Criticism and Programming Seminar

The work of the critic consists of creating a discourse about the world through cinema, but there are many ways to do this. For example, the first edition of this seminar was devoted to the relationship between academic and press criticism. This year, however, we want to move beyond the written word and consider the relationship between criticism and programming, two complementary activities, as before one can write about a film, it is necessary for someone to programme it somewhere first. Also, sometimes, the critic and the programmer may be the same person, as is the case with this year’s participants in the seminar. With their help, Play-Doc will once more be a meeting place for all critics: for those who write, for those who programme, for those who participate in international juries – such as the representatives of the Cinema and Moving Image Research Assembly (CAMIRA), which will have its own jury at the festival – and even for those who make their own films, such as Gabe Klinger, who will present in the Resonancias section his documentary Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater. Yet thinking about the world through cinema remains the objective. After all, that is why we are here in Tui.

The speakers at the seminar will be:

Jaime Pena (programmer at CGAI-Filmoteca in Galicia), Cíntia Gil (director of Doclisboa), Miquel Martí Freixas (independent critic and programmer), and José Luis Cienfuegos (director of the Seville European Film Festival)

There will also be a criticism workshop given by Iván Villarmea (co-director of and a talk which is open to the public given by Gabe Klinger (critic, filmmaker, and director of Double Play: James Benning & Richard Linklater).

Special screening:


Gabe Klinger | 70' | 2013 | Portugal-France-USA

Direction and editing: Gabe Klinger
Producers: Daniel Chung, Rick Curnutte, Berndt Mader, Sonia Buchman, Rodrigo Areias
Screenwriter: Gabe Klinger, Eugenio Renzi
Cinematographer: Eduard Grau
Sound: Vasco Carvalho

A documentary portrait of the friendship between the renowned filmmakers James Benning and Richard Linklater that combines filmed conversations and extensive archival material to explore connections and divergences in their respective approaches to life and cinema.

Contact: Gladys Glover