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Lisandro Alonso in Seattle and At the Edge of the World

Lisandro Alonso
Lisandro Alonso

The films of Lisandro Alonso, one of the most exciting and accomplished directors working to redefine filmmaking on the international stage, are showcased in Northwest Film Forum’s series “At the Edge Of The World: The Cinema of Lisandro Alonso” (November 11-20). The young filmmaker (in his early thirties) has made four features since his debut, La Libertad, in 2001. Only one of his films has been released on DVD in the U.S. (Los Muertos on Facets DVD) and all are making their respective Seattle screen debuts in this series. They are all well worth your time to see, especially on the screen. Alonso’s films are experiences, as much about the passing of time and the texture of his landscapes and the light upon his subjects (he shoots his films with available light, which has a particular way of sculpting his images) as the enigmatic characters and their journeys through their respective worlds.

Here’s a set of links to features, interviews and reviews on the filmmaker and his films, beginning with some pieces by Parallax View contributors and friends:

A Hole in the Heart of Man, Out At the Edge of the World: Some Remarks On the Cinema of Lisandro Alonso – Jay Kuehner (Parallax View)
Kathleen Murphy on Liverpool at TIFF 2008 (MSN)
Robert Horton’s review of Liverpool (Everett Herald)
Into the Wild: Sean Axmaker on Lisandro Alonso (The Stranger)
“Lisandro Alonso: Time, Space, Cinema” — Sean Axmaker (Parallax View)
“Making of Liverpool” videos (Hot Splice)


Interview with Michael Guillen (Twitch)
Interview with Violeta Kovacsics and Adam Nayman (CinemaScope)
Interview with Darren Hughes (Senses of Cinema)
Interview with R. Emmet Sweeney (The Rumpus)
Interview with Gabe Klinger (Senses of Cinema)
Interview with Neil Young (Neil Young’s Film Lounge)

More resources and links:

Lisandro Alonso Primer (links and more at Hot Splice)
Unspoken Cinema’s Lisandro Alonso page (links)
Liverpool reviews and features (links at Auteurs Notebook)
NWFF press release (on Lisandro Alonso film series and distribution of Liverpool in U.S.)