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The films of Nelson Carlo de Los Santos Arias, who will be in conversation with Carlo Chatrian

  • Wolf 59 Weserstraße Berlin, Berlin, 12045 Germany (map)

Nelson Carlo de Los Santos Arias studied cinematography in Buenos Aires, then later in Edinburgh College of Art, where he started making experimental work. He is currently guest resident at DAAD‘s Berlin artist programme. He will be in conversation with Berlinale artistic director Carlo Chatrian after the screening of COCOTE.

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SANTA TERESA & OTRAS HISTORIAS
Dominikanische Republik, 2015, 65 Min, Spanisch mit englischen Untertiteln.

In the city of Santa Teresa, on the border between Mexico and the United States, investigator Juan de Dios Martínez—part journalist, part detective—tries to uncover the truth surrounding a series of female homicides. The resulting film approaches cinema as a completely free territory: if this is a film about the border between two countries, so too it is about breaking the limits of cinema, bringing down walls between fiction and documentary, and doing away with storytelling and structural conventions. The film presents us with a succession of stories which are connected to each other in ways which are sometimes obvious, secretive, profound or surprising. This is a pluralistic, unclassifiable and chameleonic style of cinema and perhaps the only way to take on certain challenges. (Tabakalera Art Center, San Sebastian)

COCOTE
Dominikanische Republik, Argentinien, Deutschland, Qatar- 2017, 106 Min, Spanisch mit englischen Untertiteln

Der Gärtner Alberto reist zum Begräbnis seines Vaters in seine Heimat, wo er als Evangelikaler plötzlich gezwungen ist, an religiösen Zeremonien teilzunehmen, die seinen Vorstellungen zuwider laufen. Zudem sinnt der Rest der Familie nach Rache am Mörder des Vaters … COCOTE beschreibt in eindringlichen Bildern unauflösbare Gegensätze einer zerrissenen Gesellschaft und markiert ein kräftiges Lebenszeichen des Kinos aus der Dominikanischen Republik „Fiebrig und Bildgewaltig“ Der Standard
„This film feels like the caribean holiday of David Lynch and Lav Diaz“ fm4