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FILMADRID & MUBI: The Video Essay—“News from Taxi Driver”

A video essay exploring New York as seen through the eyes of Chantal Akerman and Martin Scorsese.
The Video Essay is a joint project of MUBI and FILMADRID Festival Internacional de Cine. Film analysis and criticism found a completely new and innovative path with the arrival of the video essay, a relatively recent form that already has 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 shown during the dates of FILMADRID (June 6 - 15, 2019) on MUBI’s cinema publication, the Notebook. There will also be a free public screening of the selected works during the festival. The selection was made by the programmers of MUBI and FILMADRID.
News from Taxi Driver by Paco Casado
The New York of News from Home was filmed in 1976, while the one of Taxi Driver was filmed in the summer of 1975. Both works reflect the same decadent city. Two visions that shift from the everyday to the existential complement each other. A resignification of Akerman's images through the voice-over of Scorsese's work.
El Nueva York de News from Home se filmó en 1976. El de Taxi Driver, el verano de 1975. Ambas obras reflejan la misma ciudad decadente. Dos visiones que van de lo cotidiano a lo existencial se complementan. Una resignificación de las imágenes de Akerman mediante la voz en off de la obra de Scorsese.

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