A decade ago, Vizen G. Hernández left his previous profession as a textile decorator and industrial garment maker to turn to film. The fruit of his vocation in these ten years has been translated into seven short films made in the company of his partner, Mª José Fenoll, with whom he shares the tasks of production, art and story creation. Now, the Odeón Multicines in Alicante (in the Outlet Stores shopping center in San Vicente del Raspeig) are offering a retrospective of their work under the title of Ten Years of Short Cinema and tomorrow they are showing all their works at 8.15 pm, three of them unpublished and made during the last three months.
With an entry of 3 euros, the public will enjoy 1 hour and 24 minutes of projection with the seven chained short films. The advance sale has already completed a room for about 65 people – given the current capacity restrictions at 50 percent in theaters – so the exhibitor will open another room to meet the demand.
For Vizen G. Hernández it is a joy to be able to contemplate all his work on the big screen of a professional cinema, something he is not used to. “We usually watch shorts in small rooms, and there is a lot of difference. Cenizas was included in the Alicante Cinema section of the last Alicante Film Festival and when you see it on screen you enjoy much more the work of the actors, the sound, and an impressive atmosphere. The bet of the cinemas for independent short films that have it difficult is very welcome.
And are you ready to see your first work on the big screen? «It has cost me a lot to see them again because I am very critical of what I do, but people will be able to see an evolution. In Senderos – his first short – the camera was better, but now the camera has improved with everything learned over the years, “he highlights.
Social commitment is the mortar that unites the work of Hernández and Fenoll, from comedy to drama and with diverse themes that go through internal migrations after natural disasters or armed conflicts, the effects of terrorism, consumerism, political disenchantment or family relationships. In 2013, Hernández began to work on documentary projects and audiovisual workshops for people at risk of social exclusion while organizing the first social film show.
Recognizable and close stories
“What matters to us behind the camera is that the story arrives, that it serves a purpose or is useful. Working with kids in exclusion was very beneficial and I think it makes you a better person and I use the camera for something that matters to me. If the story is well told and the quality is respectable, people stay with that “, considers the director, who does not intend to give lessons to anyone with his cinema but to tell” recognizable and close stories, that people keep something, ask yourself questions and leave wanting a conversation »after watching his short films.
The last three short films – The Visit, The Candidate and Gray Days – were shot between the months of August and October, once the confinement was over. “During the quarantine I couldn’t write anything, but when the confinement ended one day I woke up with a story in my head and wrote The Visit. That unlocked everything and we shot all three shorts in a row, with a small team of three characters in each short to get the safety distance and all the protocols right. All of them are inspired during the time of confinement, “he highlights.
The next sample
On the horizon, the eighth edition of the Social Film Festival is pending, which will be held in March 2021, after extending the deadline for receiving works until next December.
At the moment, more than 400 short films have been presented since April from different countries around the world.
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