WE REVIEW THE SPECIAL ACTIVITIES OF THE DAY AND PRESENT AN OVERVIEW OF THE PROGRAM FOR MONDAY THE 7TH
With the participation of Paula Sosa Holt (cartoonist and tattoo artist), Gerard Casau (critic and programmer, jury of the Argentine Competition) and the director of the Festival, Pablo Conde, the Festival held a presentation at the Club Español of another one of its special publications: Cuerpos invadidos. Videodrome de David Cronenberg: Larga vida a la nueva carne (Bodies invaded. David Cronenberg's Videodrome: Long Live the New Flesh), which focuses on a film that is iconic in the career of David Cronenberg and in the past and present of genre cinema: Videodrome, from 1983.
Conde opened the conversation by explaining the structure of the book: “The first part is dedicated to the analysis of a film that has many readings; then a second part includes two interviews with Cronenberg; and in a third a group of people writing about their personal experiences with Videodrome.”
For his part, Sosa Holt referred to the cartoon inspired by the film he made for the book: "I updated the formats, because the protagonist is caught not only by television, but also by other screens such as the cell phone, that demands you to look at it all the time.” And she added: "In the field of comics, and specifically in the case of manga, Junji Ito is the one who best takes up this type of universe." And she remembered, too, the strange sensation it caused in her body the first time he saw the movie.
As the body is a central theme in Videodrome, Casau spoke about body horror: “They are things that we really like to see but that we would not like to happen to us in life. In the case of Videodrome, it could be said that it is a state of mind.” Conde added: “Body horror goes through the history of the genre and the narrative, but after this film a lot of artists began to follow that path that was opened there: it puts a virus in popular culture of thinking of the body as something strange that can become nightmarish.”
In conclusion, Casau pointed out the political reading of the film: “It shows what happens when the perverse falls into the hands of power and is used to eliminate the messages of real subversion. It is one of those films that in the video store was classified between terror and porn, and that one rented with some trepidation, but it is unclassifiable.”
Screenings, Wednesday the 9th
On the sixth day of the festival, we present a new film in the International Competition: There There, the latest from the US filmmaker Andrew Bujalski, is an episodic film made during the pandemic that has the peculiarity that its characters never share the frame. Starting from this curious premise, Bujalski manages to give the shot/reverse shot a new dimension, successfully exploring what is born in the tension between intimacy and distance, between the difficulty of meeting and the attempt to overcome the void.
In the Latin American Competition, ERRANTE. La conquista del hogar records the journey made by Argentine photographer Adriana Lestido through the Arctic Circle and the Svalbard Islands – a cold and inhospitable region shared by Norway and Iceland – between January 2019 and May 2020. It is a documentary of exploration in which Lestido carries out the double process of investigating the vast arctic landscape and, simultaneously, her solitary personal experience.
Barrio modelo, by Mara Pescio, is the latest presentation on this Wednesday representing the Argentine Competition. The origin of Pescio's film is the story of Silvia Villazur who, fascinated by the buildings consructed by the El Hogar Obrero cooperative in Buenos Aires, decides to move into one of its apartments and write a novel portraying the lives of its more than 200 owners. Barrio modelo takes up Villazur's project combining archive material with interviews with the current inhabitants of the buildings. In this process, she manages to shape a blog in which the familiar and the political merge into a hypnotic portrait of that time.
As part of the Tribute to Jean-Luc Godard, the Festival is screening Godard seul le cinéma, a documentary by Cyril Leuthy that reviews different significant moments in the Franco-Swiss filmmaker's career, from his childhood and his years as a critic for the legendary magazine Cahiers du Cinéma to his seclusion in Rolle, Switzerland, during the 21st century, including the impact of his debut film, Breathless, his intense romance with the actress Anna Karina and the different explorations in his career as a director.
One of the particularly strong films of the Auteurs section is La reina desnuda, the newest film by Argentinean José Celestino Campusano. Filmed in Gálvez, province of Santa Fe, after a long journey in which the filmmaker collected experiences of village life, the film is focuses on Victoria, a young woman who, after losing a pregnancy and separating from her partner, tries to change her hectic lifestyle.
In How long is a century? Silent cinema with live music we will be able to see one of the great classics of German silent cinema: Nosferatu, by F. W. Murnau, set to music by María Ezquiaga. An absolute masterpiece of horror cinema, Nosferatu is a successful conjunction between Murnau's visual talent, an ambitious proposal from producer Albin Grau and Max Schreck's fascinating bodywork as Count Orlok. Viewing it in a movie theater marks a before and after in the cinephile journey of every viewer.
This Wednesday also offers one of the highlights of the Patricia Mazuy Retrospective. It will be possible to see two early short films by the French filmmaker (La Scarpa and Colin-maillard), a documentary medium-length film commissioned by the Ministry of Agriculture of her country (Des taureaux et des vaches) as well as two feature films: Sport de Filles (2012), a critical reading of class struggle, capitalism, power and relations between men and women set in the world of horseback riding; and Bowling Saturne (2022), her most recent work, a dark detective story that portrays the relationship between two brothers who must take charge of the bowling alley owned by their father, who recently died.
Finally, in the Open Veins section, three films by some of the great directors of Argentine horror will be presented. El último hereje, by Daniel de la Vega, is about a cynical best-selling fiction writer famous for his atheism who unwittingly gets caught up in a whirlwind of religious madness. In Legiones, Fabián Forte manages to create a rarefied atmosphere of permanent threat based on the story by Antonio Poyju, a shaman and sorcerer who finds out that his daughter is being threatened by a demon who wants to sacrifice her to unleash evil upon the world. Finally, Plaga zombie, the debut feature by Pablo Parés and Hernán Sáez self-produced through Farsa Producciones, a micro-budget local horror classic about a zombie invasion unleashed by aliens who have the goal of invading Earth.
As part of the celebration of the centenary of the birth of the experimental filmmaker, at 15:30 in the Club Español, we present a conversation entitled Jonas Mekas: Poética de las amistades (Jonas Mekas: Poetics of Friendships), and the new book Destellos de belleza (Glimpses of Beauty), Editorial Caja Negra, a book that compiles anecdotes and scenes from Mekas’ life, cut across by his emotional ties and his curious archival desire. In addition, we will share readings of fragments in the voice of different artists. With Malena Rey (Caja Negra Editora), Lucas Granero (La vida útil magazine) and special guests.
At 16:30 in the Sala Nachman, the Festival presents Paisajes opacos. Sobre las nubes en el cine (Opaque Landscapes: above the clouds in the cinema), the first book from Taipei Books, bringing together ten essays by various authors on the presence of cloudy skies in films from different genres and periods, from John Ford to Béla Tarr, from horror films to Cinema Novo. With Álvaro Bretal and Milagros Porta. Moderator Nuria Silva.
From her debut feature Peaux de vaches (1989) to the recent Bowling Saturne (2022), Patricia Mazuy has put together an unpredictable body of work that embraces self-fiction and appropriates period drama, western and thriller. An opportunity to learn about the work of an exceptional director, who put her indelible signature on French cinema. Moderator Paola Buontempo. At 17:30 in the Club Español.
Check out the rest of the activities in the Program Guide.
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