I do not consider myself a curator. Not at least in the allegedly widespread notion among other professionals nowadays of a somewhat mystical figure – almost a religious one, a curate, or country priest – who cares and, through the process of selecting films, both bears social responsibility and has an impact through its labour.
Once, in just three words, an Israeli border guard perfectly summoned my work to me while I was trying to explain my very complex duties – only in my head – to him: “You watch films”. My meagre “Yeah” as a reply, actually concealed an epiphany.
This seven film selection reflects that personal realisation and the belief that cinema is a popular cultural industry, in which pleasure is the key. As music DJs choose the tunes on the dance floor for a purpose, film programmers do the same with films: make people have fun – in order to keep the cultural industry going, of course. And pleasure is a pretty personal and singular feeling, an egoistic hedonism.
Therefore, I wish you to enjoy these shorts the way I did while watching them and, above all, have fun because as the Italian writer Italo Calvino supposedly once said: “I think fun is serious business!”