13, a Ludodrama about Walter Benjamin

During the last seven years of his life, Walter Benjamin lived in exile in France. This intellectual giant who dedicated his rich inner life to studying the contradictions of the 20th century saw Europe crumble while creating his main work. The film by Carlos Ferrand, animated by the spirit of Benjamin, traces freely the last seven years of his life in Paris. 13 chapters of adventurous essays outline a portrait of the philosopher. The film is composed of notes, quotations and varied styles, ranging from the film archive to the animation, to its correspondence with Arendt, Adorno and Brecht. Ferrand uses the places where Benjamin lived as well as fragments of the book «The Book of the Passages». Everything ended tragically, both for Europe and for Benjamin himself, but thanks to his insistence on protecting freedom of thought, it was the Jewish-German thinking that had the last word. A word more necessary than ever.

With the presence of Carlos Ferrand

Free Entrance.

Carlos Ferrand:

Was born in Lima, Peru. For the past 35 years he has worked in filmmaking as a screenwriter, director of photography and director. He has directed more than forty films and videos, including “Cimarrones”, “Cuervo”, “Il parle avec les loups”, “Visionnaries” and “Casa Loma”. As a director of photography, he has collaborated on productions such as Céline Baril’s “Du pic au cœur”, Jean-Philippe Duval’s “Lumière des oiseaux” and Catherine Martin’s “L’esprit des lieux” and “Dans les villes”. He works in both fiction and documentary. He lives in Montréal.
In 1971, with Marcela Robles, Nenée Herrera, Pedro Neira and Raúl Gallegos, they found the group Cine de Liberación sin Rodeos, and they take the initiative to propose to the National System of Social Mobilization Support (SINAMOS) the production of a medium-length film that portrays one day in the life of four children of the town of Ollantaytambo in Cusco. It was so that “Children” (1974) led to the creation of this group. Subsequently, the group visited much of Peru, which allowed them to develop an ethnographic observation coupled with a powerful image work innovating, with few resources, in the forms of audiovisual production of the time.

Carlos Ferrand
Canada, 2017
V.O.S.E.
73 m

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