WHO IS EUGENIO BARBA is a very detailed documentary about the life of The Master Eugenio Barba. It deals with the great director through the lens of his close collaborators-actors of ODIN Teatret, the expositions of academics, and, notably, the testimonies of artists that met him and were influenced by his artistry/craftmanship.
Actors, directors, theatre theorists demonstrate the man that reconfigured the Art of Theatre. An account on the world renowned director and theatre theorist Eugenio Barba’s unique approach to the theatrical art.
In July, 2019, Εugenio Barba was conferred a honorary doctorate at the Department of Theatre Studies of the University of Peloponnese. A three day conference – homage to the prominent theatre practitioner was held concurrently at the European Cultural Centre of Deplphi, where Theatre academics expounded on the art and the technique of Εugenio Barba and the theatre group he created in Denmark, ODIN Teatret. At the same time, Teatret ODIN’s troupe in its entirety, on the spot for this grand tribute, staged the ensemble performance, Inside the skeleton of the Whale and the legendary monologic performances Ave Maria με την Julia Varley, Judith με την Roberta Carreri. Moreover, Teatret ODIN’s actors, but also Εugenio Barba himself, carried out some of the acclaimed workshops of ODIN Teatret.
The proceedings of these days were filmed by Magdalini Remoundou and comprised the materials for the creation of the documentary WHO IS ΕUGENIO BARBA produced by RGB STUDIOS. Here we have e strong job of editing Between this footage and Odin’s Archive videos. The director who sign the film and the writer is again Magdalini Remoundou, while the screenwriter is Magdalini Remoundou. The rhythm of the editing is very involving and follows the flows of the life of Eugenio. Also the post production on the footage is very delicate to respect the authenticity of the repertoire.
You can really appreciate thought the storytelling the director built the evolution of the language Barba creates on stage and how the company around him grows year after years, show after show.
Lot of them decide to join Eugenio Barba Before because of his way of thinking, after to become an actress, actor or musician. From every interview of his collaborator you can learn about the method in the research of Barba and the strong relationship among all of them. An unique example of good company. Moreover you can appreciate the greatness of his personality.
Eugenio Barba, 1936, grew up in Gallipoli and attended classical high school at the military college of Nunziatella, in Naples. In 1954, he emigrated to Norway where he worked in Oslo as a tinsmith and welder and, for two years, as a sailor on a Norwegian freighter. He graduated from the University of Oslo in French and Norwegian literature and the history of religions, continuing his work as a worker. In 1960 he lived for six months in a kibbutz in Israel.
In October 1964 he founded Odin Teatret in Oslo. Two years later, with his theater he emigrated to Denmark, in the small town of Holstebro. In more than fifty years of activity, Odin Teatret and Eugenio Barba have become a legend of contemporary theater: a handful of people who have gained the influence of an independent theatrical tradition. They invent their own way of transmitting experiences both in practice (with an intense activity of seminars and internships), and by publishing books and filmed documents, thus contributing in an innovative way to the "science of theater". In 1979, Eugenio Barba founded ISTA, International School of Theater Anthropology, a traveling center for comparative studies on the principles of the actor's technique and gave the name of Theatrical Anthropology to this field of study. In 2002 he founded the Center for Theater Laboratory Studies in collaboration with the University of Aarhus.
Among the artists who profoundly worked the history of the theater of the second half of the twentieth century, Eugenio Barba is the only one to have in an innovative way in all fields of theatrical culture: artistic creation; theoretical reflection; the transmission of techniques and professional knowledge; the work on historical memory; scientific research; the use of theater in the social context, as a cross-cultural tool for the activation of relations between different social groups and ethnic groups. He always could do great shows with few elements in witch acting, music and “dance” (these us absolutely international) are the main character on the stage,
The intercultural structure of the company with actors who come from different countries and with contacts with spectacular genres and traditions from other continents have had consequences on the autonomous artistic creation of Odin Teatret and on the pedagogical experiences collected in seminars, demonstrations, books and films. The producer of this documentary is Harris Mavroforakis, and even if it’s been produced in a low budget condition we cannot infer that aspect.
This film had premiered in Athens (Greece) on 5th September 2020 and won as Best Director Documentary in the September Monthly competition of Berlin Indie Film Festival.
Congratulations to all cast and crew!
Invisibles by Juan Lumé is a drama short film. This story is written by the director himself with Italo Spotorno, the main actor, and Ignacio Verdugo, the co-producer with Lumè. The story starts when Andres, a 38-year-old property broker, receives an offer to sell a house, which he does not hesitate to accept. After the difficulties suffered during the past years, he has worked hard to restore his situation. The day begins with a visit to a house on the outskirts of the city, which provides Andres with a strange mixture of restlessness and peace. When he opens the door, for some reason, the image causes him a jolt of unease: a slight, irrational shiver that passes quickly as it has appeared. The house looks sinister and it’s almost empty. It’s hard to imagine what kind of person lived there before. Nevertheless, gradually, Andres finds traces of his own life. Flowers in the bathroom or specific music would seem absolutely normal to most people, but for him, they are just the opposite: they are clues. Between gloomy walls and nightfall, hallucinations become confusing memories. It seems as if the person he contacted to sell the land is someone he already knows. Someone he wants to forget. But that person is now at home… The night ends, and under the sun, a deep feeling of desolation takes over reminding him of what he could not face. Dealing with a strong exploration of the past and of the unconscious, the director uses very specific camera moves to take usto the main character’s inner trip. All the shots convey this sense of research.Nicolas Sepulveda’s refined and extremely elegant cinematography sustains this research. The editing is smooth at the beginning and develops to become agitated and syncopated as the short film progresses. Another great point of Invisible is the performance of the main character, played by Italo Spotorno. The actor is remarkably intense and well directed by Juan Lumé. The audience is touched by a strong sense of suspense and fatigue in the actor’s inner search: looking back in the past is hard work for everyone that dares to do so.
The sound design is minimal and efficient in conveying the feelings of the main character. The director’s brilliant choice of the location is extremely efficient in the communication of the character’s state of mind.Obviously he’s not a novice: Juan Lumé has been a Director and Producer with over 10 years of professional experience, as well as a Founding partner of Go.Films, and a Producer dedicated to both fiction and theatre. Highlights of his career as a Director include: INVISIBLE (2021 / Short film - Fiction) Winner 1st Monthly Film Festival:Best director – Best Indie Short Film. Special mention: Short Film – Production – Actor – Thriller Short Film Winner 4th Dimension Independent Film Festival: Best director Juan Lumé -Best Actor Italo Spotorno - Best Producer Ignacio Verdugo.
Winner Chicago Indie Film Award: Best Director.
Winner Berlin Indie Film Festival: Best Director
Independent Shorts Award: Bronze Award Best Production Designer (Ignacio Verdugo) - Bronze Award Best Thriller Short – Honorable Mention for Best Director (Juan Lumé) – Actor (Italo Spotorno) and Indie Short. Semi-Finalist Berlin Shorts Award
Official Selection Prague International Indie Film Festival
Official Selection 2021 ARFF Berlin international Awards
Official Selection CKF International Film Festival
Official Selection Montreal Independent Film Festival
Official Selction IndieX Film Fest
SUMERGIDO (Submerged) 2020 / Short film - Fiction
(Semi finalist Venice Shorts 2020 - Official selection Venice Shorts 2020 - Semi FinalistSweden Films Awards September 2020 - Official selection Sweden Films Awards 2020 - Official selection Montreal Independent Films Festival 2020 - Especial Mention Londonx4 seasonal Short Films Festival Autumn 2020).
CAÍDA LIBRE (Free Fall) 2018 / Short film - Fiction Theatre Director of the play PROMETEO, launched in 2019 in the city of Montevideo, with a roaming season in Uruguay, as well as in different theatre halls in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2019. During 2015 and 2016, he presented the theatre play HANSEL Y GRETEL (play nominated to the 2017 CLAP awards with the largest 2016 audience) with two successful seasons in the theatres Coca Cola City and Centro Morí. He is currently working in the pre-production of his first feature film ASEDIO, both as Producer and Director of the project.
In addition to his work in Go.Films, he developed his career for three years as General Producer of the multi-space cultural theatre “Ladrón de Bicicletas” in Santiago – Chile. During that period, he was responsible for the following activities: Executive production – Program design of all billboard works – Sponsorship management – Coordination of activities and new hires. He has vast experience in pedagogy, teaching short film workshops in the field of Fiction at the Cultural Corporation Balmaceda 1215. He also noted, concerning this short film:
"Invisibles emerges from the concern to investigate the different reactions that our memory can have facing traumatic events and how our brain can block all its memories in front of such reaction.” We can confirm that he really reached his goals and will add that his strong experience doesn’t seem affected at all by the low production budget.For all the above mentioned reasons, INVISIBLE was awarded Best Director Short film in May 2021 by the Berlin Indie Film Festival.
DEAD OR NOT? is a very courageous Artistic short film directed by Iasonas Sigma (the artistic name for Dimitris Sdrolias), who is also the writer and producer.It deals with the story of a young woman. She wakes up in a hotel room. She gets out of bed. She washes her face, combs her hair, puts lipstick on her lips. She realizes that this is what she does day after day when she wakes up. She feels the urge to break this chain. She strips and goes to the room's balcony. She imagines that this is her last day. She smokes as if this were her last cigarette. She looks at the world as if this were her last gaze. Suddenly, she feels the urge to fall indeed from the room's balcony. She climbs and...The actress Filia Kanelopoulu is very well directed, always believable, and very realistic even if the atmosphere is surreal. This woman's day is told in a very expressionist way by the director, choosing details and fragments of the life of this woman. Even the choice of the 3/4 format conveys a sense of voyeurism and the limit of the gaze on the scene.The choice of black and white puts this story out of time, in a period that can be anytime and universal. The director of photography and camera operator is Manos Tzivakis. From the beginning, the camera movements approaching the room, and every detail of the room and the woman as if it was subjective at this choice give a strong sense of suspense. Also, the sound design created is very intense and anxious. The rhythm of the editing is both nervous and engaging.So all these elements allow the audience to be involved from the beginning to the end of this short film. So a very brave and well-done first film for this director and we can't wait to see his next film. The director is, as we wrote earlier, Iasonas Sigma, who shot this film with a very low budget, choosing an aesthetic that is so smart that it doesn't suffer from this condition. Iasonas Sigma (the artistic name for Dimitris Sdrolias) is a Greek director, philosopher, psychoanalyst, and acclaimed writer, (having won numerous prizes for his poetry, prose, and theatre plays), Doctor of Philosophy and Psychoanalysis at the National and Capοdistrian University of Athens. He attended the Hellenic Cinema and Television School Stavrakos and studied theatre at "Karolos Koun-Art Theatre" of Greece, (having played as an actor at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus) and soloistic piano at "Athens Conservatory" and the "Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst" in Stuttgart, with recitals in Greece and abroad. After his student film "ANOIKIOSIS", "DEAD OR NOT?" is his first film.
DEAD OR NOT? won the February 2021 monthly competition at the Berlin Independent Film Festival as Best Artist Film.Congratulations to all cast and crew!