06/10/2015

WHAT A MOVIE: ‘Investment’ by Marcel Juan

This short film directed by Marcel Juan opens a section that collects documentaries and audiovisual fiction pieces that deal with any matter from a humanistic point of view.

Marcel Juan is a director and photographer from Barcelona. He studied graphic design, but his interest in photography and the moving image has gradually taken an interest in these areas . His audiovisual and images owe much to the graphic influences he received in the early years of his career and are marked by a particular sense of tempo, framing, aesthetics and light. In his work he highlights the taste for poetic, human, and sometimes certain notes of humor and surrealism. He has directed commercials, music videos, fashion films, mini-series for television, curtains for multiple channels, films and audiovisual museum of the Brazil Cup in Rio de Janeiro. You can learn and deepen their work and creative universe on his own website: www.marceljuan.com

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Pero esta terca repetición de una lógica de conceptos y relaciones de ideas no hace sino poner de manifiesto lo ilógico de la situación de los humanos y empieza a dolernos lo que vemos, la ironía nos abofetea y el tinglado queda desvelado. Ya no hay razones para la risa, a partir de ahora veremos todo aquello que se ocultaba debajo de las retóricas explicaciones y que revela el destino del hombre, aquél que no conquistó sus derechos como ciudadano y por eso debe disputar la basura con los cerdos. Jorge Furtado dirigió en 1989 este corto documental utilizando el itinerario que hace un tomate como base para formular una crítica de la miseria humana, haciendo patente la cadena de relaciones que la construyen y la hacen invisible, que la sitúan como una parte lógica del orden social y económico en el que vivimos y que debido a su permanencia en el tiempo ya nos parece esencial y no accidental.The irony appears from the beginning and over a black background and with stark cynicism we can read 'This is not a fiction film', 'There is a place called the Island of Flowers' and 'God does not exist'. The rhetoric continues to parody and laughter is installed with a repetitive sequence of images and concepts that seem be explained to an alien. From tomato to the tower of Babel, from a perfume seller to the global economy, from barter to Capitalism, from Da Vinci to the atomic bomb, everything is rational, explanatory, looking a place for each element and a site for each phenomenon within the apparent human logic, with its highly developed brain and its opposable thumbs. But this stubborn repetition of a logic of concepts and relations of ideas merely highlight the illogic of the situation of human being and what we see begins to hurt, irony slaps us and plot is revealed. There is no more reason for laughter, from now we will see all that is hidden beneath the rhetorical explanations and reveals the destiny of man, a man who did not win their rights as a citizen and therefore should dispute the garbage to pigs. Jorge Furtado directed this short documentary in 1989 using the route that makes a tomato as a basis to formulate a critique of human misery, making clear the chain of relationships that construct and make it invisible, place it as a logical part of the social and economic order in which we live and that because its continuance in time it already seems essential and not accidental." 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He then went on to become one of the most charismatic reporters at 'Caiga quien caiga' on Telecinco, in which he broke a record: minute and a half of silence in front of a interviewed. Then came 'El gallinero' on Telecinco, 'Pecados capitales' and 'Hoy no hay siesta' with Juanjo de la Iglesia on Localia TV and 'Vamos a cocinar' with Chef José Andrés and 'Extra' on TVE. He has also done theater, 'Adictos al régimen' and 'Parlando humor', all with Juanjo de la Iglesia. He is author of two books, 'El libro de los jefes' and 'Tonino, luego existo' and has contributed to various publications as Cartelera Turia, El Mundo, El Economista, El Semanal or Público." 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En 1998 le fue concedido el Premio Nobel de Literatura. La Academia Sueca destacó su capacidad para 'volver comprensible una realidad huidiza, con parábolas sostenidas por la imaginación, la compasión y la ironía'. En este discurso de carácter político, bien estructurado y valiente, nos advierte —o más bien nos recuerda— que la alternativa al voraz neoliberalismo está dentro de cada uno de nosotros, y se llama conciencia.José Saramago was a Portuguese novelist, poet, journalist and playwright. In 1998 he was awarded with the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Swedish Academy highlighted his 'ability to make understandable an elusive reality with parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony'. In this speech, with a high political accent, well structured and brave, he warns us —or rather remembers us— that the alternative to this voracious neoliberalism is inside each of us and it is called awareness." 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