Diletante is Kris Niklison’s debut film, and she has created a singular portrait of eighty-year-old Bela Jordán, who is the kind of woman who makes you look forward to reaching that ripe age. She’s agile, lucid and has plenty of stories and opinions to share… (“If you can have fun by yourself you will have fun your whole life”). Bela also happens to be the filmmaker’s mother and the result is both an intimate and rigorous film. Diletante won Best Argentinean film award at Mar de Plata and screens at l’Alternativa on Thursday 19th November.

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.

Mexican filmmaker Nicolás Pereda returns to l’Alternativa with his latest feature film Perpetuum Mobile (Pereda’s first film ¿Dónde están sus historias? screened in competition at l’Alternativa 2007). Perpetuum Mobile is a remarkable film, eloquently raising questions about the nature of existence, and the absurdities and tragedies of contemporary life. Pereda’s short film Entrevista con la tierra is also in competition in the short film section of the festival. Perpetuum Mobile screens on Monday 16th November 2009, Entrevista con la tierra on Tuesday 17th November 2009.