Historic short films from Argentina’s National School of Cinematographic Experimentation and Filmmaking
In 1957, facing the increasing influx and popularity of foreign titles, the Argentine government passed the Cinema Law to provide training and funding for the production of Argentine films. This act gave birth to the National Film Institute and soon after in 1965, to the National School of Cinematographic experimentation and Filmmaking (ENERC) that led to a significant revival in Argentine filmmaking and the foundation of an industry that today is respected throughout the world.
As a training institution, ENERC has continuously gained status and recognition at a national and international level. In 1987, the formation of the National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA), a national film production company, secured funding for the school and support for emerging filmmakers. Many students have had their short films selected at prestigious film festivals, garnering significant attention. Alumni of ENERC, such as Fabián Bielinsky (El aura) and Lucretia Martel (La mujer sin cabeza), have had their highly acclaimed feature films premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, Berlinale, Sundance and TIFF and have won numerous international awards.
In 2010, ENERC celebrated its 45th Anniversary. VLAFF is honoured to present a selection of eleven short films made by prominent graduates while they were studying at the school. This collection was made possible thanks to a massive recovery, restoration and ongoing digitalization project of film material from ENERC’s archives. Special thanks to Pablo Rovito, dean of ENERC.
El pendulo (The Pendulum)
Dir: Fabián Bielinsky/ 1980/ 05’
Arden los juegos (Burning Games)
Dir: Gustavo Mosquera/ 1984/ 11’
El fueye (The Bandoneón)
Dir: Tristán Bauer/ 1982/ 6.’44’’
Dir: G. Zorraquin/Beda Docampo Feijóo 1975/ 10’
Dir: Victor Alejandro Gonzalez/ 1987/ 7’47’’
El eco (The Echo)
Dir: Ana Poliak/ 1983/ 3’30’’
Dir: esteban Sapir/ 1990/ 9’30’’
No te la llevarás maldito (You Won’t Get her Bastard)
Dir: Lucrecia Martel/1989/2’
La otra (The Other)
Dir: Lucrecia Martel/ 1989/ 10’
La última cena (The Last Supper)
Dir: Daniel de la Vega/ 1995/ 7’40’’
La espera (The Waiting)
Dir: Fabián Bielinsky/ 1983/7’