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Princess of Asturias Awards 09/28/2018
The Princess of Asturias Foundation has organized around thirty activities that will take place between 11th and 18th October
The Princess of Asturias Foundation will pay tribute to American filmmaker Martin Scorsese, 2018 Princess of Asturias Laureate for the Arts, with some thirty cultural activities focussing on film, music, costumes and other technical aspects of his work.
Under the generic name of “Scorsese’s Factory”, the events will be held between 11th and 18th October at the historic site of the former La Vega Arms Factory, in Oviedo. In addition, the Laboral Theatre and the Jovellanos Theatre, both in Gijón, will respectively host the screening of Taxi Driver accompanied by live music and a meeting between Martin Scorsese and the public.
The programme includes the screening of 18 films in their original versions with Spanish subtitles distributed over two types of sessions organized especially for the occasion. Nine films directed by Martin Scorsese throughout his career will be screened in one group of sessions. Some of these will incorporate live musical performances, such as Raging Bull, where the Siero Chamber Orchestra will play two pieces during key moments of the film.
In the other sessions, the audience will have the chance to see nine movie classics restored by The Film Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Martin Scorsese in 1990. With this purpose in mind, they show the restored films –more than 800 so far– at audiovisual festivals around the world. Awards Week will see the screening of masterpieces such as Il gatopardo, by Luchino Visconti; Shadow of a Doubt, by Alfred Hitchcock; and two copies of films by Charles Chaplin (The Count and The Floorwalker) with live incidental music performed by pianist Ricardo Casas.
Several musical events are also planned during this week. These include two concerts by the duo from Gijón Elle Belga together with a representation of the Princess of Asturias Foundation Youth Choir, in which they will perform pieces written exclusively for the occasion inspired by Scorsese’s films. In addition, the Princess of Asturias Foundation Choir, conducted by maestro José Esteban García Miranda, and the group Forma Antiqva will give a concert of religious music inspired by the film Silence.
The La Salvaje hall and the Gong Galaxy Club on Calle Martínez Vigil, in Oviedo, have subscribed to this tribute and will offer a concert and a DJ session coinciding with the screening of the movie Mean Streets a few hours earlier. They will play music related to the soundtracks of the director’s films.
Film set and social activities
Another of the activities that will be carried out is the “Scorsese Formula”, a recreation of a professional film set where film directors Samu Fuentes and Pablo Fernández and cinematographer Carlos Suárez will explain some of the cinematographic techniques most often used by the filmmaker. Those attending the event can participate in the live recording of a film sequence. In addition, an artistic montage designed by Asturian art group FIUM featuring a boxing ring as the main element will be installed to show the creative universe of Raging Bull in a different way; and an iconic New York taxi cab from the 70s will be on display in which visitors can have their photograph taken or take selfies. The Association of Women Taxi Drivers of Asturias will also drive a typical New York taxi cab, in this case a model dating from the 90s, around the main towns in the Principality.
Panel discussions on motion pictures and Scorsese will likewise be organized during the week. These will include “Scorsese and Rock”, moderated by music critic Jorge Alonso, in which the use of the musical genre in the director’s films will be discussed; and “Scorsese in Essence”, focussing on his career and his commitment to preserving world film heritage. Philosophy teacher and member of the “Antonio Rico” group Juan Jesús Alonso will moderate the meeting which will also count on the participation of film critic and lawyer Eduardo Torres-Dulce, Member of the Royal Academy of History, film buff and member of the Jury for the Princess of Asturias Award for Literature Luis Alberto de Cuenca and essayist and film critic Carlos Losilla.
There will also be talks focussing on the influence the filmmaker has had over contemporary directors and on topics such as costumes, one of the resources to which Scorsese pays special attention. Fashion designer and couturier Lorenzo Caprile, Project Manager at Peris Costumes María Ortega Cornejo and costume designer Sandy Powell will discuss this theme in the talk entitled “Fashion and Film. A visible thread”.
Scorsese will likewise meet with young filmmakers, screenwriters and representatives from the Spanish film industry, such as producers, critics and editors.
Outside of the setting of the former La Vega Arms Factory, the following events also linked to the figure of Martin Scorsese will take place, both in Gijón:
OPENING TIMES OF THE FORMER ARMS FACTORY:
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