26.03.24, 20:30, El sol del membrillo (1992)

Madrid anno 1990. At the dawn of autumn, the sun shines for only about two hours on the quince in Spanish artist Antonio López Garcia's garden. Following annual tradition, the painter tries to capture the majestic light beating down on his quince tree, a tree with dark foliage and golden fruit, which he himself once planted near his painting studio. The painting process is captured slowly and meticulously by filmmaker friend Víctor Erice with the help of cinematographer José Luis López-Linares. The analogies between the two art disciplines - painting and filming - come into clear focus.

Meanwhile, time passes. By December, the quinces have become too deformed to model, so the painter is forced to abandon his work. The heroic fight that demands the utmost of the craftsmanship of both filmmaker and painter is also a fight against the passage of time. Víctor Erice's art documentary El Sol del Membrillo is a poetic tribute to the power of observation and the transformative nature of art.

This film will be introduced by art science lecturer Steven Jacobs.

Víctor Erice, 1992, Spain, 123',
Spanish spoken, English subtitles
i.c.w. Film-Plateau & Sabzian
Campus Bijloke
Godshuizenlaan 4
9000 Gent