Tuesday 03/11 at 6:30pm in Herter 301
"Mercado de Futuros" (‘Futures Market’, 2011). The abandonment and demolition of an old house, with all its furniture, plentiful library and replete with personal memories, serves as the starting point for this film, which tries to portray aspects of the new world. The camera peers into real state furor turned showroom and promise of financial gain (or paradise). In the hands of financial investment brokers, gurus and other preachers of success and mythology, personal and collective memories, dreams and desires are ultimately transformed into merchandising. Beginning with the Greek poet Simonides’ invention of the “memory palace” – in which memories are arranged in an imagined physical space – the film suggests that the recent flurry of credit-fueled property development has depleted not only national treasuries, but also the distinctive character of these nation’s cities and therefore their cultural memory too.
Mercedes Álvarez (Aldealseñor, 1966) is a director who infuses her documentaries with a poetic and emotional style. She completed a Master's degree in Creative Documentary at the University Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona in 1998, and three years later she worked as an editor on José Luís Guerín’s film "En construcción". In 2004 she directed her first film, "El cielo gira", which won critical acclaim at numerous renowned film festivals including the Tiger Award at the Rotterdam Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Paris Film Festival, and the Premio Unosguardo for Best Film. Álvarez settled in Catalonia in 2007 where she began her work on the feature film "Mercado de futuros", co-produced by TV3 (Television of Catalonia) and TVE (Spanish Television). The film premiered in 2011, and, like her first film, won prizes at the world’s most important film festivals, including: the Prix Regard Neuf de l’Etat de Vaud at Visions du Réel, the Special Mention at the BAFICI, or the Premio Navaja de Buñuel of RTVE’s Versión Española.
In Spanish and Catalan with English subtitles and presented by Marta del Pozo. Pizza and sodas will be served.