The workings of Illegal_Cinema are simple. Someone proposes a film. The film can be any kind of audiovisual document, except for the proponent’s own work, because what we want with Illegal_Cinema is to enter into succulent, infinite, unimaginable relationships with images not of our own authorship. We get together. The film is presented and then we give it our due attention, and then after the screening we have a lively conversation. That’s how it works.

All of this is already begun. A few seconds and the place will have heated up forever, in a future of fire, like those carved stones in the garden of times to come.

That’s Illegal_Cinema. A small burning stone.

Illegal_Cinema was conceived in Belgrade by Marta Popivoda (, a member of Walking Theory – ThK (, as a means of community self-education. Special editions were then held in Zagreb and Istanbul in 2008 and 2009. In 2010 ThK proposed another Illegal_Cinema at Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris. In December that year, Marta Popivoda came to Bulegoa z/b to present Illegal_Cinema, and the programme has also been running in Bilbao ever since then. Past sessions have been coordinated by Jorge Núñez, Cristian Villavicencio, Leire San Martín, Marion Cruza Le Bihan and Ainara Elgoibar. The work is now being done by Pablo Marte.

If you would like to propose a film or audiovisual, please contact Pablo at any of the Illegal_Cinema sessions, or at or