Distant Touch: José Val del Omar: A Retrospective

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"José Val del Omar has often been considered an essential figure of Spanish experimental cinema. However, we see Val del Omar as an essential figure of experimental cinema tout court. This is not a minor point. Displacing Val del Omar from a narrow national narrative is a chance to relocate him within an international constellation of referents. He is part of a global history of images, sounds, utopias, and inventions. This expansive perspective may be a way to eschew recurring questions—was Val del Omar ahead of his time? Was he an anachronistic remnant of the past?—and look instead for the striking dialogues connecting his works with some key episodes of the history of cinema." —AFA