She Shoots looks behind the camera to focus on focusing on women cinematographers whose keen eye helps shape the visions of the world we see on our screens.
As part of this showcase we are screening three short films shot by emerging women cinematographers from Spain or with close ties to Spain: La inútil (Belén Funes, 2017; DoP: Neus Ollé), Mulher como árvore (Carmen Tortosa, Daniela Cajías et al., 2020; DoP: Daniela Cajías) and Cuerdas (Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren; 2022; DoP: Lara Vilanova).
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with these three directors of photography, who will share their professional experience, talk about the hurdles they have had to overcome as women in a male-dominated industry and set out their vision and hopes for the future. The moderator will be Mireia Iniesta.
The session of shorts and panel discussion tie in with the screening of three feature films by leading international women cinematographers: Une fleur à la bouche (Éric Baudelaire, 2022; DoP: Claire Mathon), Corpo celeste (Alice Rohrwacher, 2011; DoP: Hélène Louvart) and Nénette et Boni (Claire Denis, 1996; DoP: Agnès Godard).
Neus Ollé graduated from ESCAC and has an MA in Cinematography from the National Film and Television School in London. She has worked on over thirty Catalan and international productions, including fiction films, advertising pieces, documentaries and music videos, and won a Gaudí Award for her work on El cant del ocells (Albert Serra, 2008). Her work on La hija de un ladrón (Belén Funes, 2019) won her Best Cinematography Award at the 2000 Festival de Cine de Mujeres and was nominated for a Gaudí Award. La inútil won Best Cinematography Award at ALCINE Festival de Cinema d’Alcalá de Henares. Her style has been defined as an exquisite mix of naturalism and elegance.
Daniela Cajías is the first and, to date, only woman to win a Goya Award for Best Cinematography, for her work on Las niñas (Pilar Palomero, 2021). The daughter of Bolivian filmmakers, she studied photography in Buenos Aires and cinematography at EICTV, in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. She has also won awards for her work on La eterna noche de las doce lunas (Priscila Padilla, 2013) and As duas Irenes (Fabio Meira, 2017). Most recently, she shot the award-wining Alcarràs (Carla Simón, 2022). She defines herself as a “mother, migrant and director of photography”. She is also giving a masterclass and running a workshop at l’Alternativa 2022.
Lara Vilanova is a director of photography and colourist who graduated from ESCAC. Her film, advertising, music video and fashion film projects have won her several awards, including the Kodak/Nahemi Award at Encounters Film Festival and Best Cinematography Award at Cinespaña Toulouse for her work on Trinta lumes (Diana Toucedo, 2018). She has also taken part in the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Locarno Summer Academy. Cuerdas, one of the latest films she shot, was selected for the Semaine de la Critique at Cannes 2022.
Mireia Iniesta is a feminist film critic and teacher, as well as a curator at 39 Escalones film club and vice-president of the Federación Catalana de Cineclubs. She is a regular contributor to Cinergia, Shangrila and Solaris and acted in José Luis Guerin’s La Academia de las Musas (2015) and Judith Colell’s short Aniversari (2016).