Liverpool

  • 84'
  • Argentina
  • 2008
Liverpool starts on board a large ship on its way to the Argentine Ushuaia, the most southern city in the world. One of the sailors is Farrel, who tells the captain that he wants to take some leave there in order to visit his mother, whom he hasn't seen for 20 years. He disembarks and, like earlier heroes in Alonso’s films, sets off on his journey. On foot or in the back of a truck, he treks deep into the freezing mountains of Tierra del Fuego. The alcoholic Farrel keeps himself warm with booze - lots of booze - and falls asleep occasionally in strange places. Once he arrives in the hamlet at the end of the world, he finds his mother needy and dying, and he turns out to have a daughter too.
Liverpool has a rather more complex narrative structure than Alonso’s earlier films. The film doesn't end when Farrel reaches his destination. Nor does it end when the protagonist leaves again. And the sketch of the microcosm of the remote village is very hectic in Alonso’s terms.
It is apt that in the case of the apparently minimal narratives of directors like Lisandro Alonso, an endless amount can be written, said and, even better, thought, about issues that are not answered or shown - or not explicitly at least. Where is the daughter's mother? What does the title mean? Where does Farrel end up? What will the next film by Alonso be? (GT)


Director
Lisandro Alonso
Countries of production
Argentina, France, Netherlands, Spain, Germany
Production Year
2008
Festival Edition
IFFR 2009
Length
84'
Medium
35mm
Language
Spanish
Producers
Lisandro Alonso, Ilse Hughan, Marianne Slot, Lluís Miñarro, Christoph Hahnheiser
Production Companies
4L, Fortuna Films, Slot Machine, Eddie Saeta, Black Forest Films GmbH
Sales
The Match Factory GmbH
Screenplay
Salvador Roselli, Lisandro Alonso
Cinematography
Lucio Bonelli
Editor
Fernando Epstein, Lisandro Alonso, Martin Mainoli, Sergi Dies
Production Design
Gonzalo Delgado
Sound Design
Catriel Vildosola
Music
Flormaleva
Cast
Juan Fernandez, Giselle Irrazabal
Local Distributor
EYE Film Institute Netherlands
Website
http://the-match-factory.com/films/items/liverpool.html