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PROJECTION OF THE FILM ‘AZUL SIQUIER’ Azul Siquier Almería Blue:
I have the feeling of having praised the photographs of Carlos Pérez Siquier thousands of times, and I do not exaggerate much. It's not that I'm uncomfortable doing it, it's that I would like to feel that what is said (at least by me) about one of the best photographers that this country has given us, is fixed, like old photos, forever. It's not that he deserves it, it's just a question of doing him justice, nothing more, nothing less.

he deserves it, it's just a question of doing him justice, nothing more, nothing less. Anyway, I'm glad that, in recent years, his work, his figure, has taken up its rightful place, both inside our country, and out. Books are published, exhibitions are held, museums are opened ... it was about time! For my part, I shot a documentary that, for several reasons, took years to finish. In a way, I owed it to him. I think we've known each other for about 25 years. He came to see my films when they were on in Almería and I kept on seeing his photos and talking with him and his friends about his work.

We attempted to film this documentary in the same spirit. Indeed, “Azul Siquier” or “Azul Almería” are the same thing to any observer. Perhaps to Almerians, as they are already born with that blue on their retina, it may seem a natural phenomenon, but I assure you that it is not. Nor is the photograph of a man from this land who has known no borders, ever, among other things, because he has not had to cross them .... The blue was always here.
Felipe Vega. Director

AZUL SIQUIER (Siquier Blue)

 

AZUL SIQUIER 55 ́ / COLOUR / DOCUMENTARY / 2018 / SPAIN

Carlos Pérez-Siquier (Almería 1930) is a photographer who has spent his entire life facing the light and colour of his land, a unique place for a camera. This documentary narrates that human experience: looking through a viewfinder and finding how to catch it with so much talent. It is, in depth, the story of a look full of humour and melancholy. SIQUIER BLUE is the description of an art form and an artist who has, little by little, seen his contribution to the world of photography, the most representative means of expression of the 20th century, recognised. Pérez Siquier is not a man of many words. He devotes his time to discovering new topics to "steal" from what is real, strolling with his camera ... just in case. SIQUIER BLUE describes, in short and at once, the photographer’s every-day life, the way he works, his reflections, his life experience, the tricks of a photographer’s trade, the memories of a vanished city. In short, the gauntlet that every photographer takes up on a daily basis, thrown down by a fascinating, elusive and totally ephemeral reality.

DIRECTION Felipe Vega
PRODUCTION Belén Bernuy, Gloria Bretones
SCREENPLAY Felipe Vega
CINEMATOGRAPHY Alfonso Parra
EDITING Eva Martos
SOUND David Gutierrez

FELIPE VEGA: Eloxio da distancia (2008), Mujeres en el parque (2006), Nubes de verano (2004), Cerca del Danubio (2000), Grandes ocasiones (1998), El mejor de los tiempos (1989).


Sat 17 / 9,30pm. Auditorium “Maestro Padilla”