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Segunda Vez

Dora García

video, color, 16:9, Spanish, Basque, French & English spoken, English subtitles, BE/NO, 2018, 94’

Dora García intertwines politics, psychoanalysis and performance into Segunda Vez (Second Time Around). This staged documentary orbits the figure of Oscar Masotta—a pivotal theorist in the Argentinian avant-garde from the 1950s to the 1970s, whilst not being a biopic about him. Masotta’s ideas on Lacanian psychoanalysis, politics and art (happenings and dematerialized art) changed the artistic landscape of that 1960s Buenos Aires preceding the dictatorship and with it the end of the avant-garde. The title, Segunda Vez, originates from a homonymous story written by a contemporary of Masotta’s, Julio Cortázar, which recounts the climate of psychosis and uncertainty caused by the trauma of disappearances in Argentina.

In Segunda Vez, García weaves together a sequence of seemingly disparate scenes that are bound by the act of repetition and observation: posters plastered along a wall advertise their own transmission—a phantom message in a bustling city; two audiences converge on a cliff top, divided in their knowledge of the scenario in which they are participating; a person, tied up in white cloth and ropes, is carried and left in a forest; the brief appearance of a helicopter causes some excitement and consternation; a group of poor and aging people is assembled on a podium, paid to endure violent light and sound for an hour, while an audience observes them; a library brings reading groups together who are aware they’re being watched; after a mysterious official summons, strangers chat in a waiting room anticipating what may happen—one young man among them has been called to return for a second time around.

Masotta’s ideas on constructing happenings and audience have also given rise to four short films by Dora García:
El helicóptero (1967) by Oscar Masotta, happening again and filmed in San Sebastian in 2015
Para inducir el espíritu de la imagen (1966) by Oscar Masotta, happening again and filmed in Buenos Aires in 2016
Segunda vez, adapted from Segunda vez (1977) by Julio Cortázar and filmed in Buenos Aires in 2016
La Eterna, after Museo de la Novela de la Eterna (1967) by Macedonio Fernández and filmed at Universiteitsbibliotheek KU Leuven in 2016

Segunda Vez by Dora García won the Grand Prix of the International Competition at FIDMarseille (2018, ex aequo) and the EMAF award (2019, ex aequo).
See also Segunda Vez.

Camera Vincent Pinckaers
Sound Laszlo Umbreit
Technical supervision Boris Belay
Music Jan Mech & “Unexpected Places” by Alton and Hortense Ellis performed by Anna Gratacós (Madamme Mustash)
Editing Simon Arazi
Color grading Loup Brenta at Cobalt
Produced by Auguste Orts
With the support of Norwegian Artistic Research Programme, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Trondheim kunstmuseum, Tabakalera, LUX and Independent Cinema Office, Image/Mouvement Centre national des arts plastiques, FIDLab, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella & KASK / School of Arts Gent

Segunda Vez has been on display at the following locations:

MuHKA Antwerp, (BE) Feb 10–May 21 2023 Cineteca Madrid, (ES) Saturday, Apr 16 2022 Mattatoio Rome, (IT) Oct 7 2021–Jan 9 2022 Flingern Lichtspiele Düsseldorf, (DE) Saturday, Aug 14 2021 Doc Alliance Prague, (CZ) Jul 8 2021–Jul 7 2023 VIDEONALE.scope #8 Cologne, (DE) Jun 24–Jul 1 2021 University of Malaga, (ES) Monday, Nov 9 2020 La Baleine Marseille, (FR) Tuesday, Mar 3 2020 MUBI US London, (GB) Mar 1–Apr 30 2020 New York University New York, (US) Thursday, Nov 14 2019 Filmoteca de Navarra Navarra, (ES) Thursday, Oct 31 2019 Intersección A Coruña, (ES) Friday, Oct 25 2019 University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, (US) Monday, Oct 14 2019 Rencontres Internationales Berlin, (DE) Saturday, Aug 24 2019 New Holland Saint Petersburg, (RU) Sunday, Jul 21 2019 International Experimental Film Festival Moscow, (RU) Sunday, Jul 14 2019 Doc Alliance Prague, (CZ) Jul 8 2019–Jul 7 2021 The Cinematheque Vancouver, (CA) Wednesday, Jun 26 2019 CRIC - festival for critical culture Skopje, (MK) Friday, Jun 21 2019 Olhar de Cinema Curitiba, (BR) Jun 6–Jun 11 2019 Numax Santiago de Compostela, (ES) Sunday, May 12 2019 International Film Festival Jeonju, (KR) May 5–May 9 2019 Doc A Tunis Tunis, (TN) Saturday, May 4 2019 EMAF Osnabrück, (DE) Thursday, Apr 25 2019 EMPAC New York, (US) Thursday, Apr 11 2019 Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki, (FI) Apr 8–Apr 9 2019 HEAD Geneva, (CH) Wednesday, Apr 3 2019 Essay Film Festival London, (GB) Saturday, Mar 30 2019 Frontera-Sur Film Festival Chillán, (CL) Saturday, Mar 30 2019 CPH:dox Copenhagen, (DK) Mar 22–Mar 28 2019 Kunstnernes Hus Oslo, (NO) Wednesday, Mar 20 2019 Kino Europa, Müller Hall Zagreb, (HR) Wednesday, Mar 20 2019 Rencontres Internationales Paris, (FR) Sunday, Mar 10 2019 Ficunam Mexico, (MX) Mar 5–Mar 7 2019 True/False Film Fest Columbia, Missouri, (US) Mar 1–Mar 3 2019 Tabakalera San sebastian, (ES) Saturday, Jan 12 2019 Tyneside Newcastle, (GB) Thursday, Dec 13 2018 Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Neuquen, (AR) Thursday, Dec 13 2018 Bonniers Konsthall Stockholm, (SE) Dec 5 2018–Feb 17 2019 Film Festival Torino, (IT) Nov 26–Nov 29 2018 Frontera-Sur, International Non-Fiction Film Festival Concepción, (CL) Wednesday, Nov 14 2018 RIDM - International Documentary Festival Montreal, (CA) Nov 13–Nov 18 2018 ZINEBI- International Film Festival Bilbao, (ES) Nov 11–Nov 12 2018 Viennale Vienna, (AT) Nov 1–Nov 3 2018 HEAD Geneva, (CH) Monday, Oct 29 2018 Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente Festi-Freak La Plata, (AR) Saturday, Oct 20 2018 DocBuenosAires Buenos Aires, (AR) Thursday, Oct 18 2018 Film Festival London, (GB) Monday, Oct 15 2018 Cinematek Brussel, (BE) Thursday, Oct 11 2018 Cinematek Brussels, (BE) Wednesday, Oct 10 2018 Film Festival New York, (US) Oct 6–Oct 7 2018 Festival Cinema Espagnol Annecy, (FR) Sunday, Sep 23 2018 Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia Madrid, (ES) Monday, Sep 3 2018 Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia Madrid, (ES) Saturday, Sep 1 2018 FID Marseille, (FR) Sunday, Jul 15 2018 FID Marseille, (FR) Friday, Jul 13 2018 kunstmuseum Trondheim, (NO) May 26–Sep 16 2018 Macba Barcelona, (ES) Wednesday, May 2 2018 Reina Sofia Madrid, (ES) Apr 18–Sep 3 2018