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THE COOK, HIS BOOK, THE KING AND HIS SILENCE: ABOUT A FILM BY HANS-JÜRGEN SYBERBERG

by Claudia Siefen-Leitich

If you want to get a picture of Germany, it is important to note that this country is made up of 16 constituent states. Well, if you start from the current political situation: The German Empire at that time is something you can read about and appropriate historically, but back to a Germany of 16 federal states. Not only today does this mean a concert of sounds and a mixture of 16 dialects, cultures and temperaments, which some people may not realise if they only look at Germany from the outside. Or on a map.

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TELLURIDE HORROR SHOW: A CHRONICLE

By Joe Miller

Where the Devil Roams. This was their third film to appear at the Telluride Horror Show, and their seventh feature overall as a family—they’ve been making movies since their youngest, Zelda, was six years old. And while their latest feature is easily the most avant-garde and ambitious of the bunch, their earlier films, and especially their other horror films—Hellbender (2021) and The Deeper You Dig (2019)—are plenty edgy in their storytelling and aggressively cinematic, with moments that are positively kaleidoscopic.

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PAU FAUS’ FAUNA: ARCADIA UNDER THE MICROSCOPE

by Nicholas Vroman

Fauna, second feature film by Pau Faus, opens with opening shots of an Arcadian landscape, a few classic nature doc scenes – a heron, some ducks – then on to a shot of tree branches, dappled by sunlight. Cut to Valerio, a shepherd and his dog Brisa taking a break in a sylvan glade. The sound of a bleating lamb breaks the moment.

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REFLECTIONS ON THE SHORT FORM WORKS OF RICARDO NICOLAYEVSKY

By Katy Montoya

At the Morelia Film Festival, Ximena Cuevas curated a program of short films by her long-time friend and collaborator Ricardo Nicolayevsky to pay homage to his decades-long body of work in light of his recent passing. The program began and ended with fragments of his short film “Impromptu” and included a selection of shorts he made of his friends and of himself between 1982 and 1985 during his time in New York City entitled “Lost Portraits.”

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HELMUT DOSANTOS: AN INTERVIEW ON ‘GODS OF MEXICO’

By Nicholas Vroman

Helmut Dosantos’ Gods of Mexico (Dioses de Mexico, 2022) is a startlingly inventive ethnographic meditation on indigenous communities in Mexico. The film is divided into 3 sections – a fourth if you happen to be able to see the longer version at the Cineteca Nacional in Mexico City (as explained in the interview).

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FICUNAM 2023: CONTAMINATION, PRESERVATION, AND RECKONING IN UMBRALE’S SHORT FILMS

By Katy Montoya

Many in this year’s selection of short films in the Umbrales section of FICUNAM 13 demonstrate different ways of conceiving the magnitude of destruction that defines our present moment. As seen in these pieces, our destruction— ours because we have no choice but to embrace it as part of us and our doing— insidiously infiltrates the most hidden nooks of our psyches as it seeps into the deepest reserves of our groundwater. But here, our responses to destruction can also find fresh roots. As Tsing asks, “How else can we account for the fact that anything is alive in the mess we have made?”

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FICUNAM 2023: A CONVERSATION WITH NAOMI UMAN ON HER TRAJECTORY UP TO ‘THREE SPARKS’

By Katy Montoya

Naomi Uman is known for her experimental and intervened in film like Removed and Hand-Eye Coordination. Her reflections on the gaze over women’s bodies don’t fall into a simplistic anti porn stance or reduce the desire to see women’s bodies to a masculine whim. Other segments of her work can be characterized by an impulse to reach out into the world that is accompanied intimately by an impulse to reach inward and make herself vulnerable.

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IMAGES FESTIVAL 2023: ORIANA, DE BEATRIZ SANTIAGO MUÑOZ (SPA/ENG)

Por José Sarmiento Hinojosa

Imaginar posibles futuros como acto de resistencia. Las ficciones especulativas como alternativas de pensamiento decolonial son una práctica bienvenida en la región en la última década, especialmente si pensamos en la obra que ha salido de estas iniciativas: filmes notables como Anhell69 de Theo Montoya (2022) o Mato Seco en Chamas de Adirley Queiróz y Joana Pimenta (2022) filmes que trabajan sobre la reconfiguración de lo simbólico, que imaginan líneas paralelas de tiempo en donde las resistencias se dan a través de “fantasmagorias eróticas” (Valentina Giraldo sobre Anhell69) o “arcadias perdidas” (como es el universo regido por mujeres de Mato Seco en Chamas.

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