review by Katja Avant-Hard

This is one of those pieces which you can interpret to your own understanding. It’s rich with symbols and connotations. It’s a nightmare, where your “Dad is a pig, and a Mum is a sheep, of course” and all three of you, the son and the parents, are sitting at the table and are eating fresh and bloody pieces of pork. But the scariest part in this nightmare is, that your strictly catholic mother tries to control your dreams. And the time goes back, to your childhood and back again. There are some epic scenes like when the mum leaks her sun ear with so much enjoyment as if it was the highest quality pork; or when they both sit in the milk bath tab, and she feeds him like a newborn. It’s a mind game, where you don’t know where the dream stops and the reality begins. And what if your own reality is more terrifying than your dreams? It’s a trap! Mum, don’t come closer! The director deliberately confuses us in the parallels and its faces of fantasy and the state of actual.

“Isac Inca Doarme” by Alexandru Ponoran was screened during the 10th Berlin International Directors Lounge [DLX], Feb 6 – 16, 2014

DL Selection XI: Wed 12 | 8:30pm | space A

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First dates tend to be awkward. You don’t know each other, but it’s fun to explore. You first meet for a coffee, and then you end up in her apartment. It’s all good, she’s got good refreshing alcohol, you’re liking each other and it’s gonna work out. Red lipstick, red mini skirt, curly hair – almost Almodovar and you’re ready for some passion. Yet the Spanish director, Manuel Arija, decides to prevent the obvious and get it a bit trashy. She is special, but so he is. They are a perfect match, like a plus and a minus on a battery, like a nut and a key. This surreal story of the two strangers won’t leave you thirsty.

Katja Avant-Hard

“Pequeños Electrodomésticos / Little Appliances” will be screened during the 10th Berlin International Directors Lounge [DLX], Feb 6 – 16, 2014 in DL Selection III:Sat 8 | 8pm | space A

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