Locarno in Los Angeles 2018 - Shorts Program
Locarno in Los Angeles: Shorts Program (Five films)
Luis López Carrasco
Spain, 2017, 23 min.
An alien is a foreigner, an outcast and, in popular culture, an inhabitant from another planet. Tesa Arranz, a key figure in the 1980s Madrid scene and the lead singer of the Zombies, has painted over 700 portraits of outer-space creatures. Confronting the singers paintings with the memories of her youth, her poems and diaries, Aliens depicts the emotional landscape, in Spanish history, where happiness, nightmarish experimentations and alienation walked hand in hand.
Germany, Denmark, 2017, 17 min.
Many years ago, the cities by the river were gripped by a contagion. Things started to change and it was not clear if the transformation was a symptom of the disease or a way to escape it. The contagion touched everything: animals, plants, stones, soil, men, women and children, their thoughts, dreams, memories. An old woman once told me how all memories turn into trees; I could hardly make out what she was saying. She said she could hear the trees singing: to be a body, to be any body. After the contagion ended, the cities appeared untouched. One had to look hard to see the traces of the previous time. If one could listen to the trees, what would they say? A way out, a way out?
Winner: Fondación Casa Wabi Mantarraya Award (Signs of Life)
Helena Girón and Samuel M. Delgado
Spain, 2017, 13 min.
Plus Ultra is the motto of the Spanish state. This slogan was used to encourage navigators to conquer new territories and to forget the warning from mythology: Non Terrae Plus Ultra (there is no land beyond here). The Canary Islands, testing ground for the tactics used during the colonization of the Americas, becomes the setting for a tale about this land.
Canada, 2017, 15 min.
Canada. Recent immigrants work on a scaffolding. In order to break their routine they observe the people beneath them, from a unique, precarious and ephemeral point of view.
WASTELAND NO. 1: ARDENT, VERDANT
U.S., 2017 , 16mm, 5 min.
A eulogy for wasted potential sends the out of date to the out of body: trash to treasure. An appetite for destruction charts the product life cycle, interrupting the horizon through an intersection of perspectives.
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