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Azkuna Zentroa presents Isabel Coixet cycle

Maria Jose Gonzalez

April 17, 2024 | 8:01 p.m.

A unique film cycle

Isabel Coixet, outstanding director and screenwriter, is the protagonist of the new cycle at Azkuna Zentroa-Alhóndiga Bilbao, titled 'The director behind the camera'. This series proposes an exhaustive review of her filmography, including films and documentaries that have been less exhibited and that do not usually appear in the filmmaker's usual retrospectives. Coixet, who began her film career behind a Super 8 camera during her childhood, has explored a variety of themes through different film genres over the years.

Details of the cycle and notable works

The cycle opens with the projection of 'Things I never told you' (1996) and 'To those who love' (1998) on April 23, showing Coixet's first steps in cinema with an international cast. It is followed by works such as 'Journey to the heart of torture' y 'Parler de Rose, prisonnière of Hissène Habré', documentaries that express their commitment to issues of social justice and human rights.

Among the most notable films is 'The secret Life of the words'(2005), which delves into the emotional impact of the past on its characters, and 'My life without me'(2003), a moving story about a woman facing her premature mortality.

Commitment to current issues

Isabel Coixet has shown a great ability to connect with issues of contemporary relevance, such as the climate emergency and environmental disasters, which are reflected in documentaries such as 'Aral, the lost sea'(2010) and 'White Tide'(2012), the latter focused on the Prestige catastrophe.

Closing of the cycle

The cycle ends with 'The bookstore'(2018) and 'It snows in Benidorm'(2020), two of his most recent works that continue to explore Coixet's ability to create enveloping atmospheres and narratives rich in emotional and cultural elements.

This cycle of Azkuna Zentroa not only celebrates four decades of an emblematic cinematographic career, but also allows the public to delve into the complexity of Isabel Coixet's works, marked by her unique narrative style and her ability to deal with deep and personal themes. Through this cycle, Azkuna Zentroa reaffirms its commitment to promoting cinematographic culture and the visibility of female voices in the film industry.

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