Jorge Cadena

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Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, Jorge Cadena studied Photography in Buenos Aires. In 2016, he received his Bachelor's degree in Film at HEAD - Geneva with his film, El Cuento de Antonia, which garnered the Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2017. He obtained his Master's at ECAL/HEAD in 2018 with the film The Jarariju Sisters which premiered at this year's Berlin International Film Festival and received a special mention from the International Jury of the Generation 14plus. He has directed four films so far, with all of them having been screened at major festivals around the world.

What was your latest book discovery? What are your favorite books of all time?

At this moment I have just finished reading Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble. A book that has changed my way of interacting with the world and that is evidently influencing the writing of my new project. Another book that marked me recently is An orphan world written by Giuseppe Caputo; a young Colombian writer, impressive.
Other important books I’ve read are:
El banquete by Platón
Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Bukowski
En diciembre llegaban las brisas by Marvel Moreno
To Our Friends by The Invisible Committee
Besides, I like the work of writers like Virginie Despentes, Michel Foucault, Oscar Wilde, Simone de Beauvoir, Charles Baudelaire, Jacques Rancière, Franz Fanon, Audre Lorde,
among others.

Most visited blogs, websites? : 

In the last few months I’ve entered Youtube a lot to listen to music and radio programs, to watch news and movies or to discover the work of other artists. For music, I sometimes visit Soundcloud and for movies, MUBI and TENK. I also enter Google Academics to read articles on philosophy, gender studies, film texts that nurture my work. Finally, I manage my accounts on Vimeo or Facebook and spend a lot of time writing on gmail and on Google Drive.

What apps do you use the most and why?

I’m not spending too much time on the apps. I don’t use Whatsapp, Instagram or Twitter and most of the other applications that are used today. I like Podcasts a lot because I find many radio broadcasts and texts that I am interested to. Google Maps is key for me.

Whats currently on your playlist?

El Pesacador by Toto la Monposina
Desillusion by Les Shleu Shleu Ce la ou Ye 
Yali Yali by Nese Karabõcek (Todd terje Edit)
Language Is A Virus by Laurie Anderson 
CORASHE by Nathy Peluso 
Un Minuto by Lido Pimienta Ft. Andrea Echeverri 
La Capacidad by Lido Pimienta 
Quimey Neuquen by Chancha via Circuito - José Larralde
Contruçao by Chico Buarque
Orpheus by Igor Stravinsky
Portofino #3 by Raymond Scott
Dirty Back Road by The B-52's 
Cumbia Sobre el Mar by Quantic & Flowering Inferno

What records would you recommend to hear?

La Candela Viva (1993) by Toto la Momposina 
Roseland NYC Live by Portishead 
Tropicália ou Panis et Circenses by Yan Inácio
American Dream by LCD Soundsystem 
Three Willow Park by Raymond Scott
L'enfant et les sortilèges by M.Ravel 
ISON by Sevdaliza

Fresh movie finds? What films do you think everybody should watch?

Fresh movies :
Nuestro Tiempo by Carlos Reygadas
Happy as Lazzaro by Alice Rohrwacher
Burning by Lee Chang-dong
Cocote by Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias

Older movies :
Terre en Transe (1968) by Galuber Rocha
Memories of Underdevelopment (1968) and Strawberries with Chocolate (1993) by Tomas Gutierrez. For me, these movies are important for Latin American cinema.
Fox and His Friends by Fassbinder, great one, is the movie that I show to all my lovers, with whom I pretend to have more than sex.  
Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky
La Cienaga by Lucrecia Martel
Le Beau Travail  by Claire Denis
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles by Chantal Akerman
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives by Apichatpong
Pierrot le fou by Jean Luc Godard
Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom by Pasolini, I have repeated it many times. So much lucidity.

Which artists working today do you admire most?

More than admiration, there are many artists who inspire me by the look they bring to the contemporary world.  I am very sensitive to Apichatpong's work, his stories and the way these are translated into images make me feel a lot of emotion. It is interesting to see how he includes in a very precise way the Thai myths, the beliefs of the people, by transforming them into fantastic stories. Apichatpong's work reminds me of the strong relationship between film and painting.

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, great work materialized through various visual languages. Representations and images of the history of the conflict in Lebanon. They manage to question the concepts of identity and memory. The intimate is part of a collective history. In 2017 I visited the exhibition Two Suns in a Sunset at the IVAM and was present at Talking Heads, in the HEAD-Geneva. It is definitely very revealing all the reflection that their works imply.

Doris Salcedo and Tania Bruguera, two powerful artists. Carlos Vergara, Zulu Padilla and Juanjo Pèrez three artist friends from my hometown - Barranquilla, total inspiration. David Hockney, I felt a lot of emotions going through his retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in 2017.

What are some of your tv top tips right now?

I usually don't watch television. Everything is concentrated in my laptop where I sometimes watch programs. Recently I watched a funny colombian program called La Tele Letal. It’s a really bad TV-show but It makes me laugh with the way they depict politicians and society in Colombia

Who are you following?

I don't have Instagram, Twitter ...  I only follow the work of some artists that interest me but for that I go directly on their websites. I listen to many podcasts right now, philosophy, science fiction, genre study, cinema, news. These last few days I've heard:
El Innombrable and Demasiado Humano of Darío Sztajnszrajber
UN PODCAST À SOI en Arte Radio
Graves y Agudas Radio
The New Yorker Podcasts and
Philosophize This

What tools do you use in your work?

The image of my films when I shoot in 16mm, I like to work with Aaton LTR7, Aaton Minima or Bolex. In digital I like the texture that can be achieved with Sony PMW-300. To edit my projects, Adobe Premiere or Avid Media Resolve. Color grading in Davinci Resolve and the sound in Pro tools.
Normally I write in my notebook, word and Google Drive. My last two short films and the new project are written with my sister, Li Aparicio who lives in Buenos Aires. Together, we exchange through video call while writing in a Drive document. Then, in the pre-production work, photos of territories, architecture, space, characters, aesthetics, to organize a Dossier and/or collage of ideas, I use Photoshop and InDesign.

What magazines / newspapers do you read regularly?

I used to buy a lot of magazines, but over time everything focused on the laptop. Sometimes, now that I live in Geneva I buy : Le Cahier du Cinéma and Le Courrier
On the internet lately I visited :
Le Courrier
Le cahier du Cinéma
New York Times
Revista Arcadia

I'm trying to keep up with the political situation in Colombia. I read some articles in Colombian newspapers but there are very few journalists with a critical and analytical sense in my country.

What are your favorite gadgets?

Iphone, I like to have a camera and a map in my pocket. My Laptop that I use for work and study but also for leisure. I almost always carry with me a notebook without lines and a good pen. And finally my bike to move around Geneva.


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Portrait image by © Juanjo Peréz