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From November 22 to 30, the 26th edition of FIDOCS, the International Documentary Festival of Santiago, will be held, with exhibitions at the Cineteca Nacional de Chile (CCPLM), Centro Arte Alameda at CEINA, and the Center for Cinema and Creation (CCC ), in addition to two special screenings at the Ñuñoa Cultural Corporation Cinema Hall and an open-air screening at Paseo Bulnes, organized with the support of the Municipality of Santiago.
Following the premise of bringing the best documentaries of the year to Santiago, the work in charge of kicking off the festival is the applauded Les Années Super 8, an exercise in documentary memory, co-produced and narrated by the recent winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Annie Ernaux. For its part, 8 feature films by established and emerging filmmakers, from countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Paraguay, France, Russia, Sweden, United States, Portugal and Spain, frame this 26th edition, which a few days ago advanced its national competition composed of 6 titles.
This October 26 is the time to find out about the FIDOCS 2022 schedule, the same day that tickets and general season ticket sales will be available for the meeting that will return between November 22 and 30, with performances at three main venues and a series of parallel activities in the city. One of these sessions is the long-awaited inaugural exhibition of Les Années Super 8a documentary by the recent winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, annie ernauxco-directed with his son David Ernaux-Briot.
In the documentary, made from family film material, narrated by the writer, directed by herself and her son, we go through the biography of the artist through images recorded between 1972 and 1981. The record made with the classic Super 8 camera , becomes a fundamental exercise of the past decades where we can even see his passage through the socialist Chile of 1972.
A moving self-portrait, or a kind of personal picture book, which is at the same time an act of collective memory to understand Annie Ernaux’s journey as a woman, feminist intellectual and writer.
Les Annes Super 8a film that arises from the intersection between cinema and literature, will kick off this 26th edition of FIDOCS, which presents a particularly interesting international competition in terms of disciplinary intersections. “This is a selection of 8 feature films: two premieres in Santiago, four national premieres, a Latin American premiere and an international one, which reflect on the multiple expressive possibilities of the documentary record and the way in which the cinema of the real can reflect sharply but also with freshness, humor and radicalism on complex issues such as suicide; youth; indigenous genocide, death and fatherhood, borrowing modes of observation from other disciplines. In other words, a diverse International Competition, whose curatorship tries to shed light on how we relate as human beings and with other species» recounts the director of the festival, Antonia Girardi.
Eight titles make up this competition that includes worldwide acclaimed works, which after going through the most important festivals on the international circuit, arrive for the first time in Santiago. The selection has an international premiere, a Latin American one, four national premieres and two premieres in Santiago.
WATERElena Lopez Riera, Spain, Switzerland, France66 minutes, documentarysuch, spanish
“In El agua, Elena López Riera’s feature debut, not only is a storm brewing that threatens to flood a small town in southeastern Spain. Also flowing through the veins of the protagonist is the impetus for independence and the contradictory moods of adolescence. As she searches for herself, the romantic tension slowly shifts to the river, who draws her in like a phantom presence. A fiction constructed based on the exhaustive description of a space, where the real bursts forth with the force of the river. A torrent of supernatural oral stories where archive images of a flood inscribed in the collective memory also emerge.
Antonia Girardi, selection committee.
THE HUMANI CORPORIS FACTORY, 2022, France, United States, Switzerland, 118 minutes, documentary
“As films by Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing Taylor usually are, De Humani Corporis Fabrica is a vertiginous sensory journey that invites us to lose our usual spatial coordinates to travel through unknown and disturbing places, without knowing for sure where our gaze will stop. . If in Caniba (winner of the International Fidocs 2017 competition) what arose was terror before a camera glued to the face and especially the mouth of the Japanese cannibal Issei Sagawa, in De Humani Corporis Fabrica the interior of the human body ceases to be a taboo to transform into a labyrinthine and fascinating landscape, a factory that never stops manufacturing new images”. Antonia Girardi, Selection Committee.
ATLAS, Guadalupe Gaona, Ignacio Masllorens, 2021, Argentina, 86 minutes, documentary, Spanish
“With a collector’s spirit, Atlas collects the remains of the figure of the German neurobiologist Christofredo Jakob: old jars, stuffed animals, lost research, a daughter and a granddaughter who contradict each other. From a country that seems to be peeling, Atlas reflects on the cruel and positivist medical practices of the 20th century, the changing relationship between humans and animals, and the presence of a ghost that seems to continue to haunt the buildings of Buenos Aires.” Francina Carbonel, Selection Committee.
E NIGHT IN AMERICAAna Vaz, Italy, Brazil, France, 66 minutes, documentary
“É Noite na América was recorded in the Brasilia Zoo, home to hundreds of species that are rescued from a rationally designed city-highway. Shots of owls, anteaters, foxes, tapirs, and indistinguishable creatures intertwine with veterinarians, keepers, and the environmental police. Human and non-human animals forge a network of relationships and perspectives that are shadowed in what seems like a night city, even though the film was shot in broad daylight. This is what makes (and what is known as) “the American night”. Cristobal Escobar, selection committee.
HOW TO SAVE A DEAD FRIEND, 2022,Sweden,Norway,France,
In Russia or the “Federation of Depression” 16-year-old Marusya meets Kimi. They spend their entire youth together, experiencing euphoria and anxiety, maximum happiness and the desire to disappear. They record everything, without any purpose and for that reason perhaps with a unique honesty. Ten years later, when almost all of her friends have already died, Marusya returns to take the camera from her in an attempt to get Kimi back. This film is a cry from a violent generation, but above all it is a tender and brutal love letter.
Francina Carbonell, Selection Committee.
MALINTZIN 172022, Mexico, 54 minutes, documentary, Spanish
“Despite having been shot long before the pandemic, Malintzin 17 seems to be, in this sense, a film caused by confinement. The film proposes an immersive and minimalist portrait of fatherhood, childhood, confinement, the temporality of birds and the soundscapes of Mexico City”.
Cristobal Escobar, selection committee
O TRIO EM FLAT, Portugal, Spain, 127 minutes, fiction, Spanish, French
“Rita Azevedo Gomes offers us a more than suggestive itinerary through themes that are also present in Rohmer’s cinema: the importance of the word, chance, the vision of sentimental relationships as a game where feelings are observed in a modest way and Elegant. O Trio Em Mi Flat is a work constructed with precision and simplicity, although light only on the surface”. Cristobal Escobar, Selection Committee
EAMI, 2022, Paraguay, Argentina, Mexico, Germany, France, Netherlands, United States, 82 minutes, documentary, Ayoreo, Guarani
“EAMI is narrated through the point of view of a five-year-old girl, also named Eami, who has an omniscient sense of the problems and customs of her people throughout time. In the Totobiegosode tradition, she represents Asoja, the bird-god-woman deity whose song “helped create nature.” In addition to being an orphan, whose parents were killed when the white settlers arrived, Eami has a transcendent meaning: her goal is to reunite with Aocojái, a male companion, and help free her people from evil, embodied by colonial forces using their land for livestock
Cristobal Escobar, Selection Committee
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