The Video Essay: "Back to Theaters"

The latest FILMADRID & MUBI collaboration premiering new works of video criticism.

The Video Essay is a joint project of MUBI and FILMADRID International Film Festival. Film analysis and criticism found a completely new and innovative path with the arrival of the video essay, a relatively recent form that has already its own masters and is becoming increasingly popular. The limits of this discipline are constantly expanding; new essayists are finding innovative ways to study the history of cinema working with images. With this non-competitive section of the festival both MUBI and FILMADRID will offer the platform and visibility the video essay deserves. The seven selected works will be premiering online from June 6 - 12, 2022 on MUBI's Notebook. The selection was made by the programmers of MUBI and FILMADRID.

Back to Theaters by Victoria Oliver Farner

In cinematic language, narration is articulated according to the size of the human in the shot composition: full-length in the context of the landscape, and then only the eyes, which appear in front of us with an unknown magnificence. "Back to Theaters" returns the viewer to a non-privileged place.


En el lenguaje cinematográfico la narración se articula en función del tamaño que ocupa el humano en el plano: de cuerpo entero en el contexto del paisaje y después solo sus ojos, que aparecen con una magnificencia desconocida. “Back to theaters” devuelve al espectador a un lugar no privilegiado.

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