Evoking Ulysses, Lisandro Alonso’s latest film follows estranged seaman Ferrel on a journey home to his family. Filmed in snowy Tierra del Fuego, the world’s most southerly town, this solitary road movie meditates on searching for the past. Named after the key-ring Ferrel gives his daughter just before his final departure to another anonymous port, Liverpool is Alonso’s most complex and mature film.
Dir. Lisandro Alonso 84mins, 2008
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
Sun 11 March 2012, 9pm-11pm
Newcastle NE1 2NP