2001. Argentina. Lisandro Alonso. 73 min.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 6:45 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2001. Argentina. Directed by Lisandro Alonso. With Misael Saavedra, Humberto Estrada, Rafael Estrada. The impact of Alonso’s feature film debut, La Libertad, and subsequent films like Los Muertos and Liverpool—with their beguilingly spare, sensuous, and enigmatic confusion of fictional and nonfictional elements—continues to be felt not only in contemporary Argentine cinema but far beyond. “Alonso’s brilliantly understated debut follows a day in the life of a migrant woodcutter totally absorbed in his ceaseless labor and the sun-bleached pampas where he works in unmitigated solitude. A poetic meditation on labor and landscape, La Libertad finds both tranquility and menacing shadows in the vast and animate wilderness unfolded within it. The documentary undercurrent of Alonso’s cinema finds its fullest expression in his vivid yet cryptically restrained portrait of Misael Saavedra, an actual woodsman, and in the film’s patient attention to the rich sounds and textures of the world definied by the young man’s ritualized work. Alonso’s most openly allegorical work, La Libertad subtly questions the ‘freedom’ and identity alternately gained and lost by the daily burden of hard labor” (Harvard Film Archive). Preserved print courtesy Harvard Film Archive. In Spanish; English subtitles. 73 min.
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