2009. Chile. Bettina Perut, Ivan Osnovikoff. 80 min.
U.S. premiere. Presented by Isabel Arrate
Saturday, February 27, 2010, 1:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2009. Chile. Directed by Bettina Perut, Ivan Osnovikoff. Revealing how every image represents a range of possible interpretations, Perut and Osnovikoff subversively employ the structure of a TV news show to sum up the current events in a manner all their own. A complex audiovisual experiment, the film dishes up a panoply of footage—the recently deceased, waiting patients, horny monkeys, discarded junk, blistering heat, gushing tears, gurgling air bubbles in water, and lots of foot soles—with a great deal of feeling for composition: the camera alternates between extreme close-up and extremely wide shots, avoiding the cliché master shot wherever possible, and tight shots are always shot with a tripod. One interpretation could be that News is trying to sketch the fleeting beauty of existence, in both its crushing virility and its commonplace vulnerability. In Spanish; English subtitles. 80 min.
In the Film exhibition Documentary Fortnight, 2010: MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film
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