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BERLINALE 2021: PABLO ÁLVAREZ-MESA ABOUT HIS FILM “BICENTENARIO”

By Mónica Delgado

Colombian Pablo Álvarez-Mesa is one of the figures of contemporary documentary filmmaking in his country. With a work expanded from the hybridity of documentary and non-fiction, Álvarez-Mesa presented his film Bicentenario at the virtual edition of Forum Expanded at the Berlin International Film Festival. His films have been seen on different occasions at festivals such as IFFR, Visions du Reél and Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal. He has a Master’s in Film Production from Concordia University and experience as a director, cameraman, and editor. Among his works we have Presidio Modelo (2009), Jelena’s Song (2010) and La Pesca (2017).

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GIANFRANCO ROSI: “DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING MUST BE SOMETHING MORE EMOTIONAL”

By Malena Martínez Cabrera

“Choose the precise framing for each scene”, with this premise the Italian-American filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi concentrates the effort of his documentary cinematographic work, since it is from these frames that he will tell his entire story. In Notturno (Italy, France, Germany, 2020), Gianfranco Rosi chooses the people who reflect all the intensity of the moment, predicts the best moment of the day, the necessary light, the precise corner where the camera will be located. Both the image and the sound register fall into his own hands, as Rosi works as a one-man-crew.

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MAYA DA-RIN: “WE NEED TO START QUESTIONING THE EUROCENTRIC FORMS OF KNOWLEDGE WE HAVE INHERITED”

By José Sarmiento Hinojosa and Mónica Delgado

Winner of the FIPRESCI prize at Locarno 2019 with A Febre, brazilian filmmaker Maya Da-Rin has been exploring different aspects of Latin American identity towards post-colonial influence, and the intimate dynamics of fluid borders between different countries in the region. We spoke to her about her movement inside different genres and formats (installation/documentary/fiction), her ideas on post-colonialism and identity, and the reality of the Bolsonaro Regime in Brazil.

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MANUEL CORREA: “MY WORK IS ABOUT EXPANDING THE POSSIBILITY OF TRUTH”

By Tomáš Hudák

Manuel Correa’s The Shape of Now is a documentary essay about reconciliation after the sixty-year Colombian civil war. However, with philosophers and neuroscientists among the main characters, the film is not so much about the war itself; it is rather a case study of different historical narratives and their co-existence, of possibility of multiple truths, and how the past is constructed.

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BERLINALE 2020 INTERVIEW: CRISTINA NORD, FORUM DIRECTOR

By Mónica Delgado

In the middle of all her tasks in this edition of Berlinale, curator Cristina Nord, took some minutes to talk with Desistfilm about his new role directing Berlinale Forum, about the 50 years of this showcase, and on some topics of cinephile concern, parity and programming.

Cristina Nord was an editor of the cultural section of the taz. die tageszeitung newspaper in Berlin until 2015. A teacher in Freie Uniersität Berlin, and programmer in Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Duisburger Filmwoche, she was responsible for the cultural southeast Europe program in Brussels Goethe-Institut and realized different investigations about literature and cinema.

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INTERVIEW: KAZUO HARA & SACHIKO KOBAYASHI

By Nicolás Carrasco

Renowned documentary filmmakers Kazuo Hara and Sachiko Kobayashi were in Colgate University (Hamilton, New York) on June this year as part of the Flaherty Film Seminar, where they screened their first three films as part of the program curated by Shai Heredia. For more than half a century, the Flaherty Seminar has been firmly established as a one-of-a-kind event that seeks to encourage filmmakers and other artists to explore the potential of the moving image.

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BRUCE LABRUCE: “MY FILMS ARE A KIND OF CRITIQUE TO CERTAIN GAY CULTURE”

By Mónica Delgado & José Sarmiento-Hinojosa

Filmmaker Bruce LaBruce (Ontario, 1964) was in Lima as a stellar guest of the 16th edition of OutfestPerú, the Gay, Lesbian, Trans, Bi Film Festival that takes place every year. It was a fantastic opportunity to explore his most recent work and to discuss the context of underground and queer productions in times of political correctness.

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TAKASHI MAKINO: “I HAVE A BIG INTEREST FOR THE IMAGE OF DREAMS AND IMAGINATION”

By Nicole Remy and José Sarmiento-Hinojosa

By chance, the last edition of Filmadrid coincided with the presentation of the work of Japanese filmmaker Takashi Makino and the travel of our collaborator Nicole Remy, who also received an honorable mention for her first experimental short Detenerte en el Pulso. We took advantage of this cosmic coincidence and sent Nicole to meet Takashi to talk about the early influences on his cinema, his methods, the change from analog to digital and his different collaborations in image and sound.

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(S8) MOSTRA DE CINEMA PERIFÉRICO: AN INTERVIEW WITH BILL BRAND

By José Sarmiento-Hinojosa

One of the most remarkable programs at the latest (S8) Mostra de Cinema Periférico at Galicia, dealt with chosen works by experimental filmmaker Bill Brand, which has been challenging the notions of perception and montage in cinema for years. A guest in this years’ festival as well, Bill talked to us about his program at (S8), the philosophy behind his work, his techniques, the importance of the spoken word in the image and the exercise of seeing. Here’s the conversation that took place.

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