Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires

6 Desires: D. H. Lawrence and Sardinia

In 1921, D. H. Lawrence and his wife Frieda von Richthofen journeyed to Sardinia, where they spent the winter travelling. He wrote a book about his experiences, Sea and Sardinia, and now Mark Cousins retraces his footsteps, armed with a camcorder and an inexhaustible reserve of curiosity. The film is conceived partly as a letter to Lawrence –...

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Tuesday 21 - 19 h
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Friday 24 - 13:50 h
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Saturday 25 - 11:40 h
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Section: Panorama
Director: Mark Cousins

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A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

There actually is a pigeon here, in the beginning: a stuffed one, therewith past wondering; some zombie-like-looking human gawks at it in seemingly dull incomprehension. The film’s anti-heroes, a pair of salesmen specialized in fun novelties like vampire teeth (with extra-long fangs!) are met by similar gazes wherever they go... The title of...

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Wendsday 22 - 19:35 h
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Thursday 23 - 22:15 h
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Saturday 25 - 21:20 h
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Section: Panorama
Director: Roy Andersson

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Altman

Given the who’s-who of collaborators and acolytes of the late Robert Altman assembled for this feature-length tribute, it would have been all too easy for Ron Mann to let the film turn into a loose, digressive –indeed, Altmanesque– jamboree of war stories and portable wisdom. But Altman charts a different course, drawing on a weal...

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Friday 17 - 17:45 h
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Wendsday 22 - 14:35 h
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Friday 24 - 21:00 h
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Section: Panorama
Director: Ron Mann

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Angels of Revolution

Like in Aleksei German Jr.’s Under Electric Clouds –screened in the last edition of the Berlin Film Festival and also programmed in this Bafici–, Angels of Revolution deals with Russian history –or in this case Soviet, to be more precise. If German believes any Russian period we observe will offer a post-apocalyptic landscap...

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Saturday 18 - 13:30 h
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Wendsday 22 - 22:20 h
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Friday 24 - 17:00 h
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Section: Panorama
Director: Aleksei Fedorchenko

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Apnea

The bathroom of a house is the place where Martelli sets her characters: 6 year-old Claire and her Ecuadorian nanny María. With a very precise acting direction and almost no need for dialogue, the action is centered on the bathroom ritual, while the protagonists wait for the arrival of Claire’s mother. The director focuses on a series...

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Thursday 16 - 18:10 h
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Saturday 18 - 16 h
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Monday 20 - 16:30 h
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Sections: Panorama Selección oficial - Fuera de competencia
Director: Manuela Martelli

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Archie’s Betty

A comic strip as harmless as Archie is easy to mock, even if its middle tone humor, between the absurd and the commonplace, was, to many, a bridge between the puerile and the adult. It’s harder to understand why it was such a huge hit in the US. Gerald Peary is a film critic, a documentarian, and was –and still is– a fan of the re...

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Thursday 16 - 17:45 h
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Sunday 19 - 12 h
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Section: Panorama
Director: Gerald Peary

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Behind Jim Jarmusch

Léa Rinaldi knows how to observe, which is not the same as watching (that’s an action that deserves the category of subgroup) nor registering or filming (a subgroup within the subgroup). She proves this in Esto es lo que hay –which this year competes for the Human Rights Award in Bafici– addressing a complex issue and obser...

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Monday 20 - 19:50 h
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Tuesday 21 - 14:30 h
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Thursday 23 - 22:20 h
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Section: Panorama
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Beltracchi - The Art of Forgery

A highly enjoyable look at a career spent duping the art world, Beltracchi introduces an artist who made millions selling fake paintings that allegedly made their way into museums, definitive art books, and collections including that of Steve Martin. The longhaired sexagenarian says he didn’t intend to be a fraudster. Drawn to painting from c...

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Thursday 16 - 22:20 h
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Saturday 18 - 15 h
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Wendsday 22 - 17:30 h
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Section: Panorama
Director: Arne Birkenstock

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Blanket Statement #1: Home Is Where the Heart Is

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Tuesday 21 - 19:10 h
Teatro San Martín Room: L. Lugones
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Saturday 25 - 14:30 h
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Section: Panorama
Director: Jodie Mack

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Blanket Statement #2: It’s All or Nothing

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Tuesday 21 - 19:10 h
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Saturday 25 - 14:30 h
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Section: Panorama
Director: Jodie Mack

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Buscando a Gastón

Clearly, for Peruvian people cooking is no longer a merely pleasant, playful act. Cooking is perhaps the new national seal.” That’s the introduction of chef Gastón Acurio, a significant militant of culinary arts, a pallet hero in our neighbor country. Amidst ceviches, huancaína potatoes, and anticuchos, Gastón revea...

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Friday 17 - 18:30 h
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Thursday 23 - 16:30 h
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Saturday 25 - 14:00 h
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Section: Panorama
Director: Patricia Pérez

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Cábala caníbal

Villamediana revises a landscape we all have been through once: memory –only here it is conceived as a mystery, a skein of images, a labyrinth. A strange kind of bull lives in the labyrinth: it’s the Minotaur. Armed with all the haste and despair in the world, the director reinvents a form of memory in which all images seem destined to...

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Friday 17 - 22:45 h
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Tuesday 21 - 19:15 h
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Section: Panorama
Director: Daniel V. Villamediana

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Cáncer de máquina

Machine Cancer is a film as intriguing as its title leads us to assume. The directors are bold enough to go from a human-scale shaped and designed portrait –which stonily observes the people from Médanos, a town in the south of the Buenos Aires province– to the enigmatic detail shots of frogs catching insects in the dark. The fir...

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Thursday 16 - 22:10 h
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Saturday 18 - 23 h
Village Recoleta Room: 4
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Thursday 23 - 22:00 h
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Section: Panorama
Directors: Alejandro Cohen Arazi José Binetti

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Canción perdida en la nieve

Originally German and made during the First and Second World Wars, Bergfilms –or mountain films– have an Argentine exponent: Gustav Lantschner’s Canción de la nieve (1954). As a consequence of the war, the German community in Bariloche welcomed their fellow countrymen in the late 1940s. Lantschner was one of them, and his c...

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Monday 20 - 15:45 h
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Friday 24 - 21:45 h
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Section: Panorama
Director: Francisco D’Eufemia

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Caricaturistes - Fantassins de la démocratie

This is a documentary about cartoon artists spoken in the first person by the artists themselves. The list is impressive: from Le Monde’s cartoonist Plantu to Damien Glez from Burkina Faso, the film features professionals of cartoon art in their different work environments, mostly dangerous areas. In the beginning, we hear Plantu’s voic...

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Thursday 16 - 13:00 h
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Saturday 18 - 20:30 h
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Monday 20 - 16:30 h
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Sections: Panorama Competencia DDHH
Director: Stéphanie Valloatto

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Cavalo Dinheiro

In a documentary about his work, Pedro Costa explained how simple is to make films: you get up, go to the corresponding location, shoot until it’s late, edit the footage, and go back to prepare everything for the next day. With this candid statement, the Portuguese auteur clarified the ethics that would later drive him to make, among others,...

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Tuesday 21 - 17 h
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Friday 24 - 20:00 h
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Section: Panorama
Director: Pedro Costa

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Cine de pueblo, una historia itinerante

The reopening of a movie theater in Villa Cañás is the perfect situation for a unique character to return to the streets where he grew up. Jose Martínez Suarez comes to present and explain the wonders of the big screen to a big group of kids who wait anxiously, applaud, and submerge into a captivating novelty. However, this sto...

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Friday 17 - 16:20 h
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Monday 20 - 19:20 h
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Tuesday 21 - 13:10 h
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Section: Panorama
Director: Sebastián Hermida

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Cinema: A Public Affair

This is a story of resistance, cinephilia –lucid, combative, and not at all mournful– and civism. Naum Kleiman is a historian, curator of the Eisenstein Archive, and director of the Moscow Museum, which was closed in 2005. Kleiman is a charming man with an elegant and paused loquacity, who states his case before authoritarianism with br...

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Friday 17 - 19:30 h
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Sunday 19 - 18:45 h
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Sections: Panorama Competencia DDHH
Director: Tatiana Brandrup

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Citizenfour

It’s difficult to critically engage with Citizenfour, as Poitras’ landmark documentary about Edward Snowden isn’t a film so much as a big fucking deal. A primary account of how the world learned that the NSA has been spying on United States citizens, and also a meta-text that implicitly validates the information it uncovers, Citiz...

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Thursday 16 - 22:30 h
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Tuesday 21 - 20:30 h
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Section: Panorama
Director: Laura Poitras

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Cómo ganar enemigos

Mid-size films without any grand pretensions are very welcomed. What pretensions are those? To find an audience! Without giving up its original idea, no low punches or miscalculations, and without resigning its identity, How to Win Enemies features characteristics local cinema are not really used to: a well-written and better executed script, overl...

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Thursday 23 - 14:25 h
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Section: Panorama
Director: Gabriel Lichtmann

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Dusty Stacks of Mom: The Poster Project

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Tuesday 21 - 19:10 h
Teatro San Martín Room: L. Lugones
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Saturday 25 - 14:30 h
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Section: Panorama
Director: Jodie Mack

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Eisenstein in Guanajuato

An eternal advocate of the love for the pictorial and elegance on the screen, is now trying to capture his cinephile Holy Grail: the Mexican period that changed the life of Sergei Eisenstein, one of the most mythical and refractory silent film directors. As a fundamentalist worshiper of the Russian director who is dazzled in an almost intentional w...

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Thursday 23 - 15:20 h
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Section: Panorama
Director: Peter Greenaway

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El aula vacía

The Empty Classroom is a kaleidoscope of stories, a collective film made of precise and smart short films from countries such as Argentina, by the hand of Fendrik and Martel; Mexico, with Pereda and Chenillo; Brazil, with Castro and Rocha; Peru, with Vera; Uruguay, with Stoll; Colombia with Gaviria Pérez; and El Salvador, with Huezo Sá...

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Thursday 16 - 19 h
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Saturday 18 - 18:30 h
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Thursday 23 - 20:15 h
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Section: Panorama
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El botón de nácar

Following his acclaimed 2010 documentary Nostalgia for the Light, legendary Patricio Guzmán delivers an equally stunning achievement with The Pearl Button. Whereas Nostalgia… vividly explored Chile’s national heritage through its distinctive skies and deserts, The Pearl Button takes water as its central metaphor through which fl...

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Thursday 16 - 19:50 h
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Monday 20 - 16:30 h
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Sections: Panorama Competencia DDHH
Director: Patricio Guzmán

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El Crazy Che

It’s not easy to tell a documentary from a false documentary, and inventing a character is not that different from describing it. This is the case of Guillermo Gaede, a government employee turned musician, engineer, spy employed by five countries, and a dissident theoretical physic whose extraordinary life is beyond the reach of any possible...

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Friday 17 - 23:30 h
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Monday 20 - 16:00 h
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Tuesday 21 - 16 h
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Section: Panorama
Directors: Pablo Chehebar Nicolás Iacouzzi

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El hombre de paso piedra

If documentary is an endless genre is not just because it can take any element in the world (a person, a city, or an object) and turn it into its subject, but rather because of the endless ways it can portray and question that element. In the case of Mudmen, the eye is on an old man who lives in Rio Negro and makes bricks out of mud. A young interv...

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Thursday 16 - 12:30 h
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Saturday 18 - 17:40 h
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Section: Panorama
Director: Martín Farina

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El paseo

There’s an essential difference between Fifteen Days at the Beach, Flavia de la Fuente’s previous film, and The Walk. While the first one’s matter is the natural beauty of the ocean, the second one seeks beauty where apparently there is none. And, even better, it finds it. In both films we can strongly perceive that typical melanc...

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Thursday 16 - 12:50 h
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Saturday 25 - 17:00 h
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Section: Panorama
Director: Flavia De la Fuente

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El ruido de la memoria

The director of Garage Olimpo approached the figure of Vera Vigevani Jarach, a loving 86 year-old woman who was born in Italy and came to Argentina in 1939, and later joined the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo. Her heartbreaking story synthesizes two different horrors: the Holocaust and the last military dictatorship. She lost her grandfather, who died on...

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Saturday 18 - 17 h
Fundación Proa
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Monday 20 - 12:00 h
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Tuesday 21 - 11:50 h
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Sections: Panorama Competencia DDHH
Director: Marco Bechis

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Esto es lo que hay

In one of their many songs –the one entitled “What Belongs to Everyone Belongs to No One”, Los Aldeanos say, among many other things: “Justifying all with the blockade / you need to get a license to fart / I see, I see, how ugly this is getting (…) / no evil lasts a hundred years, yup, but half, yes.” Los Aldean...

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Thursday 23 - 10:15 h
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Sections: Panorama Competencia DDHH
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False Twins

The new short by Sandro Aguilar completes a fascinating diptych with the previous Jewels (seen last year at Bafici) and, like that one, it asks us to use reason and imagination in order to run away from the comfort zone the contemporary audience has settled in. Over images -amazing, as always- of caged monkeys, bugs preserved in formaldehyde and a...

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Friday 17 - 22:45 h
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Tuesday 21 - 19:15 h
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Section: Panorama
Director: Sandro Aguilar

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