Devil's Freedom

Film - Feature | September 15 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Both victims and victimizers bear witness to Mexico’s recent wave of violence in Everardo González’s unblinking documentary, which functions both as a work of highly stylized, at times surrealist art and as a more straightforward, old-school effort to “crystallize how Mexicans feel about both the violence itself and its omnipresence” (Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter). The interviewees are clad in face-tight, ghostly masks, framed by cinematographer María Secco both intimately and in a series of unnerving still lifes; through these artful effects, their stories of trauma, chaos, and survival quietly resonate. “Harrowing . . . mournful . . . deeply impactful” (Jessica Kiang, Variety).

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