Capital Celluloid 2020 – Day 46: Sat Feb 15

Hortensia/Béance (Maenza, 1969/2020): Close-Up Cinema, 7.30pm

Close-Up Cinema introduction:
Pere Portabella, producer of Hortensia/Beancé, said of the film's director, José Antonio Maenza: “He was consumed by his own voracity, was against his time”' Maenza made three works in his short, intense career characterised by the concerns of revolution, sexuality, Marxism, Situationism, ritual and collage; the last of which, Hortensia/Beancé is an exercise in filmmaking as political and revolutionary act, a chaotic and explosive social experiment expressed on film but left unfinished at the time of Maenza's death (in late 1979 he was found seriously wounded near his home with signs of having been beaten and died a few days later – the circumstances of his death remain unclear). The screening copy which premieres at Close-Up and closes the London-wide Pere Portabella film survey has been specially edited for the occasion by Pere Portabella and Marcelo Expósito, with a total running time of 105 minutes. We are delighted to announce the attendance of Pere Portabella at this event.
Here (and above) is an extract.

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