Tag Archives: Spanish

Iván Osnovikoff & Bettina Perut – Noticias AKA News [+ Extras] (2009)

Noticias is an observational film that using the fragmented format of a newscast program proposes a cinematic glance to the same reality depicted daily by the media. By means of a radical approach to journalistic and anti-journalistic facts, the film puts into play the ways in which collective truths are made. Read More »

Antonio Maenza Blasco – Orfeo filmado en el campo de batalla (1969)

This is a digitally transferred work print of an exceptionally rare film. There is some light residual ghosting here and there.

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In December 1968 I participated in the film Orpheus Shot on the Battlefield, which originated as a collective work, a movie without an author, but which would ultimately be attributed to Antonio Maenza in the end even though he only played the role of the director in the film. The film, which was never provided a soundtrack, was screened on several occasions with a soundtrack performed live consisting of a text for three voices and a number of musical pieces, among which were the “descent into hell” from the opera L’Orfeo by Monteverdi in the version by Edward H. Tarr, released in 1968 by Erato, “New York 1963 – America 1968” from Every One of Us by Eric Burdon and the Animals; and “The Return of the Son of the Monster Magnet” from Freak Out by [Frank Zappa and] The Mothers of Invention. After the “state of emergency” in January 1969, an epilogue was shot but it was never developed. Read More »

Juan Daniel F. Molero – Videofilia: y otros síndromes virales AKA Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes) (2015)

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In this ‘comedia tragedia’, multi-talent Juan Daniel F. Molero takes us on a digital trip down all the perfidious byways of ‘the interwebz’. Peruvian schoolgirl Luz looks a lot more innocent than she is. She meets Junior online, who spends most of his days gaming in Internet cafés. His ambition is earn a living making amateur porn. Junior, obsessed by Mayan predictions of the end of the world, does everything you are not supposed to do with Google Glass. It is immediately clear that his seduction of the lovely Luz will have bad consequences. But for whom? Read More »

Rubin Stein – Tin & Tina (2013)

Tin and Tina are not eating the purée tonight. Read More »

Pablo Trapero – Leonera aka Lion’s Den (2008)

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We will never know if the young university student that one day wakes up surrounded by two men covered in blood, one dead, the other wounded, is the perpetrator. Julia is pregnant with the child of one of them. The maternity ward of a women’s prison is the location in which most of the 113 minutes of Leonera’s plot takes place. Shot in Buenos Aires’ prisons, with the participation of true inmates and guards, the film “maintains some of the codes of prison films, although developed in the context of the relationship between Julia, the mother and her son”, explained Trapero in an interview with BBC Mundo. Read More »

Emilio Fernández – Flor silvestre AKA Wild Flower (1943)

Hal Erickson@allmovie.com:
Completed before his immensely successful Maria Candelaria, Emilio Fernandez’ Flor Sylvestre was released second in the US-and not until two years after its initial Mexican release. Also known as Wildflower, the film features Fernandez himself as a character named Rogellio Torres. The lion’s share of the footage, however, is devoted to the romance between Esperanza (Dolores Del Rio), granddaughter of a common laborer, and Jose Luis Castro (Pedro Armendariz), the firebrand son of a landowner. Joining a revolutionary movements, Castro is disowned by his father, but Esperanza remains loyally by his side. Later on, Castro’s father is killed by outlaws; in seeking vengeance, he sacrifices his own life, while Esperanza carries on his revolutionary work with their young son in tow. Read More »

Edgardo Cozarinsky – Guerriers et captives AKA Guerreros y cautivas (1990)

In 1880, a colonel and his French wife live in a fort in the Patagonian desert. The colonel takes an Amerindian as captive, with the intent to civilize her. A “southern” movie (in opposition to “western”, as it was shot in the deep Argentinean south

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Dos caras de una misma moneda. Uno viene de lo salvaje hacia la civilización; la otra, desde la civilización hacia la barbarie. Se realiza un cambio de identidad. El guerrero queda impresionado con la civilización romana, y siente que pertenece a aquella. La abuela de Borges quiere rescatar a la india, pero ella la rechaza. Se espanta, no puede creerlo; pero cuando su marido muere, ella se siente identificada. Cuando la india toma la sangre caliente del caballo que acababa de degollar, es cuando termina de demostrar que nunca dejará de ser india, más allá de su lugar de nacimiento. Read More »