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 nine selected works will be shown from the 22nd till the 30th of June 2020 on MUBI's cinema publication, the Notebook. The selection was made by the programmers of MUBI and FILMADRID.
Herbarium by Francisca Lila
Film stories usually focus on human subjects while elements such as flowers, plants or trees fulfill a symbolic role often disregarded, yet essential. With Cahiers du Cinéma edition of April 2019 as a starting and inspiration point, this cinematographic herbarium seeks to bring value to the place of plants in films.