My Mexican Bretzel opens with black-and-white clips of pilots during World War II in Switzerland, subtitled with excerpts from – so we are told – the diary of Vivian Barrett. She talks about herself and her husband Léon, who partly lost his hearing in an accident with his plane and could no longer fly. The couple's glamourous life then unfolds in diary excerpts and footage shot by Léon, about whom we also learn that he developed a successful anti-depressant, and had an obsession with many different forms of transportation.

The painstakingly edited home movies accompany Vivian's thoughts and observations, and more abstract visual material represents her fears, secret desires and tormenting dreams. She frequently quotes the Indian guru Kharjappalli, who keeps her going in times of uncertainty and emotional turbulence. Sound is used cleverly and with restraint, reinforcing the images or underscoring the emotions. We realise that the viewer is being manipulated, but to what extent only becomes clear at the end.

Winner IFFR 2020 Found Footage Award.

Screenings

  • Sun 26 Jan Cinerama 4
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  • Sun 26 Jan Pathé 3
    With Q&A
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  • Mon 27 Jan LantarenVenster 2
    Prelude: Hard, Cracked the Wind + With Q&A
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  • Tue 28 Jan KINO 4
    Prelude: Hard, Cracked the Wind + With Q&A
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Filmmaker
Nuria Giménez
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Spain
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
72’
Language
English
Producer
Nuria Giménez
Production Company
Bretzel & Tequila
Sales
Bretzel & Tequila
Writer
Nuria Giménez
Cinematography
Frank A. Lorang
Editor
Cristóbal Fernández, Nuria Giménez
Sound Design
Jonathan Darch
Cast
Ilse G. Ringier, Frank A. Lorang