Lisandro Alonso’s brilliant debut film follows a day in the life of Misael, a migrant woodcutter absorbed in ceaseless manual work in the Argentine Pampas. Self-sufficient and largely cut-off from the outside world, he derives his basic income and needs from nature itself. La Libertad is a poetic contemplation on labour, landscape and elemental freedom.
Dir. Lisandro Alonso, 70mins, 2001
Lisandro Alonso was born in Buenos Aires, and studied at the Universidad del Cine (FUC). One of the most accomplished and original Argentine artists working in contemporary Latin American cinema, Alonso combines fiction and documentary techniques to create meditative, mysteriously atmospheric films. Each film follows a solitary man, signifying a larger journey or inner quest, within exquisite natural landscapes shot on 35mm. Working with non-actors from rural communities, the slow rhythm of everyday life is distinctive and mesmerizing. In 2003 he founded 4L, a production company based in Buenos Aires, to produce his own films. Alonso’s first feature La Libertad (2001) was chosen for the Festival de Cannes (Un Certain Regard). His other features, Los Muertos (2004) Fantasma (2006) and Liverpool (2008), were also invited to Cannes, premiering in the Director’s Fortnight.
Curated by AV Festival 12. Regional Premiere.
£5 / £3.50
Fri 9 March 2012, 1.45pm-3.20pm
10 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle NE1 6QG