Fausto

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Fausto

Faust

Andrea Bussman
Mexiko/Kanada, 2018
Features, 70min, OmeU

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Fausto

Andrea Bussman
Mexiko/Kanada, 2018
Features, 70min, OmeU

Cast: 
Gabino Rodriguez
Fernando Renjifo
Victor Pueyo
Alberto Nuñez
Ziad Chakaroun
Screenplay: 
Andrea Bussmann
Sound: 
Andrea Bussmann
Camera: 
Andrea Bussmann
Editor: 
Andrea Bussmann
Composer: 
Gustav Mahler

Production: 
Andrea Bussmann
Nicolas Pereda
World Sales: 
Andrea Bussmann
Format: 
DCP
Color

When Christopher Columbus arrived in America, he was able to predict the advent of a lunar eclipse and used that knowledge to convince the native people that God had granted him the power to make the moon disappear. Through the construction of this fictitious myth, he achieved the surrender and colonization of the inhabitants of present-day Jamaica. This historical anecdote, narrated by an omniscient voice-over in FAUSTO, reflects on the idea of fiction as a colonizing method, a premise under which Andrea Bussmann reinterprets the myth and the homonymous literary piece, which gives its name to her first solo feature-length film. This reinterpreted Faustian universe, translated to the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico, under Bussmann’s camera – a kind of character in its own right that reminds us of Fausto on an endless search for knowledge – ends up building a timeless limbo where different languages and nationalities, literature and myths, history and fantasy, reality and fiction, the tangible and the intangible, the pre- and the postcolonial, the digital and the analog, are confronted in an ethnographic hybrid piece about a world of shadows: an essay about the multiple mysterious layers of reality. (Pedro Segura Bernal)

With ANIMISTICA

Andrea Bussmann: AQUEL CUYO ROSTRO NO IRRADIE LUZ (2011), TALES OF TWO WHO DREAMT (2016, Ko-Regie)