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(c) Oskar Alegria, Design: Ivonne Gracia Murillo

The Search for Emak Bakia | Presentation and film-screening

In the presence of Artist Oskar Alegria

About the Film "The Search for Emak Bakia"

An avant-garde film by Man Ray called Emak Bakia (“Leave me alone” in Basque) inspires this story of a quest. The house near Biarritz where Man Ray’s film was shot in 1926 bore that peculiar name and the creator of this new film decided to undertake a search on foot to find it. Only three views of that mansion exist: the image of its front door, two columns of a window, and a section of nearby coast. A search based on these old images would not be easy. There was nothing listed in the archives and no one today remembers the house. Therefore, he would ask for help and assistance from other informers, such as chance and the wind.
The search for the house where Man Ray inspired his avant-garde cinema.


“A great film, which defies all categories, like a rhizomatic object.” - Jean-Michel Bouhours, expert in avant-garde cinema-Centre Pompidou.
“Useful cinema, intelligent and honest: the process surpasses the goal.” - Corneliu Porumboiu, Caméra d´Or Cannes 2006.
“The wind and fate wander through this charming story, but a masterful hand guides us.” - Bernardo Atxaga, poet and novelist.
“It is marvelous, in every sense.” - Chris Fujiwara, editor of Undercurrent.
“The finale, extraordinary.” - Víctor Erice, film director

About Oskar Alegria / Pamplona 1973

Trained as a journalist, he began working as a reporter in Madrid on news programs for Canal Plus and CNN+. He has been an editor of cultural programs and the coordinator of shows dedicated to literature for the television channels Telemadrid (Los Cinco Sentidos-”The Five Senses”) and Euskal Telebista (Sautrela). In the area of gastronomic documentary, he has written and co-directed the series “Masters of Basque Cooking” for ETB-telebista with the chefs Arzak, Subijana, Aduriz, Berasategui and Arbelaitz.

Since 2002, he writes travel reports for the supplement to El País, El Viajero, and is the author of a photographic artistic project called “Las ciudades visibles” (“The Visible Cities”), endorsed by the author Enrique Vila-Matas. Since 2009, he is a professor of documentary scripts in the Masters of Audiovisual Scripts from the University of Navarra and he has led a Workshop in Abstract Photography for children in the Chillida-Leku Museum.


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The Search for Emak Bakia | Presentation and film-screening
January 21, 2019, 16:00h
1010 Vienna, Salzgries 14, 2nd Floor, Art & Science Seminarroom