"Teaching is seduction", says Professor Raffaele Pinto, who teaches philology in Barcelona. In this mix of documentary and fiction, we see him give a course about muses to a group of female students. Not just muses in old texts, but also how women can be muses today. This is followed by intellectual discussions about love, desire, poetry and death.
As the semester goes on, it is clear that both the professor and the students are applying the theories discussed in class in their private lives. When his wife attacks him for flirting with students, Pinto defends himself with dialectics from classical literature. The students enthusiastically investigate their role as muse, which provides both comic and melodramatic scenes. Guerin made his fascinating and thought-provoking film with minimal means. Stylistically he keeps it as pure as possible: no music, no visual extras. He has nothing to hide.

International title
The Academy of Muses
Filmmaker
José Luis Guerín
Country
Spain
Year
2015
Medium
DCP
Length
92’
Language
Spanish
Producer
José Luis Guerín
Production Company
Los Films de Orfeo
Sales
Perspective Films
Writer
José Luis Guerín
Editor
José Luis Guerín
Production Design
Nuria Esquerra
Sound Design
Marisol Nievas, Jordi Monrós
Cast
Raffaele Pinto