In 2014 — already having proven himself (with films such as Los muertos and Liverpool) a master of so-called neo-neorealism (characterized by the blurring of distinctions between fiction and documentary, actor and character, and narrative and observation) — Lisandro Alonso made a bold move in his career with the release of Jauja, a dreamlike fable that proved him comfortable in a register that is tonally very different from his earlier films. What still links Jauja to Alonso’s earlier works, is a penchant for heightened realism — in which he emphasises off-screen spaces and receding backgrounds, through image, sound and narrative — that “builds a bridge between a civilized modern world and an alternate primitive and barbaric world to which the former feels drawn and watches with fascination.”‘Into the Unknown’, Quintín, Film Comment, September/October 2014
This symposium proposes to examine Alonso’s cinema, its specific production context and aesthetic strategies, focussing on its freedom from restrictions of generic cinema (psychological realism, causal narration…).
All talks will be held in English.
Tickets, full program and practical info: TBD.
This symposium is held on the occasion of the retrospective and carte blanche, organized by CINEMATEK, Cinea and Courtisane, in collaboration with Research Center for Visual Poetics of the University of Antwerp, Instituto Cervantes & the Embassy of Argentina in Belgium. More info: www.courtisane.be and www.cinematek.be.