A Conversation with Judith Colell on Women's Cinema in the Iberian Peninsula

Mon October 31st 2022, 12:00 - 2:00pm
Event Sponsor
Clayman Institute for Gender Research
Department of Art & Art History
Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures
Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages
Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
The Europe Center
Building 260, Pigott Hall
450 Jane Stanford Way, Building 260, Stanford, CA 94305
The German Library, room 252


Judith Colell Pallarès joins us on October 31 to talk about her movie 53 días de invierno (2006) and to address the current state of affairs for women cinema creators in the Iberian Peninsula.

Before the talk, on October 27, we will screen Colell's film, 53 días de invierno / 53 Days of Winter (2006). Please join us or watch the film on your own prior to the talk.
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"Nosotras también existimos: La eclosión de las mujeres cineastas en la Península Ibérica"
En 2006, un grupo de mujeres directoras de cine españolas creamos CIMA (Asociación de mujeres cineastas) en respuesta a la sensación generalizada de nuestra invisibilidad enfrente de nuestros compañeros directores. "Es que no hay" era la respuesta cada vez que exigíamos más presencia femenina en nuestro cine. 16 años más tarde, las mujeres se han ido poco a poco situando en primera línea de la cinematografía española y europea en general. Los festivales de Cannes, Venecia y Berlín tuvieron como ganadoras a películas dirigidas por mujeres el 2021. Esta eclosión no es casual. La aparición de nuevos referentes que se empezaron a fraguar ese 2006 ha contribuido claramente a este auge del cine femenino.
Judith Colell is a Film Director and screenwriter, President of the Catalan Film Academy, Ex-Vice President of the Spanish Film Academy, and founder member of CIMA (Association of Audiovisual Women.) Born in Barcelona, she holds a PhD in Communication from the Universitat Ramon Llull, graduated from Art History at the University of Barcelona and obtained her Certificate in Film from the New York University. Combining her work as director with university teaching, she has taught cinema and script at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the Universitat of Girona, among others, and since 2017 is professor and Vice-Dean for Business in Audovisual Communication at Blanquerna (Universitat Ramon Llull.)
She has directed a number of films, including Dones/Mujeres (2001,) awarded at the Sitges Film Festival, and Elisa K (2010,) winner of the Jury’s Special Award at the San Sebastían International Film Festival, the Honorable Jury Mention at Nantes, a Goya for best adapted script and nominated to 5 Gaudí Prizes. She has also directed the telefilms Fragmentos (2003,) Positivos (2008,) Radiaciones (2012,) and El ultimo baile de Carmen Amaya (2014.) Her most recent film, 15 horas, a story of a female victim of gender violence, shot entirely in Santo Domingo, is a production of the Dominican Republic which has been recognized with the Signis Prize at the Málaga Film Festival. 
Respondent: Cristina Moreiras-Menor (University of Michigan), who will be teaching ILAC 345 at Stanford from October 31 - November 3.
The film and talk will be in Spanish with English subtitles, questions may be asked in Spanish or English. This two-part event is part of the course on "The Female Gaze" (ILAC 104) in which we are exploring questions of gazing, gender, and positionality in Iberian cinema, photography, and narrative fiction.
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If you have any questions, please contact the ILAC 104 instructor, Laura Menèndez Gorina, lauramen [at] stanford.edu (lauramen[at]stanford[dot]edu)
This event is possible thanks to an artsCatalyst grant, with co-sponsorship from the Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures (ILAC), The Europe Center, The Clayman Institute for Gender Research, the Film and Media Studies Program in the Department of Art and Art History, and the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.