La muchedumbre reaparecerá siempre

Carolina Astudillo

Un impulso colectivo - Curts Spain 15 min Catalan premiere Documentary


He would like to pause for a moment, to awaken the dead and put the past back together. This sentence that the German philosopher Walter Benjamin wrote in Thesis IX in his Essay On the Concept of History, will be used as the starting point for this piece. The ruins left by Spanish Civil War in Ciudad Universitaria, observed by a man and filmed by a group of post-war filmmakers, are a gesture of resistance against oblivion and bring the dead back to life. Ciudad Universitaria became a trench, a republican symbol and the place through which Franco’s troops entered. The war erodes the landscape, it gives it a new meaning. In Chile, the National Stadium built in 1938, became a concentration camp during the Military Dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. A man visits him after fifty years. He was there, he did not experience a war, although the Chilean right-wing wanted to call it that. They couldn’t silence them. And there are the images of a group of male and female photographers who, during the eighties, dedicated themselves to photographing marches, protests, funerals and police repression. The history of the vanquished is also a history of the resistance.

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Carolina Astudillo

Graduated in Film Studies from the Catholic University of Chile and master’s degree in Creative Documentary from the UAB. She has developed her work from historical research, documentary creation and writing, with women and historical memory as a point of reference. She has won two Silver Biznagas in Malaga, with El gran vuelo and with Ainhoa: yo no soy esa. As a teacher, she teaches classes at several Catalan and Latin American universities and film schools. Currently, she has various films in development.

Filmography: Postal (O, desde la distancia eres un espejismo) (short film, 2023, D'A 2024), The Crowd Will Always Return (short film, 2023, D'A 2023), Canción a una dama en la sombra (2022, D'A 2022), Esa fugaz esencia que dejaron los sucesos (short film, 2022, D'A 2022), Naturaleza muerta (short film, 2020, D'A 2020), Un paseo por New York Harbor (short film, 2019, D'A 2019), Ainhoa: yo no soy esa (2018, D’A 2018), El gran vuelo (2014), El deseo de la civilización (short film, 2014), Lo indecible (short film, 2012), De monstruos y faldas (short film, 2008)

Carolina Astudillo

Film information

Int. title: The Crowd Will Always Return
Director: Carolina Astudillo
Script: Carolina Astudillo
Contact: Carolina Astudillo
With: doc
Country: Spain
Year: 2023
Format: Digital
Length: 15 min
Language: Spanish
Edition: 2023