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Berlinale

BERLINALE 2021: ON FILMS BY ALEXANDER KOBERIDZE AND CÉLINE SCIAMMA

By Mónica Delgado

Both Petite Maman, by the French Céline Sciamma, and What do we see when we look at the sky?, by the Georgian Alexandre Koberidze, allow us to measure a sensitivity from the programming of festivals in relation to the pandemic crisis, which in addition to being economic, is also emotional. Is it that, from now on, films that show more than the optimistic future of humanity will pour over us? Are now these films of guilt and tragedy or those of beautiful human warmth “necessary” films?

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Berlinale

BERLINALE 2021: INTRODUCTION BY HONG SANG-SOO

By Mónica Delgado

As in The Day After or On The Beach At Night Alone, Hong Sang-soo focuses her new account on certain questioning of representations of masculinity. Characters dejected by some conventions, who discuss common places or preconceived ideas about how they should act in certain situations. The film tells a few passages in the life of Youngho (Shin Seokho), a young acting student who gives up studying for love. This seems to be the central premise of a film, which, as often happens in the South Korean filmmaker’s cinema, is divided into parts and subject to some situations fragmented by huge ellipses or jumps in time.

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Berlinale

BERLINALE 2021: ABOUT FILMS BY AVI MOGRABI, ALICE DIOP AND ZHU SHENGZE

By Mónica Delgado

The shot that A River Runs, Turns, Erases, Replaces (2021) opens with, refers to pandemic-ridden Wuhan. A “necessary” context to begin to describe the Chinese city most mentioned by the news throughout the past year. Sirens sounds, few people in the almost empty streets with masks, while security agents guard the quarantine. But, the intention of the filmmaker Zhu Shengze is not to take a look at this place in response to all the stereotypes and prejudices with xenophobic issues that also circulated in the media and networks.Military Occupation

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Berlinale

BERLINALE 2021: THE POLEMICS BEHIND BLACK BACH ARTSAKH

By Mónica Delgado

This film, which is part of the Forum Expanded section of the Berlin International Film Festival, caught my attention due to requests for the withdrawal of the film in the program and the censorship of political activists on social networks, calling it pure propaganda about a war, with claims against the justification of ethnocides, ethnic cleansing and fascism.

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Berlinale

BERLINALE 2021: MOON,66 QUESTIONS BY JACQUELINE LENTZOU

By Mónica Delgado

Greek filmmaker Jacqueline Lentzou marks her feature debut with Moon, 66 Questions. As in her previous short films, especially in Hector Malot: The Last Day of the Year (2018) or The End of Suffering (2020), here we have a young protagonist solving everyday issues, and her problems, with a touch of fable. In this first work, Lentzou also resorts to a strange and dreamlike atmosphere, or to that “Greek touch” in some moments with the direction of actors and actresses, moving between the histrionic and stylized, a style filmmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari patented in her works about women.

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Film Festival Reports

IFFR 2021 INTERVIEW: PAZ FÁBREGA

by Rodrigo Garay

IFFR’s competitions took place during the first part, online. In the Big Screen Competition was Aurora, Paz Fábrega’s new feature film. Eleven years ago, Fábrega was the first Costa Rican filmmaker to win IFFR’s Tiger Competition, with her first feature: Cold Water of the Sea. Aurora has a familiar vibe, but the social dynamics between its main characters, a teacher named Luisa and a pregnant teenager named Yuliana, seem ahead of their time.

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Film Festival Reports

ROTTERDAM 2021: LOOKING FOR VENERA BY NORIKA SEFA

By Mónica Delgado

Presented in the International Competition of Rotterdam Film Festival, where it received a special mention from the jury, Looking for Venera is a classic coming of age film, with all the necessary components for this genre to work: a repressive home, the castrating father, a submissive mother, a hostile social environment, sexual awakening, an oscillating friendship and an apparently not very expressive character who later finds his place in the world.

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Film Festival Reports

ROTTERDAM 2021: FROM THE ANDES TO A LSD TIDE

By Mónica Delgado

Films such as earthearthearth by Japanese filmmaker Daïchi Saïto cry out for a return to the cinema screen. Not only because these are experiences that require a dark room, but also because perhaps festivals, galleries or some performance, with their presence, made these projections acts of communion.

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