Human relationships and how they can be toxic or beneficial is a common theme in cinema. Complex relationships between couples, relatives, friends and work colleagues can lead to happiness or become a nightmare, a trap with no obvious way out. Every Tuesday and Thursday in July, La Casa Encendida presents toxic stories that seek an antidote.
Toxic relationships are synonymous with suffering and unhappiness, and it is often difficult to know how to end them or walk away. The reasons for ending up in a relationship of this type are varied (social, political, a question of power, beliefs, peer pressure, etc.), and the people involved are also impacted by the atmosphere caused, which may be strained or unhealthy. Toxicity can emerge between couples and families, but it is also found in the workplace and in schools. It may even affect social institutions and poison countries. But there are antidotes. In other words, some relationships can cure, build and generate healthy atmospheres, gradually improving the situation of the people involved. An antidote relationship can offer respite, a mirror in which to look closely at oneself and change the harmful things in one's life. It can be a step towards happiness and well-being. This new series featuring eight films examines different stories about toxic relationships and antidote relationships.
After the screenings specialists from different fields (psychology, sociology, psychiatry, journalism, philosophy and film criticism) will lead discussions on different subjects, many of them topical issues in the media.
Curated by: Isabel Sánchez Fernández, a journalist who has been organising film cycles and debates for different institutions for many years. She is the author of “El blog de Hildy Johnson” (hildyjohnson.es).
02 JulyFilms, Screenings, Talks “Loveless”, by Andrey Zvyagintsev + discussion
The opening session of the series, "Toxic families", features Loveless, a silent cry from a child hiding behind a door (…)
04 JulyFilms, Screenings, Talks “The Teacher”, by Jan Hrebejk + discussion
The second session of the series, "A type of toxic person", features The Teacher (…)
09 JulyFilms, Screenings, Talks “Two Days, One Night”, by the Dardenne brothers + discussion
The Dardenne brothers train their camera on Sandra, an employee of a small company who over the course of one weekend (…)
11 JulyFilms, Screenings, Talks “The Club”, by Pablo Larraín + discussion
We continue the series with a session entitled "When toxicity becomes ingrained..." (…)
16 JulyFilms, Screenings, Talks “Like Crazy”, by Paolo Virzi + discussion
"Antidote unions in a toxic world" session (…)
18 JulyFilms, Screenings, Talks "Ana, mon amour", by Călin Peter Netzer + discussion
"Toxic Love" session (…)
23 JulyFilms, Screenings, Talks “Jean-François and the Meaning of Life”, by Sergi Portabella + discussion
"Solutions to bullying in schools" session (…)
25 JulyFilms, Screenings, Talks “Han Gong-ju”, by Lee Su-jin + discussion
"The bullying of victims in a toxic society" session (…)