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BAFICI 2012: 10+10 -VARIUS

By Lea Liotine

I anticipated this film with the highest expectations, not only because it was a potpourri of twenty-five minute shorts by many established and emerging Taiwanese directors, including the master himself Hou Hsiao-hsien, but also because it was commissioned by the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Republic of China’s formal establishment.

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BAFICI 2012: TABÚ BY MIGUEL GOMES

Por Mónica Delgado

Tabú is a film of references to the old days of cinema, a two part tale (“Lost paradise” and “paradise”), an ode to black and white nostalgia, to the expressive aesthetics of silent film, with small moments of brilliant humor and a 60’s pop soundtrack. If in Aquel querido mes de agosto, Gomes makes a lucid exercise in expressive renovation and metalanguage surprises, in Tabú, the clear homage to F.W. Murnau’s film feels powerful, like if the ghost of the German filmmaker was tempted to suddenly appear in front of us.

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BAFICI 2012: BESTIAIRE BY DENIS COTÉ

By Catherine Jessica Beed

In the opening sequence of Bestiaire, three artists sketch a doe, slowly revealed to be dead and stuffed. The differing ways they focus on recreating the animal, one outlining, one laying the foundation for texture over form, initially coaxes a thoughtful introspection, that each of us in one moment viewing the same thing will always differ in our interests and perceptions of what we are seeing.

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BAFICI 2012: ALOIS NEBEL BY TOMÁS LUNÁK

By Mónica Delgado

Alois Nebel is an adaptation of Jaroslav Rudiš andJaromír 99’s graphic novel, realized in rotoscoping: A technique which traces animated movements shot by shot following a previous real filming (as in Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly or Waking Life)

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BAFICI 2012: PATER DE ALAIN CAVALIER

By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

It’s been a while since Alain Cavalier chose digital video (DV format) to shoot intimate personal mosaics, diaries of immense depth dealing with life, death, and things between.

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BAFICI 2012: L’AGE ATOMIQUE BY HELENA KLOTZ

By Mónica Delgado

Directed by the debutant Héléna Klotz, L’Age Atomique is a brief film that boards one of the most recurrent topics of independent cinema: adolescence and its digressions. Two boys riding a train to Paris appear on the scene. Alcohol and Red Bull, quotes to rock lyrics, music bands and poetes maldits: Elements that link us to that universe which exacerbates the “atomic age”; a sense of mockery, discovery, alienation and apathy.

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BAFICI 2012: TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY BY TOMAS ALFREDSON

By John A. Riley

At one point in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Kathy Burke’s dejected, alcoholic ex-secret service researcher is enthusing about the good old days. Gary Oldman’s George Smiley reminds her that she’s talking about the era of World War Two, and she responds, dewy-eyed: “a real war… Englishmen could be proud then.”

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BAFICI 2012: ON DEATH ROW DE WERNER HERZOG

By Catherine Jessica Beed

Werner Herzog has always been interested in documenting the misfits of society, his films fascinated with outcasts and the complex extremities of human beings. With this project, Herzog draws to attention the very real and very sensitive matter of capital punishment, and further continues one of  his journeys into exposing the human condition.

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