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Photo of Manuel Esteban
Photo of Manuel Esteban

Manuel Esteban

[Ferran Mascarell on Manuel Esteban]: He was an advocate for freedom.

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    VAMPIR

    Pere Portabella Spain, 1971

    Pere Portabella—master of the avant-garde, politician, and all-around renaissance man, made this mysterious film; which follows Christopher Lee. Shot on the fly in between scenes in the crevices of another films shoot, Vampir is an evocative investigation into narrative, myth, and Spanish cinema.

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    UMBRACLE

    Pere Portabella Spain, 1972

    Experimental Catalan director Pere Portabella is highly praised—vividly by Jonathan Rosenbaum—yet under-known, and it’s films like this poetic, fragmentary attack on Franco’s “official Spain” which make him essential. An avant-garde firebomb starring, believe it or not, Christopher Lee!

    GENERAL REPORT

    Pere Portabella Spain, 1977

    The lucid, radical work of Pere Portabella creates an invaluable space for rethinking reality, fiction and the political dimension of both. With this monumental landmark of activist cinema, the filmmaker dissects a crucial moment in Spain’s history: its transition from dictatorship to democracy.

    EL SOPAR

    Pere Portabella Spain, 1974

    Pere Portabella’s El Sopar attests to his political involvement around the time of Spain’s transition to democracy, as he invited ex-political prisoners to meet and speak about detention. Made clandestinely and in the strictest secrecy, it was an act of transgression to Franco’s repressive regime.

    ACCIÓ SANTOS

    Pere Portabella Spain, 1973

    This avant-garde short captures something of the unique relationship of exchange between two Catalan conceptualists: composer Carles Santos and his lifelong collaborator, the experimental filmmaker Pere Portabella. And the object of the film? To record an electrifying performance of Chopin.

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