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Film Festival Reports

VISIONS DU RÉEL 2021: SHORT FILMS BY MOONA PENNANEN, JULIE RAMAGE AND CRISTINA MOTTA

By Monica Delgado

This online edition of the Visions du Reél festival has a competition for shorts and medium-length films that allows access to some works, which, although they are made under a very different influence from each other, gives a glimpse of the political touch of this edition, understood as a critical approach to various contemporary facts of reality.

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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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