Nana with Valérie Massadian
France. Dir. Valérie Massadian. 2011, 68 mins. With Kelyna Lecomte, Alain Sabras, Marie Delmas. Winner of the Best First Feature award at the Locarno Film Festival, Nana is an intimate, enigmatic film from a child’s viewpoint that never veers into childishness or sentimentality. Unfolding in fixed takes around a French country farmhouse, the film follows four-year-old Nana, inexplicably abandoned by adults and left to tackle life on her own. As she plays and prepares food, the tension of her guardianless solitude is tempered by her continual new discoveries.
Preceded by Untitled (Letter to Serra)
Argentina. Dir. Lisandro Alonso. 2011, 23 mins. Conceived as a correspondence with the Spanish director Albert Serra, this wryly self-reflexive dispatch finds director Alonso (Los Muertos, Liverpool) taking aim at his past and imagining his future.
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