The Mirror, 1975, Andrei Tarkovsky

As a way of introducing you to some amazing people working in the fields of artist moving image, experimental film and alternative cinema, we have concocted a short questionnaire. Today we speak to artist/filmmaker Mikel Guillen.

1. Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Mikel Guillen. I create or try to create films and artistic projects.

2. What was the first film you remember seeing as a child?

Mon oncle by Jacques Tati.

3. What was the last film you watched and what did you think of it?

High Life by Claire Denis. I loved it. I am always inspired by real artists like her. The way she creates atmospheres is very powerful.

4. How did you become interested in working with cinema/moving image?

When I was 18, I started to translate films and had always been very interested in spirituality and mystery. I remember that I was asked to translate Pier Paolo Pasolini’s mid period work and and being blown away beyond belief by Teorema.

5. Tell us about a film that has had a profound effect on you?

Zerkalo. The Mirror by Andrei Tarkovsky. The best film ever made in my humble opinion.

6. Favourite books about cinema/moving-image/filmmaking?

The Cinema of Poetry by P. Adams Sitney.
Devotional Cinema by Nathaniel Dorsky.
Scultping in Time by Andrei Tarkovsky.
Poetics of Cinema by Raúl Ruiz.
Poetics of Cinema by Bordwell.
Cinema 1 and 2 by Gilles Deleuze.
And many many more.

7. What would be your dream double-bill, two films you’d love to see together on the big screen?

The Werckmeister Harmonies and Andrei Rublev.

8. Which filmmaker/artist are you most obsessed with, the one whose work you return to again and again?

Raúl Ruiz, Puce Mary, Francis Bacon, Penderecki, Pasolini, Pedro Costa, Antoine D’Agata.
Phillipe Grandrieux (early films), Luigi Nono, Robert Bresson and the French film impressionists, Vigo, Epstein, Dulluc, L’Herbier.

9. What are you currently working on/what projects do you have coming up?

Many projects, editing the film Nesia, a Holocaust Dance Film, a new collaboration film with Scott Barley and a new untitled film project about children who commit suicide.

Find out more: www.mikelguillen.com