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Cecilia Barrionuevo, Artistic Director of Argentina’s Mar del Plata Film Festival, will introduce a screening of La Libertad by Lisandro Alonso, former Radcliffe-FSC fellow.

Lisandro Alonso, 2001, Argentina, 73 minutes
Lisandro Alonso’s landmark feature debut, based on months of closely observing its subject’s routines, follows a day in the life of Misael, a young woodcutter in the Argentinean pampas. Using long takes that are at once uninflected and hyper-attentive, La Libertad chronicles the stark facts and repetitive actions of Misael’s largely solitary existence: he searches for trees and chops wood, pauses to defecate or eat, prepares and transports the logs for sale, returns to his camp to build a fire and cook his dinner. The title crystallizes a question about this man’s life: is the cyclical daily grind a burden or a kind of freedom? Or does the title refer to Alonso’s conception of an anti-dramatic, materialist cinema, absolutely in-the-moment and liberated from the traditional confines of fiction and documentary? “An account of everyday work that transforms the banal into poetry, maybe even myth,” James Quandt wrote of La Libertad, named one of the top 10 films of the past decade in Cinema Scope magazine. An NYFF39 selection. (Film at Lincoln Center)


Artistic Director of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival and a permanent member of the Festival’s programming team since 2010, Cecilla has also collaborated as a guest film programmer at the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires, Sala Lugones at the San Martín Theater, Cortópolis Festival, La Casa Encendida in Madrid, the International Film Festival of Uruguay, Museum of Contemporary Art of Buenos Aires, Neighboring Scenes – The Films Society of Lincoln Center, Antofacine. She co-edited the publication  Las  Naves Cine and  the books El tiempo detenido and Film Comment, una antología. She has contributed as a writer to various cultural publications, magazines and books, taken part in round tables and conferences and taught film classes. (DocumentaMadrid)


This screening is open to the Harvard community.