She Unfolds By Day is Rolf Belgum’s very unusual tribute to his mother, a former stand-up comedian now suffering from alzheimer’s. She plays herself in this wonderful film, which, in a series of disjointed loops, melds fiction, documentary and nature elements into a strange mixture of heightened reality and unconscious imagery. Belgum spent four years weaving visuals of tiny creatures from his backyard, animated motions of his dog and sublime expressions of wolf life with the antics of his forgetful 80-year-old mother. Screening in competition at l’Alternativa on Wednesday 18th November 2009.
Zero Bridge is Tariq Tapa’s debut feature film. It was shot entirely on location in Srinagar, Kashmir, with a local cast of non-professional actors and with a technical crew of one: the director. The film is a subtle, realist fiction portraying a young Kashmiri man caught between adapting or fleeing. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year, and recently screened at Karlovy Vary. The film will receive its Spanish premiere in the feature film competition at l’Alternativa. Screening Tuesday 17th November.