First Up if anyone from the festival programming team happens to read this slow movies and 2:30 - 3:30 in the afternoon is nap inducing in a darkened cinema.
My first film today was the Belgium offering that connects a photo-journalist in Belgium (returned after a tragedy in Iraq) and a young bride in the Andes Altiplano region.
The film is part magic realism, part striking reality. Beautifully shot with long slow shots aplenty and a tale of multiple tragedies the film is engulfing (if a little hard to find the microsleeps). This is a film that is unlikely to get a commercial release, the true heart of a film-festival. The rituals and beliefs are played out as the isolated village surrounded by big corporate mines deals with an increasing amount of rapid onset unexplained blindness, illness and death.
The film does not follow a wholly traditional narrative path, but does have strong resolution.
This is a chance to see a culture that is not well known outside the Peruvian Andes...I was priveledged to experience this film.