“My work has two strands: the first one deals with direct political images of violence, aggression and protest, mostly in Israeli-Palestinian context. It’s critique of news media, researching the complex, both realistic and surrealistic aspects of these images. The second strand of videos is more abstract and universal, dealing with cognitive, environmental and existential issues,” says the director about his works.
Cabbale Cannibal // Cábala caníbal (Orig.)
Daniel V. Villamediana
2015 / Spain, Switzerland / 64 min
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Villamediana uses his family history to unravel hidden memories of kabbala in Spain. With contemporary images, found footage, archival material, film, literature and ancient Hebrew texts, he creates a new cinematic language for unearthing cultural history.
Fact and fiction mingle in a remarkably detailed film essay that utilises fascinating split-screen images to reveal how small elements in everyone's life are accidentally linked to major events in cultural history. Filmmaker and critic Daniel V. Villamediana tries to get a grip on hidden memories of Spanish kabbala using his family's Jewish history. He utilises the complex structure of a Hebrew text as the basis for a new cinematic language. Stories of diaspora, exile and exodus from family history meld with Spanish history in which heterodoxy, freedom and rebellion were always threatened. Villamediana lives in Germany and his films seek out cultural idiosyncrasies. Using his contemporary reality, the German context and this era, he manages to open history up to dig down to obscured memories. IFFR
|Director||Daniel V. Villamediana|
|Screenplay||Daniel V. Villamediana|
|Dir. of Photography|
|Editing||Daniel V. Villamediana|
|Music||La reverencia, Divina Mysteria|
Phone: (+41) 76 372 21 96
Festival de Cine Europeo ...
Festival de Cine Europeo de Sevilla. November 2014
Rotterdam International film festival. January 2015
Cine Latino Film festival Tübingen. April 2015
DOCMA, Madrid, Casa encendida
Museo Reina Sofía de Madrid
International Film Festival of Curitiba Biennial - FICBIC, Brazil
IBERTIGO -Muestra de Cine Iberoamericano de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria