The fifth edition of the Laterale Film Festival, the international film festival promoted by the Associazione Culturale laterale, has officially started. It will take place from September 13 to 15 in Cosenza, at the Cinema San Nicola.
In recent years, the festival has caught the attention of cinephiles for a very experimental approach to the matter. Also in 2021 in the 21 selected films (among over 780) is visible an experimentation closer to contemporary art, rather than a resumption of the codes of traditional cinema. The contamination of different art forms unites the entries presented in Cosenza, which are presented by the organizers in such a way that they can be easily enjoyed by the entire audience. This is a courageous selection but one that is attentive to the unifying significance that cinema can have, even in its most conceptual variant.
In order to focus on the dialogue around cinema, during the evenings of the festival the Cinema San Nicola will host talks that will deepen the theme, as well as the exhibition “Lustro“, an exhibition of conceptual art that will define a precise multidisciplinary whole.
Among the 21 shorts, Collater.al has chosen 5, by Italian and international directors, such as Lav Diaz‘s,Leone d’oro at the 73rd edition of the Venice International Film Festival.
Himala: a dialectic of our time – Lav Diaz (2020)
This is the world premiere of the short film by the Filipino director mentioned earlier, which collects footage of people watching the 1982 documentary “Himala” by Ishmael Bernal. The experiment is one of remote filmmaking, using very disparate devices.
Brief Glimpses on the Way to Joy – Richard Fedorchak (2020)
The title explains much of the plot. A journey of images within Rich Fedorchak’s past, with evocative music that brings to life a sphere of emotions and feelings of pure joy and melancholy.
We are Without – SJ. Ramir (2020)
Images of intimate and sensory experiences, as dense as the froth of the sea and the sound of bells. The filmmaker recreates the fullness of these experiences and memories with lenses that bubble the grain of the film like moving etchings.
Season/Patterns – James Edmonds (2020)
Four reels for four seasons, chronicling a year of everyday, immersive relationships with nature. Edmonds collects shapes in motion, lights blurring and mingling with trees, sidewalks, and dancing skirts.
The Flame of the Spent Hour – Roger Deutsch (2020)
The first and the last shot enclose a microcosm of images that have no time or place, and for this reason the ghosts that participate in the scene are part of a non-world, with no logic that can only be understood through experience.