La maldita ilusión (Título en Ingles: "The Bloody Illusion")

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Año de producción: 2014

Dirección: Sergio Bonacci Lapalma. Iluminación: Matías David Mayolo. Asistente de dirección: Bernardo David Heredia / Melina Pafundi. Guión: Sergio Bonacci Lapalma. Música: Los Natas. Montaje: Sergio Bonacci Lapalma. Sonido: José Lucas Vecci, Ramiro Nogueiras y Sergio Bonacci Lapalma. Jefe de producción: Sergio Bonacci Lapalma y Beatriz Silvia Laris de Lapalma. Producida por: Maldita Producciones, con la colaboración del Centro de Investigación de Experimentación de Video y Cine, Filma Bonito y La Comuna de San Jerónimo Norte.

Sistema de color: color. Formato: HD. Duración: 23 minutos (15 minutos)


"The film switches back and forth between realities with editing moves that complicate the simple forward-motion of narrative. There is never a dull moment, though; this is an example of editing that manipulates time in the serviBut we know from conversations with the elderly couple (which also feature prominently in the film) that they do get back together eventually. That part is not acted out – and this is the significance of the interaction between fact and fiction that La Maldita Ilusión so expertly presents. Not only are there distinct scenes of acting and present-day interviewing with the elderly couple, but the voices of the present-day couple actually interpenetrate the acted narrative. As Mary, representing her younger self, flees the home with her children (played by her grandchildren), her voice narrates. ce of the film’s communicatory mission rather than for its own sake. The unusual presentation of the narrative, its disjointed imagery and frequent interruptions, its jarring movements through time – all serve to convey the internal struggles and symbolism of a life interrupted by the shock and confusion of alcoholism. The editing is artful and forceful, and the style is characteristic of earlier work by the film’s director, Sergio Bonacci Lapalma. La Maldita Ilusión is undoubtedly an art film, and symbolic content centres everything about the plot and the development of its characters. Scenes that simulate addiction with shocking imagery and sharp sound flash across the screen, interrupting narrative but in the service of narrative. Animation features in some of these scenes, such as when an enormous animated spider weaves its web and traps its prey. There is insect imagery, too, but in the form of people: in one of these instances, Gallego (who is an alcoholic) stands frozen before a glowing porch light – transfixed like a moth, trapped like a spider’s prey (or is he the spider?), chained to his addiction. The most significant accomplishment of the film, however, is the manner in which it deliberately combines fact with fiction. Gallego and Mary are a happily-married couple in the Argentine countryside with a troubled past. Gallego hasn’t had a drink in years, but before he stopped, alcoholism took its toll on their lives. The film documents the tumultuous past of Gallego’s addiction and its effects on their relationship. This is the documentary aspect of the film, and the truth of their beautiful story underpins the whole work. But in much of the film (and it seems that this was originally intended as the central focus of the film) Gallego and Mary appear as actors. They play their own lives, but as their younger selves: he drinks heavily, she suffers; she takes the children and leaves him. Is this the voice of Mary herself, or Mary acting as her younger self? The seamless interaction of worlds – past and present; fact and fiction (though of course even the acted scenes representing the past point to something true as Mary’s and Gallego’s actual experience) – makes it difficult to distinguish between them. In reality, there is no distinction, and the film does an excellent job at presenting a unified, jumbled picture; the difficulty of interpretation is perhaps itself a metaphor for the jumbled world of the addict and the confusion of the people that love him. Clarity comes with the present-day testimony of Mary and Gallego, whose retrospective discussion forms the basis from which the viewer can understand the meaning of everything else. The story is powerful because it is real. The film feels complete because it is unfinished. The imagery, the testimony, and the editing are powerful, but they are not refined. The film is messy because the topic is messy. The filmmakers themselves participate in the film: we hear their half of conversations, and occasionally they even find their way into the frame. This technique works so well because the rest of the film is polished – not refined, not simple, but polished – and the intervention of the filmmaker is another move, deliberate and spontaneous, to make the film more real. It works, and the story comes to life. ■"

Atlas & Aeris 26 March 2015 Documentaries, Reviews, Shorts

Festivales y muestras[editar]

"Cultural Interest" by the Municipality of Las Tunas Las Tunas, Santa Fe May 22, 2014 America premiere Declared "Cultural Interest" for its work

Doc Outlook-International Market of Visions du Réel International Film Festival (Switzerland, Nyon) April 16, 2014 Europe premire

FEST - New Directors | New Films Festival Film Festival Espinho, Portugal June 23, 2014 Portugal premiere

DIY FILM FEST Vaughan, Toronto, Canada October 15, 2014 Canada Premiere

Festival del Centro de Investigación y Experimentación de Vídeo y Cine Buenos Aires, Argentina September 17, 2014 Buenos Aires, Premiere Won the Audience Choice Award

X Festival Transterritorial de Cine Underground Buenos Aires, Argentina September 30, 2014

Nielsen Reviews Digital Awards in Cinematography 2015 New York City, U.S.A. January 15, 2015 North America Premiere Winner for Best Editing

JUMPTHECUT Singapore, Asia March 15, 2015

The Film Festival of Women MARIALIONZA Venezuela March 8, 2015 Venezuela premiere



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