, 17min, OmeU
Just a few shots; all of them fixed, many of them high-angled, all of them thought so shadows and light could offer just the right mood – both in physical and symbolic terms – to capture the deadly repetition of everyday life. The characters are anchored to their homes, their conversations don’t convey much; until there is an intervention from the exterior – some music to express the love felt by the one looking at these characters. Photogenic qualities and dignity.
In the presence of Pablo Ratto (producer).
With LAS PIBAS.
Born in 1952 in Ituzaingó, Argentina. The “father” of independent Argentinean cinema makes most of his films in (and on the subject of) this small city fifteen kilometers away from Buenos Aires. In almost 28 years, he directs over 40 films without any external financial support. His first “Barrio” films, closer to a naturalistic style and based on words, have little to do with the experimental, formal sophistication of his latter works in which words remain beyond the frame and (facial) expressions reach a hyperbolic dimension. These are tales about neighbors and friends, about love, ominous tales set in an imaginary jungle, or in a castle. The multiplicity of themes is just as evident as the aesthetic drive of a filmmaker who reinvents, film after film, cinema’s language. He lives in Ituzaingó. (Roger Koza)