PANORAMA – ALGORITHMS BY IAN MCDONALD (ENG)

Simply told, the film follows three young blind chess players- Darpan, Sai Krishna, Anant, and their inspiring and indefatigable mentor Charudatta, around India and then internationally in the search for recognition and victory measuring their final goal to become champions in sighted as well as blind chess championships. Exploring both the personal and family worlds of the trio (and hinting at the class differences that cut across the social fact of blindness), exploring the spectrum of blindness (and blind chess) and how it impacts on the game, McDonald doesn’t neglect to chronicle what one could call the dead moments with an accomplished poetic eye.

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PANORAMA: LA DANZA DE LA REALIDAD DE ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY (SPA)

La danza de la realidad, película que reúne tras 20 años al cineasta Alejandro Jodorowsky y al productor francés Michel Seydoux, es un arrebato fecundado en el corazón del realismo mágico, sello de agua del imaginario latinoamericano de la interpretación de lo real, pero esta vez para ser el vehículo sentimental de la autobiografía con toques de grotesco de un psicomago.

INTREPID PALPITATIONS: AN EVENING WITH SAUL LEVINE

Traversing the line between film archiving and filmmaking, The Big Stick bravely intercuts two Chaplin shorts which center on police riot control and street revolts. Levine contextualizes the Chaplin reels to his own epoch, abruptly cutting in the middle of frames, which could be read as a visual signpost of political strife. The arcane rhythm of Levine’s palpitations are actually quite simple: they are raw visual meters that culminate with their respective contexts.

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