March 2010

Liverpool

by Lisandro Alonso

Farrel, a sailor on a container ship, goes ashore to visit his mother after many years at sea. He travels through the snow-covered expanses of the Tierra del Fuego in icy temperatures to reach the isolated village of his birth. Taciturn and introverted, he wanders through the wilderness as the mountains rise alongside him, a slow and hesitant return. When he arrives at his childhood home, there is no joyful welcome but rather a surprising encounter: the family has a new addition.

A variation on the theme of loneliness, characterized by striking visual compositions, careful treatment of color and light, long shots and a camera prone to wandering off at will.

“Lisandro Alonso, one of the magicians of minimalist cinema (“Los Muertos”, 2004), confronts the viewer with a type of concentrated cinematic language entirely his own, which only reveals the actual motor of its narration right at the end." (Taken from the catalogue of the 4th “Around the World in 14 Films" festival)

"There’s a touch of Kaurismäki in many of the scenes, both due to their laconic quality and the way they’re directed. But unlike Kaurismäki, Alonso’s tragedies do not hide behind what could be called absurdist humor and dismissed as such. For what is revealed when the man reaches the end of his journey, stays there for a while and then departs again, is a tragedy." (Rüdiger Suchsland)

“Lisandro Alonso can be counted as one of the most headstrong directors in world cinema. In Liverpool, he draws once again on motifs from his previous oeuvre: a solitary man, a universe of small, everyday movements, a lack of words, a search. But while Alonso’s previous work filmed the lush green landscape of the pampa or the northeast of Argentina, staged sex with a certain roughness and showed the death of an animal without ever cutting away, he now finds restraint in the snow-covered, mountainous expanses of the Tierra del Fuego. His sensitive approach to color, light, rhythm and detail is all the more affecting for it.” (Cristina Nord) (Text: Viennale 2009)

LIVERPOOL

Country / Year: Argentina, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain 2008, Running time: 84 min, Spanish with English subtitles, Release date: 15.04.2010

Director: Lisandro Alonso, Script: Lisandro Alonso, Salvador Roselli, Cinematography: Lucio Bonelli, Sound: Catriel Vildosola, Music: Flormaleva, Editing: Lisandro Alonso, Fernando Epstein, Martin Mainoli, Sergi Dies, Producers 4L (Argentina), Fortuna Films (the Netherlands), Slot Machine (France) as a coproduction with Eddie Saeta (Spain), Black Forest Films (Germany) with the support of the INCAA, the Hubert Bals Fund, the Rotterdam IFF, the World Cinema Fund, Programa IBERMEDIA
Cast: Juan Fernandez, Giselle Irrazabal, Nieves Cabrera