filmmaker

Lisandro Alonso

Alonso studied film at the University of Cinema (FUC) in Buenos Aires and worked as a sound engineer until the year 2000 when he made his first feature, Freedom. The film chronicles the everyday working life of a young rural woodcutter, Misael, who lives cut off from civilisation, and explores the atavistic, the landscape, violence and the solitary life in a strange, singular way. The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Festival, where Alonso later presented Los muertos (The Dead, 2004), a radical film, imbued with an alienation from a mysterious landscape, and Fantasma (Ghost, 2006), which he also produced. With these three films, Alonso laid the foundations for his own cinematographic style. He is a film-maker who has garnered great critical acclaim through his inventiveness and ability to blend both reality and fiction. Liverpool (2008), shot in Ushuaia, in southern Argentina, was chosen as the Best Feature Film at the Gijón International Festival that same year. The jury praised Alonso’s film as «a commitment to a radical cinema that takes risks and is seldom catered to by commercial circuits». The film tells the story of seaman who is returning to his homeland and his past. His ship drops anchor for a few days as he heads back towards his life’s new journey, within the framework of a story that is as simple, dark, cold and melancholy as the wintry landscape of Patagonia. All Lisandro Alonso’s productions are shot on film, preferably in 35 mm, because, in this way, you can feel the weight of the camera, plan each shot and reveal the substance of the decisions that have been taken.


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