Reading Images: The Cinepoem
Where: Palau de la Virreina
La Rambla, 99

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Reading Images: The Cinepoem
Safaa Fathy and María Virginia Jaua - 'Film Poetry and Poetry in Film'

24.03.2017 – 28.03.2017

Safaa Fathy and María Virginia Jaua
Friday 24 and Tuesday 28 March, 6.30 pm.
Free entrance, limited places. Virreina LAB
The sessions may be held simultaneously in French, Spanish and English

The second form of relation between poetry and film takes the form of a poem written and directed either by the poets themselves or by a director. Here we review the aesthetic forms of the disjunction between seeing and hearing, between the audible and the visible, through filmed poems. The first example of this type of poetry brought to the screen is Mallarme’s poem A Throw of the Dice Never Will Abolish Chance (Un coup de dés jamais n'abolira le hasard) in the 1977 film by Straub & Huillet Every Revolution is a Throw of the Dice (Toute révolution est un coup de dés). In this same category of poems we find Soap (Le savon) and Bread (Le pain) by Francis Ponge.

The first session will analyse the forms and modes of filming poems written in a given language and their translation into images. The relations between the word (audible) and the image (visible) form the main thread. The film-poem by Safaa Fathy A Name to the Sea can serve as an example of this type of encounter.

The second session will be dedicated to another work by Safaa Fathy, still being filmed, on Yazidi and Christian refugees from Iraq who have been forced to leave due to the occupation of their ancestral lands by Daesh. This work consists in transforming the stories of the tragedy of their lives into filmed poems.

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