In collaboration with the Catalan Library Service, from the 2nd to the 7th of September the Filmoteca is showing a series of films dealing with censorship, such as “Howl”, “Holy Flying Circus” or "Monty Python's The LIfe of Brian"
From the 2nd to the 7th of September the Filmoteca de Catalunya presents Banned, a series of films dealing with the censorship and persecution that both literature and film have suffered throughout their respective histories.
With this series the film centre once again renews its collaboration with the Servei de Biblioteques (Library Service) of the Generalitat and, on this occasion, with the added novelty of the architectural installation Library of Lost Books, by Anupama Kundoo, that is on display in front of the Filmoteca in the Plaça de Salvador Seguí and which forms part of the project BCN RE.SET.
Banned will screen a total of five films. In This is not a film, Iranian Jafar Panahi, who was placed under house arrest and not permitted to shoot films freely, deals with censorship from the perspective of his own situation. This is not a film will be screened accompanied by the short film Prohibido no leer (Forbidden not to read), which deals with the censorship that some children’s books were subjected to in Argentina during the Varela regime. José Luis Cubillo, for his part, makes his personal tribute to Panahi with the film Película al estilo de Jafar Panahi (A Film in the style of Panahi). The first two of these films will be presented by journalist, poet and novelist Salem Zenia on the 2nd and 5th of September while Cubillo Fernández will present his own film on the 2nd and the 6th.
On the 3rd and 5th of September the Filmoteca will be showing Holy Flying Circus, presented by journalist Patrícia Gabancho. The film deals with the enormous scandal that the film Monty Python's The Life of Brian caused on the day of its debut as well as the subsequent problems suffered by its authors, British comedy group Monty Python. In fact, the Filmoteca has scheduled finally a projection of Monty Python's The Life of Brian, which will be on Friday 5th. The other film in the series is Howl, a film about the North American poet and counter-culture figure Allan Ginsberg directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and starring James Franco. Howl will be presented by actress and poet Estel Solé on the 4th and the 7th of September.
The series Banned will take place in the Filmoteca de Catalunya between the 2nd and the 7th of September. Entry is priced at 4 euros and more information is available here.
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