Two films by Argentine filmmaker Lisandro Alonso
Los Muertos- Sypnosis: Director Lisandro Alonso’s startling second feature centers on the journey of a recently released convict through a sweltering jungle to reunite with his family. Along the way, Alonso’s languorous takes and natural lighting carry us well beyond the borderlines between documentary and fiction into the experience of a waking dream. Suffused with mystery and richly observed detail, the film reveals as much as it conceals.
Fantasma-Sypnosis: In this commentary on cinematic rituals, the star of Alonso’s earlier film, Los Muertos (Vargas), wanders through the Argentine cinématheque in Buenos Aires, Teatro San Martin, searching for the film premiere in which he is the star. In contrast to his other films, Fantasma charts a journey that unfolds almost entirely within interior spaces without diminishing the power of his contemplative style.
About the filmmaker:
Argentine filmmaker Lisandro Alonso combines the formal techniques of fiction and documentary cinema to create his meditative, mysteriously atmospheric films. Each of his four films to date—La Libertad (2001), Los Muertos (2004), Fantasma (2006) and Liverpool (2008)—closely follow the quotidian movements of a solitary man to signify a larger journey or inner quest. The nonprofessional actors’ seemingly prosaic activities—cutting wood, journeying home, searching for a theater—become powerful allegories when set against vast landscapes, dreamlike sequences, cinematic manipulations and soundtrack music. Alonso’s formally rigorous, minimalist works are utterly unique in contemporary Latin American cinema. The UCLA Film & Television Archive is pleased to welcome Alonso to the Billy Wilder Theater on Friday, July 2 to kick-off this complete retrospective of his work.
TICKET INFO: Advance tickets are available for $10 at www.cinema.ucla.edu. Tickets are also available at the Billy Wilder Theater box office starting one hour before showtime: $9, general admission; $8, students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID.
Cost: Advance tickets are available for $10 at www.cinema.ucla.edu.
35mm, b/w & color, in Spanish with English subtitles. PARKING: At the Billy Wilder Theater: after 6 p.m., $3 in the lot under the Billy Wilder Theater. Enter from Westwood Blvd., just north of Wilshire. Before 6 p.m., $3 for the first three hours with Museum validation.
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