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BETTE GORDON: THE ARTIST THAT PAINTS IMAGES WITH LIGHT

By Víctor Paz Morandeira

American filmmaker Bette Gordon was in the spotlight in 2020 due to the recent restoration of her cult film Variety (1983), which found an obstacle in its way to theaters in the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately Play-Doc International Film Festival (Tui, Spain) gave us the opportunity this year to discover this gem on the big screen. The story depicts the life of a young woman who works in a porn theater in Manhattan selling tickets. Not only does the film subvert the traditional idea of female representation, but it also shows hidden unconventional human landscapes of New York by having the protagonist follow a mysterious client around the city. Gordon inverts the Madeleine-like stereotype of the beauty that exists only for the pleasure of the male gaze in a very playful way, delivering a feminist film – profoundly influenced by Laura Mulvey’s essays put into practice – that does not feel militant at all.

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Cine latinoamericano

SEPA, NUESTRO SEÑOR DE LOS MILAGROS DE WALTER SAXER: UN FILM SOBRE UNA CÁRCEL DE PERÚ

Por Mónica Delgado

Hace poco se realizó la 17° edición de Play-Doc, festival internacional de cine en Tui, que se realiza anualmente en España, y que esta vez incluyó una presentación especial: la proyección de la versión restaurada de SEPA, Nuestro Señor de los Milagros, film del suizo Walter Saxer, conocido productor de Werner Herzog y que hizo posible odiseas como la de Fitzcarraldo o Cobra verde. Realizado en Perú en 1987, este documental es una mirada al interior de una de las cárceles más penosamente célebres del país, conocida como El Sepa, creada en 1951 por un gobierno militar y cerrada en 1993.

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