The Festivals: Criticisms of the American Contest: “Los Plebs”, by Eduardo Geralt Braun and Emmanuel Maso; And “The Annotated Field Guide of Ulysses S. Grant”, by Jim Finn – # BAFICI2021

Written by Ezequiel Buiti and Diego Patley

Posted on 2021-03-22

The present and the past of Mexico and the United States are combined in these two films that compete in the section that first appeared in this edition.

Loos measures (Mexico / 2021). Directed by: Eduardo Geralt Braun and Emmanuel Massou. Screenplay: Eduardo Geralt Braun. Photography and Sound: Emmanuel Masu. Edition: Santiago Cendeja and Joaquín Cela. Music: Alonso Escuenka. Executive production: Gabo Stauffenhagen and Francisco Paparella. Production company: Cine Buró, Río Azul, and Vice. Duration: 75 minutes. ★★★ ✩✩“I’ve always been interested in the evil in people.”Eduardo Geralt, co-director with Emmanuel Maso Loos measures, The documentary by Vice Studios that, after its world premiere at FICUMAM, is now arriving at the new US BAFICI competition.

Plebe is a term generally used to refer to children, which in this case refers to those young men in their twenties who have put their lives at the service of crime, the only possibility for economic progress in the context of marginalization, poverty, lack of education and inclusion. Loos measures It is precisely a close and emotional record that examines the thinking methods, motives, and expectations of a group of killers from the powerful Sinaloa Gang.

Giralt’s interest appears in an inconspicuous way, because evil is not a consequence, but rather a cause: Nobody believes that what they are doing is right. Filmed almost entirely with cell phones, Loos measures He begins threatening a director to film without permission in a restricted area. It’s not easy for them, nor for the boys, especially for the 30-year-old who is on the edge of the average life expectancy of a battered man.

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The film suggests an abstract view of common spaces, focusing on what is not seen or heard in the news. There are its main advantages, which is to shed light on the unknown. An aesthetic intersecting with mostly disorganized and vertical images, added to blurred faces to preserve the identity of many and narrative derivative, roughly from squares with everyday apostille, makes Los Plebes a much more valuable film due to its watchful nature. Cinematic. Ezequiel Botti

Annotated Field Manual by Ulysses S. Grant (US / 2020). Directed and published by Jim Finn. Voice: Alexander Banus and Jesse Stiles. Music: Colin Burke. Duration: 61 minutes. ★★★ ✩✩

In a line referring relentlessly to films such as Seminal Profit motive, whisper winds, By John Gianvito, this new work by a BAFICI regular as Jim Finn (the focus of his work was, was part of a jury) proposes to reconstruct (and rethink) many of the battles of the Civil War (1861-1865), such as those in Shiloh, Belmont, Cedar Creek, Port Gibson, and Five Works.

Finn travels to a few states (Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington DC, and West Virginia) to visit the places where the fighting took place and to film (Always in 16mm) memorials, cemeteries and monuments, as well as landscapes and tourists, While contemplating the issue of war, politics and slavery.

Sound and music resources (which also includes helpful copies of Roberto and Erasmo Carlos), use of paintings, illustrations, photos, animations and even board games make this tinkering an interesting suggestion as to how to show history (something similar to Mariano Llinás) who specializes in A concert for the battle of Tala). The sheer amount of data, quotes, and references from the voiceover make the experience somewhat daunting (it is narrated from the perspective of the 18th President of the United States, Victorious General Ulysses S. Grant), although it is not less valuable for it. The Battle of Diego

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