Film - Feature | September 15 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Both victims and victimizers bear witness to Mexicos recent wave of violence in Everardo Gonzálezs 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).