Cannes

CANNES 2017: DIRECTIONS BY STEPHAN KOMANDAREV AND OUT BY GYÖRGY KRISTÓF

By Mónica Delgado

The Iranian film A Man of Integrity, by Mohammad Rasoulof has just won Un Certain Regard, and since it’s a film that we didn’t watch, we can’t really judge the jury decision or the film itself. However, we highlight two Eastern Europe films presented in this section which were interesting enough (but inferior to last year’s Câini, by Bogdan Mirica or Sieranevada, in the official competition) and had particular universes which we describe here.

CANNES 2017: LA BOUCHE BY CAMILO RESTREPO

By Mónica Delgado

La bouche keeps a risk that has characterized the style of the Colombian filmmaker, and that is affirmed here through the use of 16mm and the continuity of an aesthetic, that many assume as “guerrilla film”, and that in Cilaos or La Bouche is centered in the choreography and a body sublimation of rhythm. This is a film of formal affronts that may have gone further than the other short films presented in the Quinzaine.

CANNES 2017: DIRECTIONS DE STEPHAN KOMANDAREV Y OUT DE GYÖRGY KRISTÓF

Por Mónica Delgado

Destacamos dos films de Europa Oriental o del Este presentados en esta sección, que si bien no superan al nivel de las películas de la región presentadas el año pasado (si pensamos solo en las rumanas Câini de Bogdan Mirica o Sieranevada de la competencia oficial) resultaron films de interés sobre dos universos particulares y que describimos a continuación.

CANNES 2017: LA BOUCHE DE CAMILO RESTREPO

Por Mónica Delgado

Este año la edición de la Quincena de Realizadores se mostró discreta en cuanto a mostrar trabajos más osados en experimental. Lo menciono porque en años anteriores se tuvo obras como The Exquisite Corpus de Peter Tscherkassky o cortos de Diego Risquez alguna vez. En esta reciente edición pude ver La Bouche, que sin ser un film absolutamente experimental por lo menos expresa la voluntad en la selección por apostar a este tipo de tendencias.

CANNES 2017: THE NOTHING FACTORY BY PEDRO PINHO

By Mónica Delgado

A fábrica de Nada, presented in the Quinzaine de Realisateurs, speaks about something no other Cannes film has mentioned: the reality of a Europe that screams for a life jacket, but not because of migration or racism issues, xenophobia or bourgeois indifference; where the only exit is renouncing the world we live in, coped by the result of this economical system: nothingness.

CANNES 2017: THE BEGUILED BY SOFIA COPPOLA

By Mónica Delgado

The greatest merit of The Beguiled lies in how Coppola constructs the relationships between women, through silences or simple and suggestive dialogues that avoid evilness, and bets for an atmosphere of power plays, where the photography unveils this darkness that the actions repress or hide.

CANNES 2017: A FÁBRICA DE NADA DE PEDRO PINHO

Por Mónica Delgado

A Fábrica de Nada es un relato sobre el desencanto, la impotencia o la renuncia de ver un posible cambio del sistema, en todo sentido. Un grupo de trabajadores de una fábrica de ascensores es seguido en un proceso dificultoso tras el anuncio intempestivo del cierre de la empresa, desde su entusiasmo inicial hasta la confirmación de la imposibilidad de lograr siquiera una pequeña revolución. Pedro Pinho realiza un original y sentido film de temática obrera, pleno de testimonios y reflexiones sobre la frustración de la vida laboral en tiempos de crisis.

CANNES 2017: THE DAY AFTER BY HONG SANG-SOO

By Mónica Delgado

In The Day After, one finds some subtle transformations on the narrative strategies of Hong Sang-soo had patented throughout his filmography: variations on a same theme or occurrence, where the narrator has the ability to return to a previous scene to revisit it, thus originating a double lecture of what could have been.

CANNES 2017: THE DAY AFTER DE HONG SANGSOO

Por Mónica Delgado

En The Day After se perciben algunas sutiles transformaciones sobre las estrategias narrativas que Hong Sangsoo ya había patentado a lo largo de toda su filmografía: las variaciones de un mismo hecho, donde el “narrador” tiene la oportunidad de volver al desarrollo de una escena anterior, para calcarla, revisitarla o replantearla, originando así la doble lectura de “lo que pudo ser”.

CANNES 2017: LA FAMILIA BY GUSTAVO RONDÓN CÓRDOVA

By Mónica Delgado

It’s impossible not to see La Familia from the political, social and economic crisis that Venezuela is suffering in the last years. However, Gustavo Rondón Cordova isn’t looking to make a social diagnosis or any kind of critique to the present regime in his first feature film.