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International Programme 2016
Plaza de la Soledad Maya Goded

The prostitutes of La Merced in Mexico City: between 50 and 80, often abused and beaten, courageous, strong and completely devoid of illusions. Highly intimate confessions brimming with burlesque humour.

Plaza de la Soledad

Documentary Film
Mexico
2016
84 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Martha Sosa, Eamon O’Farrill, Monica Lozano
Maya Goded
Leonardo Heiblum, Jacobo Lieberman
Maya Goded
Valentina Leduc
Lena Esquenazi, Miguel Hernández
First of all, “Plaza de la Soledad” opens with an amazing, made-for-cinema scene that works in a documentary only if filmmaking is considered a collaboration between the people in front of and behind the camera. In this case it’s a project realised by photographer and filmmaker Maya Goded and the prostitutes of La Merced in Mexico City, whose trust Goded won over years of work on a series of photos about the neighbourhood.

These women, who have sold themselves to men ever since they were young and live off them even today, are between 50 and 80 years old. That means a lot of bottled-up stuff, and cinema is their medium of choice to give vent to their stories. They are brave and strong, women who were abused or raped as young girls, had to raise their kids without husbands and describe their biographies with no illusions – no self pity, focused only on survival. At the same time there’s an energy vibrating in this film, whose narrative scope ranges from burlesque everyday humour via sexual practices with customers to the most intimate confessions that reveal glimpses of their longing for a little security and love. There’s no doubt that the renowned Magnum photographer Maya Goded is also one of the great voices of contemporary Mexican cinema.

Matthias Heeder
International Programme 2016
The World in a Corner Mariano Rentería Garnica

They spend every day by, in or on the ocean – the inhabitants of “Sacred Hill”, a rocky peninsula in the deep south of Mexico.

The World in a Corner

Documentary Film
Mexico
2016
21 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Aurora Molina Pineda, Jorge Díez Maza
Mariano Rentería Garnica
Jorge Alba
Mariano Rentería Garnica
Mariano Rentería Garnica
Mariano Rentería Garnica
Raúl Atondo
They spend every day by, in or on the ocean – the inhabitants of “Sacred Hill”, a rocky peninsula in the deep south of Mexico. But as close as they may be to the sea, it is still alien to them. A young man and a girl talk about this place: about the fact that fishing has driven away many of the sea dwelling creatures and how the sea takes revenge now. The few animals left are reserved for the tourists to look at. In haunting images the film portrays an almost dreamlike nightmare.

Kim Busch