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Cinéma du Réel

CINÉMA DU RÉEL: KINDERTOTENLIEDER BY VIRGIL VERNIER

By Monica Delgado

We knew the work of Virgil Vernier from acting and directing fictions like the great Mercuriales, so his new work with archive material gives us a different facet from the documentary side. Seen in the French films section of the recent Cinéma du Réel, Kindertotenlieder is a reconstruction of the riots in Clichy-sous-Bois, near Paris in 2005, taken from television news videos

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Cinéma du Réel

CINÉMA DU RÉEL: UN SOUVENIR D’ARCHIVES BY CHRISTOPHE BISSON

By Monica Delgado

How to establish a relationship between memory, archive and the present that escapes the usual common meanings of historical documentaries? How to approach the biographical genre without appealing to the classic narrative elements where the interpellation is left out? How to describe the sensitivity and baggage of the archivist in this process of recovery and reinterpretation of memory

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Cinéma du Réel

CINÉMA DU RÉEL: FIGURE MINUS FACT BY MARY HELENA CLARK

By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

“Don’t talk unless you  can’t improve the silence”

Before anything, the seemingly fleeting and unconnected images of Mary Helena Clark’s Figure Minus Fact (2020) speak of a great convergence. It’s a convergence of dialectical knowledge, through inherent contingency of images from the apparatus of life, which opens with the mechanism of a bell as a great conveyor for beginning.

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Berlinale

BERLINALE 2021: THE INHERITANCE, TZAREVNA SCALING, JACK’S RIDE AND WHAT WILL BE OF SUMMER

By Monica Delgado

Some days have passed since the 71st edition of the Berlinale and some films remain as an echo. One of those is The Inheritance by the American Ephraim Asili, which we were able to see in the Forum section. This documentary materializes  the idea of ??ubuntu throughout its footage, a concept that refers to an order of community justice, protected by the traditions and thoughts of African people in their resistance to slavery and colonization.

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Berlinale

BERLINALE 2021: FILMS BY ANA VAZ, FERN SILVA, SOHRAB HURA AND KIM MINJUNG

By Monica Delgado

In this article I have grouped films seen in the Berlinale’s Forum Expanded and Encounters section, beyond their postulates, since although almost all are supported by premises, theses or concepts of a political or social nature; they explore various expressive options confronting presumptions or canons of the audiovisual language itself. Quoting Wallace Stevens or Hollis Frampton, tracing the spatial route between a volcanic eruption and stellar immensity or attending a lunar rite in the midst of the waves, they intertwine various creative outings with certain notion of déjà vu.

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Berlinale

BERLINALE 2021: BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN BY RADU JUDE

By Mónica Delgado

The domestic images of a sexual act are the raw material with which Romanian Radu Jude begins and builds a satire, understood here as a discourse that sharply and corrosively criticizes a system of habits and flaws, prejudices and common meanings, although not with a moralizing intention, but with a politically burlesque one.

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Berlinale

BERLINALE 2021: STE. ANNE BY RHAYNE VERMETTE

By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

This idea finally gave materialized in Ste. Anne (2021), Rhayne’s first feature film and also her first venture into narrative experimental fiction. Though she has kept alive very much what is the essence of her experimental work, in Ste. Anne there’s an expansion to her methods, her primal interests on the idea of deconstruction, the ruin as a seminal element that triggers her creative process and her own vital relation with the materiality of film. This is manifested through a connection that is expanded:

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