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Film Festival Reports

LOCARNO 2021: FOU DE BASSAN BY YANN GONZALEZ

By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

Barely reaching the 4-minute mark, Fou de Bassin (2021) is a magnificent exercise of synthesis by queer cinema master Yann Gonzalez. It’s notable its presence as a project that started being a videoclip for the music by electro-dub duo Jita Sensation which turned into a short film: all the codes of the music video are present, more playfully than every, and recreating a lost arcade of lovers floating in a limbo of neon lights and the ever present, immanent atmosphere of eros.

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LOCARNO 2021: GERDA AND LUZIFER

By Mónica Delgado

Gerda obtained recognition for her protagonist as best actress and Luzifer caused expectation because it arrived with the patronage of Ulrich Seidl. Both works of young filmmakers seen in the international competition of the Locarno festival, are in line with the type of films that attract the attention of some programmers, based on their stories, which could be considered as striking in these events: a teenager as pole dancer while studying and taking care of her mother during the day, or a strange and fanatic family that lives isolated from the world. Beyond the gimmicky synopses, we were faced with irregular films, which left us with some unease.

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LOCARNO 2021: ESPÍRITU SAGRADO BY CHEMA GARCÍA IBARRA

By Mónica Delgado

We find in Espíritu sagrado (Sacred Spirit) a concretion of the visual and fictional universe that fascinates the Spanish filmmaker Chema García Ibarra. Codes of “folkloric” science fiction, of ufological and paranormal imaginary in an extravagant range, and ordinary beings alienated to a way of perceiving the world, which can be monstrous, but almost nobody wants to see. This time we are in the community of Elche, in the south of Spain, whose physiognomy refers very well to a village environment akin to vintage nostalgia which invites us to place ourselves in an imprecise, liminal period, where fantasies and beliefs become post-truths, certainties to be protected.

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LOCARNO 2021: LA PLACE D’UNE AUTRE BY AURÉLIA GEORGES

By Mónica Delgado

This third feature film by French filmmaker Aurélia Georges draws on classic forms. Being the adaptation of a story by the English writer Wilkie Collins, published in 1873, La Place d’une autre maintains fidelity to the spirit and literary style, which seeks to establish distances and correspondences between social classes, and between the consequences of the economic crisis typical of contexts of war. However, the filmmaker sets the story many years later, in the middle of the First World War, which allows us to evade the Victorian era and places the drama in France.

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LOCARNO 2021: THE CASE OF THE VANISHING GODS BY ROSS LIPMAN

By Monica Delgado

The Case of the Vanishing Gods is the new work of the filmmaker, archivist and film essayist Ross Lipman, which recovers the elements of fascination for the archive, reissue and essayistic reflection of his previous works. This time he makes it through a few episodes of a series called The Psycho ward, which is renamed differently for the purposes of the festival. But that is the least of it, what matters here is the way in which Lipman talks about the figure of the double, or the other, here embodied in the relationship of doll and ventriloquist through his constructions and imaginary in the cinema.

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LOCARNO 2021: MIS HERMANOS SUEÑAN DESPIERTOS BY CLAUDIA HUAIQUIMILLA

By Mónica Delgado

Mis Hermanos Sueñan Despiertos (My brothers dream awake), the second feature film by Chilean filmmaker Claudia Huaiquimilla, is a fiction inspired by real events that happened inside a juvenile detention center. It is the story of two teenage brothers who live there with other young people waiting for their freedom. In this sense, it is a learning film, but as the director puts it, even more towards the end, it is also a denunciation film, which seeks to generate empathy with the victims of this type of reconversion and punitive policies .

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LOCARNO 2018: AL NAHER AND SOUL OF A BEAST

By Mónica Delgado

These two feature films presented in the international competition section of the Locarno festival, in its 2021 edition, are like two opposite poles. On the one hand, they reflect the eclectic spirit of the selection, which wants to reveal itself as a panorama of works of diverse descent and intention, also taking into account that there is a new director -Giona A. Nazzaro- who wants to give a particular touch to her management. And on the other, these are two experiences that could also illustrate two trends in some festivals today.

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LOCARNO 2021: A MÁQUINA INFERNAL BY FRANCIS VOGNER DOS REIS

By Mónica Delgado

A Maquina Infernal (The Infernal Machine) is the directorial debut of the Brazilian film critic and programmer Francis Vogner Dos Reis. It is also one of the few Latin American shorts seen in this 74th edition of the Locarno Film Festival. Although Vogner has experience as a screenwriter, producer and even actor in some independent Brazilian films (he was a screenwriter for Jogo das Decapitações (2013), by Sergio Bianchi; O Último Trago (2016), by Pedro Diógenes, Luiz Pretti and Ricardo Pretti; and Os Sonâmbulos (2018), by Tiago Mata Machado), this is a first foray into direction that allows us to know what those affiliations or motivations are, here associated with codes of genre cinema (the most conceptual horror cinema), bundled to a social critique from an automated working-class world. The thing is, Vogner comes off fine.

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LOCARNO 2021: ATLAS BY NICCOLÒ CASTELLI

By Mónica Delgado

Atlas is the second feature film by Italian filmmaker Niccolò Castelli, and it concentrates all its structure on bringing to life the portrait of Allegra, a young woman who has suffered the loss of her boyfriend and some nearby friends during a terrorist attack. The film is constructed in such a way, due to the use of various flashbacks, that guilt, trauma and mourning join suspicion, mistrust and a xenophobic stance from the main character, prejudices that are gradually being cleared.

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LOCARNO 2021: HEAVENS ABOVE (NEBESA) BY SRDAN DRAGOJEVIC

By Mónica Delgado

Serbian filmmaker Srdan Dragojevic returns to Nebesa to talk about another side of the Balkan conflict, from satire and comedy, and sometimes from the grotesque. From three parts, one in 1993, another in 2001, and a third in 2016, he composes a fresco through time on the crisis of Christian religion, as well as a great narrative axis to achieve a political critique on the ecclesiastical institutionality.

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