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CANNES – QUINZAINE DES RÉALISATEURS 2021: TRAIN AGAIN BY PETER TSCHERKASSKY

By José Sarmiento

Peter Tscherkassky’s latest masterpiece Train Again (2021) is a magnificent work of synthesis: of the history of cinema, of cinema as a spectacle, of the anxiety of industrialization, of the unveiling of cinema apparatus, of the possibilities and expansion of structural cinema. Dedicated to his good friend and structural filmmaker extraordinaire, Kurt Kren, Tscherkassky shares the same impulses of the work he’s homaging.

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CANNES – QUINZAINE DES RÉALISATEURS 2021: EL EMPLEADO Y EL PATRÓN BY MANUEL NIETO ZAS

By Mónica Delgado

As part of the Latin American premieres in this edition of the 74th Cannes Film Festival, El Empleado y el Patrón (The Employee and the Boss), by Uruguayan filmmaker Manuel Nieto Zas, appears in the selection of feature lengths at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs. Nieto Zas returns after a “silence” of eight years, after making El lugar del hijo (2013), a film with great affinity with this new work, since both pose male relationships, from absences and presence of family ties, and from the rural life in the north of the country.

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CANNES – QUINZAINE DES RÉALISATEURS 2021: ÎNTREGALDE BY RADU MUNTEAN

By Mónica Delgado

The old premise of getting lost in the woods, addressed in cinema specially in the fantasy genre, is transformed by the gaze of the Romanian Radu Muntean into an opportunity to test a group of urban characters confronting a rural world anchored in time. In Întregalde (2021), a convoy of 4 x 4 and other off-road trucks from Bucharest ride in an humanitarian or charitable work trip through some villages in the most remote areas of Transylvania. What begins as a rewarding activity between middle-class families and friends carrying bags of canned food, turns into a nightmare when one of these three-member’s cars (played by Maria Popistasu, Ilona Brezoianu and Alex Bogdan) is left behind, stuck in the mud due to some wrong directions given by a local.

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OBERHAUSEN 2021: SON CHANT BY VIVIAN OSTROVSKY

By Mónica Delgado

A few days ago the 67th edition of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen culminated, which was held in a dual edition, and whose programming covered several recent short films, some of them experimental. Among them, I highlight the recent work Son Chant (2020) by the American filmmaker and curator Vivian Ostrovsky, who was born in New York, grew up in Rio de Janeiro and currently resides in Paris.

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OBERHAUSEN: ABOUT SHORT FILMS IEVA AND MEMORIES (MINNEN)

By Monica Delgado

Within the international competition of Oberhausen International Festival, I was able to watch two remarkable short films, which from their particularities ,address female characters in atypical situations, as constructions, that is, as imaginary designs of ideal prototypes , which are seen in the impossibility of a “must be”: the fiction Ieva, by filmmakers Vytautas Plukas and Domas Petronis, and the documentary Memories (Minnen) by Kristin Johannessen.

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VISIONS DU RÉEL 2021: BELA BY PRANTIK BASU

By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

The sinuous forms in the floor, carefully drawn by the women in Bela, create a wonderful pattern of contours. This movement, carefully paced and produced as a celebration, serves as a preparation for the Chhau, a local traditional mask folk dance in the town. In the first moments of Bela, we see the men of the town, preparing for the dance, their movement sinuous also create contours in the air, a strange electricity captured by Indian director Prantik Narayan Basu.

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VISIONS DU RÉEL 2021: SONGS OF LIVING BY CÉCILE ALLEGRA

By Monica Delgado

As part of the special screenings, the documentary Songs of the Living (Les Chant des vivant, 2021) by French director Cécile Allegra was seen in the inaugural and online setting of the 52nd edition of the Swiss festival Visions du Réel. This new work adheres to the interests expressed by the filmmaker in her previous documentaries, insofar as it addresses social issues with a clear political and commitment component.

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VISIONS DU RÉEL 2021: COURAGE BY ALIAKSEI PALUYAN

By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

Behind the crisp cinematography of Aleksei’s Paluvan latest documentary Courage (2020), lies the story of an underground theater group in Minsk, surviving through times of Alexander Lukashenko’s dictatorship of over 20 years, in the middle of a fraudulent election to further prolong the last communist regime in Europe.

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VISIONS DU RÉEL 2021: SHORT FILMS BY MOONA PENNANEN, JULIE RAMAGE AND CRISTINA MOTTA

By Monica Delgado

This online edition of the Visions du Reél festival has a competition for shorts and medium-length films that allows access to some works, which, although they are made under a very different influence from each other, gives a glimpse of the political touch of this edition, understood as a critical approach to various contemporary facts of reality.

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