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Film Festival Reports

ROTTERDAM 2021: THREE FILMS ON/BY WOMEN

By Mónica Delgado

Breaking the pigeonhole of women who make films about women provides an opportunity for a diversity of stories, from plots, arguments, from this gender perspective. Three proposals presented in the online edition of the Rotterdam Festival allow exploring expressive options as results of formal searches, arranged to achieve a sensitive effect from female characters (transporting the myth of Lilith to a cinematographic idea or converting the cast into a form of struggle against disappearance or the ephemeral).

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ROTTERDAM 2021: RIDERS OF JUSTICE OR THE FESTIVAL’S OTHER FACE

By Mónica Delgado

The Rotterdam International Film Festival joins the new normal demanded by the context of the pandemic and has been developing its 50th edition online. This festival, based in the Netherlands, has been characterized over the last few years as a space for the exhibition and discussion of a more risky cinema, with an independent profile and young filmmakers, who participate with first works above all.

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FESTIVAL DES CINÉMAS DIFFÉRENTS 2020: MARIE LOSIER, PIERRE-LUC VAILLANCOURT, CHARLOTTE CLERMONT, PATRICK BOKANOWSKI

By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

The 22nd edition of Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux in Paris has reunited some of the most intriguing and interesting experimental works around the globe (55 films from 33 countries). This online program allowed us to watch the latest works of major names in cinema like Roger Deutsch, Jacques Perconte, Patrick Bokanowski, and others. 

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BERWICK FILM FESTIVAL 2020: SHORTFILMS BY ANGELO MADSEN MINAX, PAYAL KAPADIA AND AYO AKINGBADE

By Mónica Delgado

This edition included the section Filmmakers in focus, which has selection of young filmmakers’ short films and which maintain a particular expressive universe. This is how we were able to discover certain works of the artist and documentary filmmaker Angelo Madsen Minax, the Hindu filmmaker Payal Kapadia and the artist, writer and filmmaker Ayo Akingbade, from England. This panorama, this selection, allowed them to ahieve a value of the different works of these young artists, that went through international festivals like Rotterdam, Ann Harbor or Berlinale.

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CROSSROADS 2020: 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.

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CROSSROADS 202O: 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.

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CROSSROADS 2020: 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.

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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.

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