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Memories of Disintegration: Ibero-American Experimental Film

  • Michigan Theater 603 East Liberty Street Ann Arbor, MI, 48104 (map)

Presented as part of the Ann Arbor Film Festival

As the profile of Spanish language cinema continues to rise on the festival circuit, a strong commitment to experimentation remains in the cinema emanating from the region. First-rate film schools in Cuba, Argentina, and Mexico, among other nations, are producing a new generation of filmmakers who eschew the proliferation of digital techniques, returning to tactical analog modes of production (This program features work made on Video8, Super 8, 16mm, Super 35mm, and VHS). Playing with notions of self-reflexivity and nostalgia, real and imagined, these filmmakers test the boundaries of both narrative and documentary genres. Showcasing the diverse voices of these talented young artists, each of the six films highlight the vision and ingenuity of Latin America along with Spain. These shorts have screened at Cannes, Toronto International Film Festival, and New York Film Festival, along with strong Latin American showcases such as the Morelia, Mar del Plata, Valdivia, and Havana film festivals. 



DIR Luis López Carrasco | Spain | 2017 | 23 min

An icon on the ’80s “Movida” scene in Madrid, Tesa Arranz, the lead singer of the Zombies, has painted over 500 portraits of extraterrestrials. Told via her paintings, memories, poems, and diaries, Arranz narrates her own story of liberation, experimentation, and alienation. Official Selection, 2017 Toronto and New York film festivals. 

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DIR Sumie Garcia | Mexico | 2017 | 20 min

An 86-year-old man, Yukio Saeki can still remember the day he witnessed the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Now, over 70 years later, he runs a mostly deserted photography store in Mexico City. Best Documentary Short, 2017 Morelia Film Festival.

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DIR Ana Villanueva | Argentina | 2016 | 3 min

Faded memories of interrupted childhoods manifest through 322 passport photos found at 812 Maipú Street, Buenos Aires. Official Selection, 2017 Mar del Plata Film Festival.

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DIR Marcel Beltran | Cuba | 2016 | 13 min

A nostalgic homage to the crumbling realties of Havana and what its future holds. Filmmaker Marcel Beltrán allowed his celluloid footage to disintegrate, offering a utopian vision of the city by night. Official Selection, 2016 Havana Film Festival.


DIR Sofía Quirós Ubeda | Costa Rica | 2017 | 17 min

Death and departure haunt the inhabitants of Tortugeuro Island, nestled off the northern coast of Costa Rica. As their memories turn over like the ceaseless tides, a young girl must come to terms with her inevitable future. Official Selection, 2017 Critics Week, Cannes Film Festival.

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DIR Pablo Polanco, Pietro Bulgarelli | Chile/Costa Rica | 2017 | 6 min

A house floats in the sea. A blind old lady recounts a life gone by. Was she dreaming or was it god’s will? A tale of life and death connected by a wool thread. Official Selection, 2017 Valdivia Film Festival.

Earlier Event: March 8
Later Event: March 30