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Informe General II. The New Abduction of Europe

Director: Pere Portabella

Country: Spain | Year: 2015 | Duration: 126 ′

The second part of one of Pere Portabella’s historical works, “Informe general sobre unas cuestiones de interés para una proyección pública”, released in 1976 in conjunction with the beginning of the political transition process after Franco’s death. This second Informe comes in the context of a serious systemic crisis of a cultural, economic-financial, political and energy nature. And it is above all a testimony of the way in which civil society is emerging from the crisis with a new protagonism of citizen, which simply consists in the citizens’ rapprochement with politics.

Born in Figueres in 1927, Pere Portabella has maintained his political commitment with all the protest movements against the dictatorship of Francisco Franco since the 1960s. Elected senator in the first democratic elections after Franco’s death, he was also a member of the Parliament of Catalonia. At the head of Films 59, he has produced emblematic films of Spanish cinema such as Carlos Saura’s “I monelli” (1959), Marco Ferreri’s “La carrozzella” (1960) and Luis Buñuel’s Viridiana (1960). As a director, he has been active for over forty years, combining the legacy of avant-garde culture with a language of rupture. The only Spanish artist present at Documenta XI in Kassel in 2002, in 2008 he received an honorary degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. His works have been presented in prestigious international festivals and in museums such as MoMA, Center Pompidou, Reina Sofia Museum and Tate Modern.

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