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Film Festival Reports

OBERHAUSEN 2022: YAGÉ BY MARTÍN MOLINA GOLA

By Monica Delgado

A quote by William Burroughs is the prelude – or door – to the journey that the Mexican filmmaker and researcher Martín Molina Gola proposes in Yagé (2021), from a tense black and white, product of a negative treatment of digital video. The beatnik brand as a reflection for entering an Amazonian universe, perhaps a cliché option, or perhaps a tie with a poetic or worldview around the processes produced by yagué or ayahuasca.

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Film Festival Reports

OBERHAUSEN 2022: GYPSIES IN DUISBURG BY RAINER KOMERS

By Monica Delgado

A few days ago, the 68th edition of the Oberhausen Film Festival concluded, which featured around 600 short and medium-length films from more than 70 countries, 44 of them with viewing in some online sections. After the pandemic confinement, the festival continues to be a meeting place for curators, programmers, artists, filmmakers and the general public from various parts of the world, and also as a thermometer of current trends in the format.

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Cinéma du Réel

CINÉMA DU RÉEL 2022: ANYOX, URBAN SOLUTIONS

By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

Somehow this particular edition of Cinéma du Réel has made me feel as being trapped in the fauces of history. And history, it is something inescapable. It’s part of what we as humans are experiencing currently, history-in-the-making, as well as part of the aftermath of history. But the history that has been told throughout the more than 10 films I watched in the program suggests that there seems to be an urgency by the filmmakers or the programmers to situate us in this moment to both look back on the remains of the past, or to look under our feet to watch the passage of time and its terrible unavoidability unfold.

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Cinéma du Réel

CINÉMA DU RÉEL 2022: DEVIL’S PEAK, HORS-TITRE

By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

On the other side of Cinéma du Reél’s program, the underlying subject of capitalism/neoliberalism and its related issues is also present, although presented through the lenses of two experimental filmmakers, who are filming from the perspective of the underlying poetry of historical events in a meta linguistic fashion (Hors-Titre), or furiously portraying the geography/psychology of a land in turmoil (Devil’s Peak) and its inherent complexities.

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Cinéma du Réel

CINÉMA DU RÉEL 2022: WE STUDENTS!, DOMY+AILUCHA: KET STUFF!

By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

A subjacent theme seems to have permeated the program of the latest edition of Cinéma du Réel: somehow the preoccupations on the effects of colonialism and capitalism and its aftermath seems to be manifesting deeply in the different sections of the festival. Arguably, not all the films in the programs address this issue head-on, but the latent marks of these particular elements in former colonized lands, and the situation in the different territories that are now within the geography post-pandemic/neoliberalist/late-stage capitalism countries, “late-developed” and “first world” ones, appear to be more tangible than ever. There is a necessity to address these stories, because behind this whole conglomerate of history-made-scar lies real human beings, attempting to somehow navigate the waters of the world they’ve received. 

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Berlinale

BERLINALE 2022: GEOGRAPHIES OF SOLITUDE BY JACQUELYNE MILLS

By Monica Delgado

Geographies of Solitude is the debut feature film by Canadian Jacquelyn Mills and is a different and auspicious experience in the documentary treatment and in the approach to its protagonist, the conservationist, activist and naturalist Zoe Lucas, who has lived since the seventies on an island lonely, Sable Island. The filmmaker’s gaze on her character allows us to value the committed dimension of Lucas in the study of the fauna and flora of the area and in his fight against the plastic waste that ends up in the confines of the island. And Mills does not stay in the convention, but she explores from the diversity of textures, exposures and montage that 16mm allows.

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Berlinale

BERLINALE 2022: AFTERWATER BY DANE KOMLJEN

By Monica Delgado

Divided into three parts, Afterwater is a feature film that configures a world based on the texture of formats. In this second work, the Serbian filmmaker and artist based in Berlin, Dane Komljen, chooses a topic and an even group of characters to explore some dimensions of space and time, in three episodes that distill stories and corporalities around the figure of a lake , and from three different supports.

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Berlinale

BERLINALE 2022: ALCARRÀS BY CARLA SIMÓN

By Monica Delgado

The winner of the recent Golden Bear at the 72nd Berlinale, Alcarràs, by the Spanish filmmaker Carla Simón, is a defense of a mode of production that has fallen into disrepair due to capitalism, but also of a state of things from the safeguarding of tradition, from the old -and heartfelt- idea of ??home.

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Berlinale

BERLINALE 2022: THE NOVELIST’S FILM BY HONG SANGSOO

By Monica Delgado

In In front on your face, one of Hong Sangsoo’s films released last year, Lee Hye-young plays an actress who returns to her country due to a critical situation that gradually reveals itself in the film. Clearly, due to the climate, the tone, the gestures and dialogues of the characters, we are in the branch of Sangsoo’s films where there is a dramatic component (in this case, the farewell, the announcement of death), with an intention more thoughtful than his other fresher, more casual-looking films. While in The Novelist’s Film (So-seol-ga-ui yeong-hwa, 2022), another side of the coin appears.

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Berlinale

BERLINALE 2022: SE HACE CAMINO AL ANDAR BY PAULA GAITÁN

By Monica Delgado

Although this short film by the Colombian-Brazilian filmmaker Paula Gaitán had its premiere at the Tiradentes festival in 2021, and was announced at the 71st edition of the Berlinale, due to the pandemic its exhibition had to be postponed and rescheduled pending the face-to-face edition of the festival. For this reason, Se Hace Camino al Andar (The Path When Walking, Brazil, 2021) is part of the Closer to the Ground exhibition, a series of installations at the Silent Green Kulturquartier, as part of the Forum Expanded program at the current Berlinale, which runs until February 20th. Gaitán’s short shares the stage with works by Haig Aivazian, Grace Ndiritu, Musquiqui Chihying, Maya Schweizer, Rosalind Morris, among others.

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