Within the next few days, the Workshops of the Festival receive two prestigious figures in its program, the video artist Kogonada and the art director Simone Grau. The first one will teach a master class on Wednesday, March 9, at the Rodríguez Quegles Palacete, and his videos will be screened in the Banda à part section on Friday 11 and Saturday 12, too; the second one offers a workshop on art direction on Thursday, March 10, and Friday, March 11, at the Pérez Galdós Street’s building, seat of the festival.
Greatest exponent of a film-essay-exploring generation, Kogonada, member as well of the official jury of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival’s 16th edition, is author of certain pieces that have thousands of followers, and his works, available on Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/kogonada), are shared in social networks. Little is known about this Korea-native author of American nationality apart from his sensibility when approaching projects that reflect his particular way of looking at the cinema.
Kogonada’s short films find singularities in the eyes of different authors, from Anderson’s symmetry or Kubrick’s central vanishing point to Tarantino’s low-level shots, Bresson’s tactile world and Aronofsky’s sound.
Kogonada, according to what he revealed to the Filmmaker magazine, thinks of his work as “a way of seeing”, as a response to his father’s words, who, with a piece of wood in his hands, would tell him “to look, to see.”
Simone Grau: creativity in art direction
The express workshop on “Creativity in art direction” taught by expert Simone Grau will begin next Thursday, March 10, at the Rodríguez Quegles Palacete. Directed to people who already know the field or has some experience in it, it is a workshop that happens to be ideal, too, for those related to art direction in cinema, television, advertising or theater, as well as to filmmakers and short-film directors and art, filmmaking, production or dressing students.
Simone Grau, a regular in the fact sheet of Lars Von Trier’s films, with whom she has collaborated in titles such as Breaking the Waves, Antichrist, Dancer in the Dark or Nymphomaniac, for which she was in charge of the production design, or Melancholia, in which she worked as art director, among others. Simone Grau’s filmography includes a long list of works such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The House of the Spirits or Smilla’s Sense of Snow.
The cost of this workshop is 50 euros, 25 if student. and its schedule is from 10am to 1:30pm and 4 to 7:30pm.To register for this workshop is required to send an email to programación@lpafilmfestival.com.