Film Festival Reports

Our coverage on the latest film fests.

CROSSROADS 2020 PROGRAM 8: UNKNOWN SUBJECTS

By Mónica Delgado

In these days of health crisis, Crossroads film festival, organized by San Francisco Cinematheque, offers nine programs for free online viewing, grouped according to different thematic criteria or according to certain expressive motives, although many of them were raised to confront or resignify some common topics in this type of curatorship. This edition, led by filmmaker Steve Polta, promotes in its programs, beyond the viewings themselves, strategies of relation, correspondences or even absences.

CROSSROADS 202O.PROGRAM 4: ALL THOSE THINGS YOU USED TO FEEL

By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

I’ve been trying to articulate a coherent piece after watching program 4 of Crossroads Film Festival, a creature guided by the acute intuition of filmmaker Steve Polta. It occurs to me, somehow, that a man of such artistic caliber might be one of the most appropriate people to curate a program as extensive and rich in interactions.

CROSSROADS 2020.PROGRAM 3: TAKE THIS AS SOME KIND OF SIGNAL

By Pablo Gamba

Program 3 of Crossroads experimental film festival, “Take this as some kind of signal”, presented nine short films by Jodie Mack, Bruno Valera, Colectivo los Ingrávidos, Callum Walter, Im Youngzoo and other filmmakers, grouped around the subject of communication and other topics, such as science fiction and plants.

MUTA 2020: SHARITS/KASSEL 2015 BY ANTONI PINENT

By Mónica Delgado

A short experimental film, an homage to Paul Sharits by Catalonian filmmaker Antoni Pinent was projected in one of the brief international sections of the fourth edition of MUTA – International Audiovisual Appropriation Festival. Paul Sharits, the great avantgarde visual artist, a key piece of the called “structural cinema” from the United States.

MUTA 2020: LULU FAUSTINE BY STEPHEN BROOMER

By Mónica Delgado

By this time of the century, we could say that Pandora’s Box (1929) G.W. Pabst classic silent film, shows women as guilty of tragedy. Everything in the film is associated with the myth of the famous box that encloses all the evils in the world, opened by Epimetheus wife, Pandora, which in Pabst film takes a sweet materiality in the figure of Louise Brooks.

OBERHAUSEN FILM FESTIVAL 2020: FOCUS HENRI PLAAT

By Monica Delgado

In times of political correctness, Henri Plaat’s work displays disturbing. Beyond the search for the perfect shot and frames, the result of the filmmaker’s pictorial provenance, a suggestive transgressive intention is perceived, that at the same time, seeks to confront common senses about the beautiful, the grotesque, with criticism of social hypocrisy.

OBERHAUSEN FILM FESTIVAL 2020: SHORT FILMS ABOUT MEMORY AND PERCEPTION 1

By Ivonne Sheen

These days, when our physical interactions are quite limited and we constantly communicate through interfaces, memory could mean this common place within our affections, where we can still relate deeply with our subjectivity. Some short films from Oberhausen’s International Competition reflect on memory and perception. Both are human experiences that, fundamentally nowadays, are essentially valuable. This is a first entry about these topics.

OBERHAUSEN FILM FESTIVAL 2020: THE ARTON FOUNDATION PROGRAM

By Ivonne Sheen

One of the greatest achievements of Oberhausen short film Festival is their showcase of film and video Archives’ curatorial selections. Among them, Fundacja Arton’s exhibition curated by Marika Ku?micz, showed film and video works by female artist with strong avant-garde and feminist voices. The Arton Foundation compiles private archives of artists’ works, who during the 60s and 70s created the artistic scene in Poland during their communist era.

OBERHAUSEN FILM FESTIVAL 2020: INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION PROGRAM 2

By Ivonne Sheen

The online streaming of Oberhausen’s Film Festival is organized chronically. Different programs are shared everyday, which will be online only for 48 hours. This method contributes to a constant rhythm of viewing, closer to the regular dynamics during Film Festivals. In this way, the audiences are more able to catch most of the Film Festival along its duration. This online version goes through 13-18 May.

VISIONS DU RÉEL 2020: THE CALM AFTER THE STORM BY MERCEDES GAVIRIA

By Ivonne Sheen

The Calm after the Storm (2020) by young colombian filmmaker Mónica Gaviria is a bright example of these new gazes, which aim to renew and re build new paths in latinamerican filmmaking, and break away from ideologies rooted in past generations, by exposing and question them. The film is part of the competitive section Burning Lights.