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Film Festival Reports

MEDIA CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2018: DRESDEN DYNAMO BY LIS RHODES & LANDSCAPE (FOR MANON) BY PETER HUTTON

By Alonso Castro

Dresden Dynamo (1972) is one of the films that Lis Rhodes made in her years as a student in the media course at the North East London Polytechnic. Lis Rhodes belonged to the group of avant-garde British filmmakers of the 1970s. Rhodes’ work is recognized for having experimented with the audiovisual language, linking its aesthetic proposal with a political questioning of the conventional forms of both the film field and society.

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Cine latinoamericano

MEDIA CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2018: COYOLXAUHQUI DEL COLECTIVO LOS INGRÁVIDOS

Por Pablo Gamba

Las películas de Los Ingrávidos han llamado la atención sobre todo desde 2014, el año de la desaparición forzosa de 43 estudiantes de la Escuela Normal de Ayotzinapa, en México, que fue motivo de protestas en todo el mundo. El colectivo mexicano, formado en 2011 y que ha publicado más de 300 trabajos sin identificar individualmente a los autores, se caracteriza por hacer un cine político underground –“incendiario” lo llaman ellos–, en particular sobre la violencia, aprovechando las posibilidades de difusión que da hoy Internet.

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MEDIA CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2017: ALEXANDRE LAROSE, CAULEEN SMITH

By José Sarmiento-Hinojosa

This technical feature in black and white, color and sepia transcends the mechanical feats which in themselves are remarkable. The narrative of space-time, allows for a different perception of the experimental narrative, where the displacement of space is fundamental for recreating this “time of concentration” where the shifts and the placement of the image are something that one is completely aware of. In some way, Larose’s work teaches how to watch again.

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MEDIA CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2017: CAMILO RESTREPO, HELENA GIRÓN AND MANUEL DELGADO, ANA VAZ

By Aldo Padilla

“I came to Comala because I was told that my father lived here, someone named Pedro Páramo”. That’s the start of the Juan Rulfo novel, which is a search of a ghostly figure in a town which seems to be a strange representation of limbo. Meanwhile, the questions about the land where the dying live arises, and also the question if the land itself is dying, a land whose blood circulates in form of lava, that from time to time needs to depurate some wounds through volcanos.

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MEDIA CITY FILM FESTIVAL: ESTHER URLUS, TERRA LONG, MANUELA DE LABORDE

By Ivonne Sheen

The Sea: organic millenary presence, reckless, that constantly roars under the Moon’s spell. Place of combats, and great escapes. Sunken Universe which evokes the immensity of its nature. Unavoidable poetic image that transcends the human simplicity. As part of the Media City Film Festivals 2017 ’s International Competition, two films approach the sea from the cinematic experience to evoke new aesthetic relations with it.

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MEDIA CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2017: KEVIN J. EVERSON & CLAUDRENA N. HAROLD, EPHRAIM ASILI

By Morella Moret

Ephrain’s Asili’s Fluid Frontiers brings together elements of his intimate relationship with African American struggle, freedom and resistance to tell us the story of the people of Detroit. Through metaphors, poems and sensations, he exemplifies different moments of the long journey of the city and the African-American struggle that lead us to this day.

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MEDIA CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2017: ESTHER URLUS, TERRA LONG Y MANUELA DE LABORDE

Por Ivonne Sheen

El Mar: presencia orgánica milenaria, temeraria, que ruge sin cesar a manos de la Luna. Lugar de combates, de escapes. Lugar de tránsito y de desapariciones. Universo sumergido que evoca la inmensidad de su naturaleza. Inevitable imagen poética que trasciende la simpleza humana. Como parte de la competencia internacional del Media City Film Festival 2017, se encuentran compitiendo dos cortometrajes que se aproximan al mar desde la experiencia cinemática para evocar nuevas relaciones estéticas con este.

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MEDIA CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2017: FUGUE, A LIGHT’S TRAVELOGUE BY ELS VAN RIEL

By Mónica Delgado

As in Gradual Speed, of of his latest works, the artist and filmmaker Els van Riel explores the diverse mechanisms of light as a physical and optical effect, in its specificity and materiality. In her Fugue, a Light’s Travelogue (Belgium, 2017), presented in Media City Film Festival, she elaborates a proposal of a story of light from its reverse, the phantasmagoric effect of shadows, light games and ghosts that surge from the darkness.

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