The Human Surge (El auge del humano)
Location la: Bartos Screening Room
Winner, Best Director. Dir. Eduardo Williams. Argentina/Portugal/Brazil, 2016, 97 mins. Spanish, Portuguese and Cebuano with English subtitles. Buenos Aires. Exe, 25 years old, has just lost his job and is not looking for another one. His neighbors and friends seem as odd to him as they always have. Online, he meets Alf, a boy from Mozambique who is also bored with his job and who is about to follow Archie, another boy who has run away into the jungle. Through the dense vegetation of the forest, Archie tracks ants back to their nest. One of them wanders off course and comes across Chai, a Filipina who is sitting on a giant heap of earth and about to return to her strange, beautiful home town. The mysterious, humorous ways in which their adventures connect (or don’t) fuels The Human Surge, a film about our present moment that boldly and wildly looks towards our future. Winner of the top prize in the 2016 Locarno Film Festival’s Filmmakers of the Present section, Williams’s audacious debut feature has been hailed as “an exhilarating, boldly paradoxical experience” (Nick Pinkerton, Artforum).
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