Documenta Madrid starts its 18th edition with the Spanish release of Luke Fowler’s Patrick and a performance of the musician Jorge Socarrás

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Fotograma de 'Patrick' de Luke Fowler

Documenta Madrid, the International Film Festival organized by City Council of Madrid, starts this afternoon its 18th edition. The opening ceremony will count on the presence of James Lattimer and Cecilia Barrionuevo, artistic curators of the festival; Gonzalo de Pedro, artistic director of Cineteca Madrid, venue of the Cultural Area of the City Council of Madrid; and Jorge Socarrás, musician and Patrick Cowley’s collaborator.

Luke Fowler’s work has long asked how we come to know someone in their absence. He has explored this question by creating posthumous portraits of individuals. In ‘Patrick’, his latest short film, the artist sums up the formal approaches and thematic concerns that go through his works doing a portrait of Patrick Cowley, gay artist pioneer of the electronic music in San Francisco that died from AIDS in 1982. The short film explores his legacy, putting interviews with his contemporaries, images of his correspondence and archive between luminous and impressionist fragments of California and the urban landscapes that he called home, all connected by Cowley’s own dynamic sounds.

‘Patrick’ will also be screened on May 28th and June 6th in the retrospective ‘Luke Fowler: A Certain Predilection for Things Out of the Ordinary’ in Museo Reina Sofía. Tickets for this and the rest of the screenings of the Festival are on sale in the official website of Documenta Madrid. 

18th International Film Festival Documenta Madrid
Documenta Madrid, the International Film Festival of the City Council of Madrid with the collaboration of other cultural outlets of Madrid and organised by Cineteca Madrid, a space of the Cultural Area of the City Council of Madrid, lands again in Madrid and from Madrid to Spain on its online format, to para offer the best cinema from all over the world, focusing on contemporary cinema and specially on new aesthetic proposals, films that explore the new audio-visual forms no matter their definition, duration, gender or category. It takes place from May 26th to June 6th in its on-site version, and between May 31st and June 6th online through the VOD platform Filmin. The awards ceremony will take place on May 30th.

For the second year in a row, the artistic curatorship of the festival will be entrusted to two prestigious international programmers, under the direction of Cineteca Madrid: Cecilia Barrionuevo, artistic director of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival, and James Lattimer, programmer of the Berlinale Forum. This year, the three sections together will give more than 36.000 euros in prizes for the films and the awarded projects. Both the International and the National Competitive Sections will award three prizes each: The Jury Award for Best Film, worth €10,000 for each section, the Fugas Award, worth €5,000 also for each section, and the Cineteca Madrid Audience Award, worth €1,000 for each section and awarded based on votes cast by spectators both in person and online. For the first time, the films selected for the Final Cut will compete for a cash prize of €4,000.

In addition, the jury may award a special mention for each category - National Competition, International Competition and Final Cut - consisting of a diploma. And films in the National Competitive Section will also compete for the CineZeta Award, conferred by the young programmers of CineZeta, at Cineteca Madrid, which will also consist of a diploma.

Documenta Madrid will release a total of 24 films from 15 different nationalities in its National and International competing sections. Some of them have been recently released in festivals like Sundance, Visions du Réel, Berlinale or Rotterdam and others will have their world premiere in Documenta Madrid.