© Miguel Lorenzo
I t is impossible to assign the work of Carles Santos (Vinaròs, 1940-2017) to one discipline, as he is a versatile artist like few others. He is a trained pianist and has not only composed and interpreted musical pieces and theatre plays, but has also directed and starred in several experimental films since the late sixties, where he researched the role of music and sound in the perception of a film from the viewers perspective. During the seventies, Santos composed pieces of music for many of Pere Portabella’s first short films, again experimenting with the concept of soundtracks and what they represent, elaborating a discourse that was not just a mere support for the images that were on screen. Mostra de València–Cinema del Mediterrani gathers some of the short films in which the artist was involved throughout his career, adding, in this sense, to the different tributes that the Valencian institutions have programmed throughout 2018. The cycle has been developed in collaboration with the Institut Valencià de Cultura, Films 59 and Fundació Caixa Vinaròs.