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Herbaria + Agrilogistics

Thursday, Mar 16, 2023 at 8:00 pm

Location: Bartos Screening Room

With Leandro Listorti and Gerard Ortin Castellvi in person 

Dir. Leandro Listorti. Argentina/Germany. 2022, 83 mins. In Spanish and German with English subtitles. Listorti’s gorgeously collaged film, shot on both 16mm and 35mm, invites viewers into the delicate work of preserving plants and celluloid, both of which are under threat of extinction and require practices of collection, inspection, and archiving. In rhythmically interweaving the performances of this work in both fields, the film gives us an almost tactile experience of Argentina as a place—its subtropical climate as well as its colonized past. Archival nature films play against celluloid images that have become inhabited by a fungus. The layered and ultimately harmonious stories in Herbaria are testament to Listorti’s background as filmmaker, projectionist, and archivist. Herbaria won the Special Jury Award in the Burning Lights Competition at Visions du Réel, where it made its world premiere. New York premiere 

Preceded by 
Dir. Gerard Ortín Castellví. Spain/U.K. 2022, 21 mins. No dialogue. Artist Castellví’s new film, which premiered at the 2022 Berlinale, shows life resisting the controlled environment of an industrial greenhouse. Machines plant tulip bulbs, tomatoes are fed a fixed diet that stimulates growth, and the cinematographer’s hand moves the camera with precision. The uneasy tension between systematized production and unpredictable vitality builds until nighttime, when the greenhouse becomes a fantastical landscape. North American premiere 

A Science on Screen selection.

Co-presented with Cinema Tropical

Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.

About the Filmmakers:

Leandro Listorti is an Argentinian filmmaker, programmer and archivist, currently in charge of the Technical Coordination of the Buenos Aires Museo del Cine. His debut feature film, Death Youth (2010), screened at IDFA, Viennale, Doclisboa, and other film festivals. In 2018 he was artist-in-residence at Living Archive in Arsenal and Berlin and premiered The Endless Film at IFFR Rotterdam. Herbaria (2022) is his second feature. 


Gerard Ortín Castellví is a Spanish artist and filmmaker, and a researcher and mentor at UCL Creative Documentary by Practice MFA, as well as a member of the Ecological Reparation project. Castellví has exhibited at Whitechapel Gallery, Fundació Joan Miró, Tabakalera, Stedelijk Museum Buro of Amsterdam, and Office for Contemporary Art. His works have been screened at Anthology Film Archives, Centre Georges Pompidou, LUX, and festivals like Visions du Réel, Open City Film Festival, Cinéma du Réel, KVIFF, HKIFF, and Berlinale.