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CINEMATIC LETTERS TO WUHAN AND BEIRUT: INTER-IMAGES OF A MNEMONIC RIVER AND AFTER-IMAGES FROM A MEMORY BOX

By Dina Pokrajac

Letters have been sent and received since antiquity. But what is the relation of the epistolary practice to cinema? Is every film an open letter inventing its addressee or is it a missive intended for a very specific reader? If the epistle is a form of documenting the past, can it truly capture the exquisite intricacy of its repressed insinuations and remerging indications, or is it merely “rescuing” the banal and otherwise soon to be forgotten fragments of our quotidian?

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Eng

MYTHS IN MOTION: AN INTERVIEW WITH JULIEN FARAUT

By Alonso Aguilar

Intercutting between sharp body movements and intense dramatic sights, French filmmaker Julien Faraut has retooled the sports documentary format to fit his own pursuits. For him, the subjects of his films aren’t just about their unmatched prowess and unthinkable triumphs, but more so a reflection of their own iconography. We see them through the lens of cinematic time. Their actions are repurposed, reframed and recontextualized, while their narratives leave behind the restrictive realms of representation in favor of the limitless possibilities of true expression.

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Eng

BERLIN CRITIC’S WEEK: A LOOK AT ITS DOUBLE PROGRAMS

By Monica Delgado

A new (online) edition of Berlin Critic’s Week (Woche der Kritik) took place from March 7 to 27. Woche der Kritik is organized annually by the German Film Critics Association (Verband der deutschen Filmkritik), within the framework of the Berlinale, in order to contribute to the debate on cinema.

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Artículos

THE HUMAN BEING IN HIS DARKEST CONDITION – ABOUT IMAI TADASHI

by Claudia Siefen-Leitich

In his films, people are at the center of events – as one reluctantly and often reads about directors. Except that in his case it is true. Imai Tadashi (1912-1991), the people-watcher. From a naïve enthusiasm for suffering, whether this arose from poverty or illness, he developed an intense preoccupation with this unchanging point of view.

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Eng

VIDEO ESSAY: PICTURING THE COLLECTIVE

By Libertad Gills

As I edited this video, I explored and found other characteristics to this image of collectivity, including its similarity to forms of play, as a kind of pact or contract between the participating individuals. In this sense, while in Mendonça Filho’s films the collective is often an ideal, and differences in class, gender and age are subdued, Uchôa renders visible the effort that goes into being part of a collective.

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Book & DVD reviews

SECESSION FROM THE BROADCAST – GENE YOUNGBLOOD

Although the conference “Secession From the Broadcast” given by Gene Youngblood in Buenos Aires dates from 2012, its relevance and validity is currently urgent : “Secession means changing our minds profoundly to become the kind of people who will be able to meet the challenge of creating on the same scale that we can destroy.

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Eng

SKULLS MADE TO CRACK: THE POLITICS OF NORTHERN IRISH CINEMA

By Paddy Mulholland

In the spirit of the later turning point of 1998, in that near-comically optimistic decade for the West, the narrative shifted momentously and purposefully. All efforts were put toward ending the conflict – bygones had to be bygones now, forgiveness had to be no longer sought but unconditionally proffered, the buzzword became “reconciliation.”

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Eng

AUDIOVISUAL ESSAY: GROWING UP? IN THE “CINES CON NIÑO”

By Erin Hogan

This audiovisual essay explores orientations–spatial, political, and sexual–in child-starred films from Spain. Recent coming-of-age cinema offers a counter narrative to its predecessor, the cine con niño child musical films (1950s-60s) from Francisco Franco’s military dictatorship (1939-75).

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Eng

CITIZEN KAEL, A VIDEO ESSAY

By Monica Delgado

In her famous 1971 article Raising Kane, film critic Pauline Kael rants against the authorship of Orson Welles in Citizen Kane. Today we know that Kael’s arguments were not solid.However, she revealed an absolute passion to dismantle films and defend her positions.

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desistfilm

FREEDOM OF BODY AND SOUL: TWO FILMS BY CECILIA BENGOLEA AND CHRISTELLE LHEUREUX

By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

Two 2020 films I saw which were decidedly different from one another but shared a common element that made them exceptionally good and drove me to write a piece about them (in this series of impossible dialogues between films I am planning to do) were the dance/coreography documentary Shelly Belly Inna Real Life by Argentinian filmmaker, dancer and choreographer Cecilia Bengolea and 80,000 ans, a dreamlike split screen film by Christelle Lheureux.

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Directors: 
Mónica Delgado Ch.
José Sarmiento Hinojosa 

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