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Guernica on the Screen

Film Screening
Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 6:30 pm

Screening the Civil War Memories on Wednesdays.

Third screening of the film series in relation to the Mexican Suitcase Exhibition at the Galeria Centralis (Blinken OSA Archivum) in cooperation with the Embassy of Spain in Budapest and the Cervantes Institute

Wednesday, 27 January, 2016, at 6:30 pm

Introduction by Sonia Garcia Lopez (film historian, University Carlos III, Madrid)


The Basque town of Guernica (Spain) is a symbol of culture, history, and civilization.Its destruction, after the air strike carried out by the Condor Legion in April 1937, has become a symbol of the inhumanity of the Total War. The bombing of Guernica has been widely represented in film, and in the media. Nevertheless, the cameras were missing when the air raid took place, so most filmic representations had to resort to metaphors and allegories representing the event. This session is devoted to the filmic representation of the destruction of Guernica, the iconic dimension it achieved with the famous painting by Pablo Picasso, and its later articulation as a symbol of fight for peace from a global perspective.

Guernika (directed by Nemesio M. Sobrevila, 1937), 23’, Spanish, with English subtitles

Courtesy of Filmoteca Espanola, Madrid

Guernica (directed by Robert J. Flaherty, 1949), 12’, English (intertitles)

Courtesy of of the Circulating Film & Video Library, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Guernica (directed by Alain Resnais and Robert Hessens, 1950), 13’, French, with English subtitles

Courtesy of Films du Jeudi, Paris

"The Guernica Variations" (La variaciones Guernica, directed by Guillermo G. Peydró, 2012), 26’

Spanish, with English subtitles, Courtesy of Guillermo G. Peydró



Budapest V, Arany János u. 32.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please come on time! / FREE ADMISSION