screened on Tuesday March 27th 2012

We were painting our studio and decided to do an impromptu screening of a wonderful film we discovered at this year’s Play-Doc Festival in Galicia. Here is what Variety Magazine had to say about it:

A fine example of a filmmaker’s engagement with his material, documaker Hermes Paralluelo’s debut feature, “Yatasto,” communes with an extended family that survives by recycling refuse on the fringes of the northern Argentine city of Cordoba. (…) Paralluelo, with his script and lensing partner Ezequiel Salinas, builds the film on sustained sequences in which his camera sits on the cart, gazing at the boys (or whomever is driving it), producing magnificent reverse tracking shots through Cordoba’s streets and boulevards. These aren’t merely elegant pieces of documentary filmmaking, but glimpses into what cinema seldom grasps: the real lives of the poor.

And see the gorgeous trailer here!

dir. Hermes Paralluelo
Argentina, 2011, 98′

Bebo, Ricardo and Pata live on the outskirts of the Argentine city of Córdoba, collecting cardboard for recycling in their battered horse-drawn cart. Hermes Paralluelo’s thoughtful documentary charts the boys’ day-to-day adventures as they go about their business, argue with their extended family, and share their dreams and aspirations. Many of the conversations are captured as the boys ride on the horse and cart through the city’s streets, the horse’s pattering offering a musical accompaniment to the ensuing action and a visual contrast to the reverse tracking shots through more affluent neighbourhoods that contrast with their sparse homes in Villa Urquiza. Ricardo cares nothing of school and dreams of being a jockey; his conscientious sister Dámaris wants to be a policewoman in the hope that she might be able to put a stop to their father’s drinking; and his grandmother Chinina reinforces the importance of hard work. The dialogue is often humorous and Paralluelo’s camera – always keeping a respectful distance – engagingly observes these tenacious teenagers at work and at play. (Maria Delgado)

The story so far…

We’ve hosted some dozens of screenings at our cinema at StudioStrike in Clapham and plans are afoot to bring our mobile cinema to new audiences in the community in 2012.

Many thanks are due to Christie for awarding us a projector, also to Harkness Screens for the fantastic screen and to StudioStrike for welcoming us into their artist studios above Clapham’s Bread & Roses pub.

In between dips in the river we hosted our first mobile cinema event, “Cinema in the Field”, at the Quadrangle Film Festival in September. Do keep an eye on their website for next year’s festival details.  We hope to camp out and collaborate with them once again in 2012. So hope to see you around the campfire there in September 2012.

This year we’ve discovered that the Kitchen Sink Cinema provides a great meeting place for film lovers & filmmakers; a cozy place to compare notes and express the highs and lows of the independent filmmakers’ arena. So do join us again in 2012 for more screenings and lively conversations!

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