arts

On the occasion of A WORM’S TAIL VIEW IS OFTEN THE TRUE ONE: FILMS BY PERE PORTABELLA – the most complete and ambitious retrospective of radical Catalan filmmaker Pere Portabella’s work – the ICA Cinema launches the first event of the season: a screening of Portabella’s Vampir-Cuadecuc (1971) alongside his short film Acció Santos (1973).

Made during the final years of Franco’s dictatorship, Vampir-Cuadecuc is an astonishingly creative assault on the regime and, arguably, Portabella’s most influential work. Filmed behind the scenes during the production of Jesús Franco’s Count Dracula (1970), Vampir-Cuadecuc is a highly experimental deconstruction of the illusions of narrative cinema, and, by extension, the political deceptions of government.

Acció Santos stars Portabella’s lifelong collaborator, the late conceptualist Carles Santos, who performs and records Chopin’s Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op.45.

To coincide with the retrospective, ‘anti’ record label purge.xxx are releasing a vinyl edition of Carles Santos’ soundtrack for Vampir-Cuadecuc. Produced in a limited edition of 130 copies, the record will be available to buy at the screening.

More information on the full season can be found at purge.xxx/portabella.
Albert Serra is a Spanish independent filmmaker and manager of the production company Andergraun Films. He is best known for his films Story of My Death (2013) and The Death of Louis XIV (2016).

Ben Rivers is an artist and experimental filmmaker based in London. His work has been screened at film festivals and galleries around the world and have won numerous awards. Rivers’ work ranges in themes, from unknown wilderness territories to candid and intimate portraits of real-life subjects.
With thanks to the kind support of Institut Ramon Llull and Films 59. 
£13 Full, £11 Concs/Green, £7 Blue Members

This screening is introduced by filmmakers Albert Serra and Ben Rivers, who will discuss the importance of Pere Portabella’s work in relation to their own practices.

All films are ad-free and 18+ unless otherwise stated, and start with a 10 min. curated selection of trailers.

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