Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Feature
Section:New Visions Competition
Rating:Not Rated
Production Country:Argentina
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Lukas Valenta Rinner
Producer:Lukas Valenta Rinner
Alex Piperno
Juan Pablo Martinez
Screenwriter:Esteban Prado
Ana Godoy
Lukas Valenta Rinner
Music:Dino Spiluttini
Cinematographer:Roman Kasseroller
Editor:Ana Godoy
Javier Favot
Cast:Pablo Seijo
Eva Bianco
Martin Shanly
A normal day in Buenos Aires? Look closer. Something is very wrong here.
While the news speaks of riots and social unrest, with hints of worse to come, a group of people on a bus head for the delta jungle. Why? Nothing is explained, the geography is ambiguous, and incidents simply occur. Little is said; there is no recognizable psychology—and things just keep getting stranger. Even before the first shot (a perfect Reygadas homage), sinister pulsing music sets the mood. What follows is impeccable, spellbinding filmmaking with a closing image impossible to forget. Mixing the observational visual approach of Austrian filmmakers like Seidl, Geyrhalter, and Haneke with Argentine narrative sensibilities—a sort of truncated Historias Extraordinarias (Cinequest, 2009)—Parabellum is a mesmerizing journey into a most modern heart of darkness. - Charlie Cockey