Impressive and rigorous, this visually engrossing film essay narrates the continual confrontation of two versions of history: that of the conquerors and the conquered. And it does so in a location that is at the same time concrete and symbolic: La Recoleta, the iconic cemetery of Buenos Aires. With quotations from noteworthy writers read aloud near the tombs, the film creates a sort of “dialogue of the dead,” and outlines a dramatic chronology of modern Argentine history from 19th century civil wars to 20th century dictatorships.
Blanquito is thirty years old and lives with his mother in el Matal, a tiny fishing village on the ecuadorian coast. One day he arrives at work to find that packets of cocaine are washing up on the beach and joins in the scramble to collect as many as possible. When some men arrive offering to pay a handsome sum for the packets, the village residents go wild with their good fortune. However Blanquito, full of a newly found entrepreneurial spirit, decides to team up with a woman who says she knows people in the city who will pay ten times more.
The ruggedly beautiful Fogo Island lies off the northeast coast of Newfoundland. In this remote corner of Canada, traces of Elizabethan English and Old Irish dialects may still be heard, and remnants of ancient folk customs shape the lives of its inhabitants. However, in recent years, economic hardship has taken a toll, forcing many to leave. Homes once full of fiddle music, are now decaying, becoming part of the tundra landscape.
Juan’s passion is bodybuilding, but he earns his living working in a garment factory where he is constantly bullied by his boss and co-workers for his muscular physique. He keeps to himself and quietly dreams of quitting to set up his own gym. But first, he needs to come up with the money. One night, Juan witnesses a crime. Stunned and confused, he must contemplate what to do with the information now in his possession.
After pushing his mother to her limit with a prank involving a water balloon and a baby stroller, Tomás is sent to live in Mexico City with big brother Sombra and his roommate Santos, who are up to their own shenanigans while the rest of the students at their university are on strike. Malcontent and in search of a cause, the trio embarks on an oddball quest when they learn their late father’s musical hero, Epigmenio Cruz, a man who once moved Bob Dylan to tears, is dying.
Analía is a 20-year-old girl from a small town in Argentina who travels to Buenos Aires to deliver some handicrafts for her mother. By chance, an address mix-up leads her to a Muslim neighbourhood where she finds herself taking part in a ritual completely unknown to her. She is given several objects that seem to harbour a mysterious message: these include a tunic, a map and a recipe in Farsi. Enthralled by the new world she has entered, Analía decides to change her identity, and she begins to dress, speak and act like a young Muslim woman.
José Henrique Fonseca crafts an ambitious and long overdue homage to a central icon in Brazil’s 20th century history. Reminiscent of film noir classics, the biopic tells the glorious and tragic story of the legendary football striker Heleno de Freitas. The sumptuous black and white cinematography reflects the chic life of Rio de Janeiro in the 1940s as it fell under the spell of sports royalty. Heleno was no doubt one of the most popular players of his time for his bravura in the field and magnificent goal-scoring that lead the Botafogo team to the top...
José Henrique Fonseca crafts an ambitious and long overdue homage to a central icon in Brazil’s 20th century history. Reminiscent of film noir classics, the biopic tells the glorious and tragic story of the legendary football striker Heleno de Freitas. The sumptuous black and white cinematography reflects the chic life of Rio de Janeiro in the 1940s as it fell under the spell of sports royalty.
El pendulo (The Pendulum)
Dir: Fabián Bielinsky/ 1980/ 05’
Arden los juegos (Burning Games)
Dir: Gustavo Mosquera/ 1984/ 11’
El fueye (The Bandoneón)
Dir: Tristán Bauer/ 1982/ 6.’44’’
Dir: G. Zorraquin/Beda Docampo Feijóo 1975/ 10’
Dir: Victor Alejandro Gonzalez/ 1987/ 7’47’’
El eco (The Echo)
Dir: Ana Poliak/ 1983/ 3’30’’
Dir: esteban Sapir/ 1990/ 9’30’’
Giggling young women who secretly feed a macho cowboy Viagra might sound pretty funny. But is it really?... I Stay with You starts out as an innocent comedy with rich girls having carefree fun. Gradually, however, the film undergoes a transformation, ending in dark sadism. Artist Artemio Narro has made a number of installations and videos on the subject of violence. His first fiction feature is not only a commentary on the ever-present violence in Mexico, but also on how we see violence.