Director: Jonas Mekas & José Luis Guerin | Spain, USA 2011 | 96 min
A poetic and personal exchange of video letters between two extraordinary filmmakers. The now 88-year-old legend Jonas Mekas is maybe the most generous of all filmmakers, with a genuine curiosity for everyone around him. Since the 1950s, he has both defined and documented New York's alternative film culture, and his individual films are filled with song and dance, freedom and poetry in the company of friends, sons and strangers - guided by Mekas's characteristic Lithuanian voice and accent. The Spanish filmmaker José Luis Guerin has spent the past few years travelling to all the film festivals that have invited him, and with the gaze of a melancholy flaneur and a constantly rolling camera, he talks about his experiences to Mekas - from a visit to Thoreau's house in Walden to his encounter with the young film critic Nika Bohinc, who has been tragically killed in the meantime. The distinction between life and film is simply not present between the two, and it is a pleasure to be invited to the exchange of anecdotes, considerations and spontaneous moments of brittle poetry and human warmth. If you aren"t already on first name terms with them, you soon will be.
Correspondance Jonas Mekas - J.L. Guerin (Spain, USA, 2011, 96 min.)
Director: Jonas Mekas & José Luis Guerin.
with English Subtitles.