Members Event: Latino Film Poets in “Action”——El Viaje, Fernando Ezequiel Solanas, 1992
Feb 15, 2019 Friday 19:00 - 21:00
Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road, Huangpu District)
Constantly influenced by geopolitics, Francis Alÿs makes cities in Mexico, Argentina and the rest of Latin America as his main sources of inspiration for art creation, and uses poetic and allegorical methods to address political and social realities. He shares many similarities with two masters in the realm of film. The Argentine filmmaker Fernando Ezequiel Solanas, who developed the theory of the Third Cinema, has been committed to promoting the culture and development of the third world countries: even the most poetic scenarios in his films contain political satire, while the Chilean filmmaker Alexandre Jodorowsky has made roads an element highly repeated or a theme always discussed in his films. A Story of Deception, a work exhibited in “Francis Alÿs: La dépense”,also centers around a highway, halved by a dotted white line, extending towards a mirage glimmering on the horizon. In this talk, Lu Zhiyu, a well-known film critic, will share his ideas on two movies which are deeply rooted in the culture of their filmmakers’ homeland: El Viaje by Fernando Ezequiel Solanas and Poesía sin fin by Alexandre Jodorowsky.
In Fernando Ezequiel Solanas’s movie, El Viaje, which is one of the most beautiful road movies for me without any doubt, the journey of the teenage boy Martin in search of his father shows not only the Latin American solitude as depicted in works of Francia Márquez, but the unique spirits rooted in the magical land of Latin America. The art ambition of the director started in Argentina and then spread across the whole South America. Through his poetic lens, even the fate statement sending the strongest political message is in the color of freedom, like the feelings of striding on La nube (Clouds) and the journey in El Viaje. Everything starts and ends at will.--- Lu Zhiyu
Lu Zhiyu, film critic, chief editor of “Watching movie until death,” a WeChat Official Account, and co-founder of the Whale Movie Club. He has published The Clown, the Tears of the Circus and has been a judge in the 10th FIRST International Film Festival Xining.
Free admission, reservation is required.