Lisandro Alonso at IFFR
Pure, minimalist film in documentary style by the talented Alonso. A day in the life of a simple Argentine woodcutter on the pampas.
Minimalist masterpiece about a grey-haired ex-con who returns through the jungle to his family. He buys gifts, visits a whore and slaughters a goat, surrounded by the wilderness and his own dark past.
Narcissism without the director appearing on screen. The camera circles meticulously in lengthy shots filled with emptiness and decay around a screening of the previous film by the maker. Empty? Maybe. Brilliant? Certainly.
Dos en la vereda
Début by Lisandro Alonso (Los muertos, Liverpool) is about the length of one take from his features.
Alsonso's latest triumph is again about a man with a mission and his relationship with the landscape. The Argentine sailor Farrrel returns to bitterly cold Ushuaia, the most southerly town in the world, to look for the family he deserted twenty years before.
An encounter with an owl. Made as trailer for the 2009 Bafici Film Festival in Buenos Aires. Its maker, Lisandro Alsonso, also made a leader/trailer for the Hubert Bals Fund.
Endearing second film from Uruguayan Tiger Award winner Nieto. During a strike at the university, Ariel (uniquely played by Felipe Dieste) hears that his father has died. He is forced to return to the provinces to put financial affairs at his father's ranch in order. Nominated for The Big Screen Award.
The vision of Lisandro Alonso, the blinding photography of Kaurismäki's regular cameraman and the use of actor/musician Viggo Mortensen combined to ensure a magic result. A Danish military engineer sets off in 19th-century Patagonia looking for his missing daughter. A mysterious masterpiece. Nominated for The Big Screen Award